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HIV/AIDS HIV patients using marijuana in smoked and pill forms have improved immune function
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HIV patients using marijuana in smoked and pill forms have improved immune function

Donald Abrams, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, et al., wrote the following in their article "Short-term Effects of Cannabinoids in Patients with HIV-1 Infection: A Randomized, Placebo-controlled Clinical Trial," published Aug. 2003 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine:

Quote:"Conclusions: Smoked and oral cannabinoids [marijuana] did not seem to be unsafe in people with HIV infection with respect to HIV RNA levels, CD4 and CD8 cell counts, or protease inhibitor levels over a 21-day treatment."

The accompanying "Summaries For Patients" provided by the journal stated:
"Patients receiving cannabinoids [smoked marijuana and marijuana pills] had improved immune function compared with those receiving placebo. They also gained about 4 pounds more on average than those patients receiving placebo."
Aug. 2003 - Donald Abrams, MD

Source: http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view....000884#hiv
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