A study conducted and funded by the state of New Mexico found that marijuana is effective as an anti-nausea drug and is far more superior to the best available “conventional” drug. Jim Barnes, an AIDS victim, told Peter Gorman of “High Times” magazine he used marijuana to help calm himself and to stimulate his appetite.
While conventional drugs are known to slow the production rate of HIV, these drugs have terrible side effects, especially when used in combination, that include twitching, tremors, drooling, problems with balance, restlessness, seizures, nausea, flu symptoms, joint pain and swelling, fainting, dizziness, headaches, etc.
Marijuana is also far less addictive and less subject to abuse than many drugs now used as muscle relaxants, hypnotics and analgesics. Consumer Reports states that for patients with advanced AIDS “the apparent benefits some derive from smoking marijuana far outweighs any of the negatives.”
Medical marijuana can also provide relief for other symptoms of HIV/AIDS, disease or treatment related. AIDS and its treatment isn’t about politics, it’s about people. If marijuana can save a life or at least alleviate the pain, there is no reason why it shouldn’t be made available to those who need it.