Hepatitis C is an infectious disease affecting an estimated 180 million people worldwide. Caused by the HVC virus, Hepatitis C will attack the body causing cirrhosis of the liver, leaving heavy scaring in cases where prolonged infection persists. The disease is most commonly spread by blood-to-blood exposure but can also be transmitted sexually. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine to prevent the Hepatitis C virus.
There are two phases of Hepatitis C: Acute and Chronic. The Acute phase refers to the first 6 months after infection. There are little to no symptoms present in this phase. If symptoms do occur, they are generally nothing that may lead to a direct diagnosis of the infection. Symptoms during the Chronic phase begin to show more clearly. However the disease is usually found during routine check-ups where blood or liver function tests come back differently than expected. Patients have reported feeling flu-like symptoms, fatigue, joint pain, nausea, depression, loss of appetite and problems sleeping. Untreated Hepatitis C can cause cirrhosis of the liver in as little as 15 years.
Medical Cannabis and Hepatitis
Medical Cannabis can help to combat Hepatitis C twofold; both by alleviating the symptoms caused by the disease and also the side effects of the treatment. Sativa dominant strains can help patients suffering from exhaustion and depression. Indica dominant strains are great to combat problems sleeping. Both indicas and sativas will help to stimulate appetite and fight nausea