Legal medical industry in Arizona
Arizona is among 15 states that have laws permitting eligible patients to consume medicinal marijuana for the treatment of approved conditions and terminal illnesses. Eligibility for a marijuana recommendation depends upon both type and severity of an illness, and all patients must first speak with a physician to determine if medical marijuana is the right treatment for them.
Hepatitis C is a viral disease that leads to the swelling of the liver, and the state of Arizona has included it in its list of debilitating medical conditions which make patients eligible to consume medical marijuana. Cannabis has several beneficial effects on Hepatitis C patients, notably the fact it is the only effective means of reducing the side effects of the interferon and/or ribavirin treatment for the virus.
The side effects of these treatments occur in roughly 10 percent of all patients, and are so uncomfortable they often force patients to either postpone or end the process for a period of time. Among these are nausea and vomiting, depression, irritability, weight loss, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, and low-grade fever.
Marijuana’s anti-anxiety, anti-depressant and stress reducing qualities make have shown to greatly reduce these psychological symptoms and side effects, and cannabis is currently the only product on the market capable of achieving this result.
Additionally, marijuana also stimulates the appetite of patients suffering from Hepatitis C and AIDS as well as other conditions listed under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.
Maintaining a healthy appetite is a vital element that can avoid starvation and extremely weight loss in some cases.
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