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Hepatitis C & Cannabis

This year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health added hepatitis C as a qualifying condition to receive your medical card. In this short article, we will learn what hepatitis C is and how medical cannabis can help alleviate the condition.

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Hepatitis C is an infectious liver disease that can lead to inflammation, fatigue, mood swings, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) as well as appetite loss. Cannabis however, contains various cannabinoids and terpenes that may have therapeutic effects for these conditions. Let's explore how specific components of the plant can potentially help individuals with hepatitis C.

Cannabinoids like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) have been studied for their anti-inflammatory properties. In regard to hepatitis C, THC may help reduce liver inflammation and associated discomfort. THC tinctures which are designed for oral ingestion, or many products in the program may be a great option to help ease symptoms associated with hepatitis C.

CBD (cannabidiol) is another great cannabinoid found in cannabis. Studies suggest that CBD may help combat fatigue and improve energy levels. CBD in flower, vapes, and tinctures can be ingested orally or vaporized to potentially alleviate fatigue related to the condition.

Another common issue among hepatitis C patients is loss of appetite. CBG (cannabigerol) is a cannabinoid associated with stimulating hunger senses, meaning, CBG rich strains in combination with THC may help alleviate this symptom.

The terpenes found in cannabis may also aid patients with hepatitis C. Limonene, a terpene with a citrusy aroma, is known for its potential mood-enhancing effects. Strains rich in

limonene, such as Green Envy or Pineapple Express, may help combat mood swings, anxiety or depression. Caryophyllene is a terpene with a spicy, peppery aroma, and is well known for its benefits as a potential anti-inflammatory. Strains higher in caryophyllene, such as GG4 and Gnasha, may help reduce an inflammatory response due to hepatitis C.

While cannabis shows promise in relieving hepatitis C symptoms, it is essential to consult with healthcare professionals before considering it. In the state of Pennsylvania, products are offered in varying forms of consumption, which you may need to discuss with a professional. Furthermore, the array of cannabinoids and terpenes means it can be tricky to navigate what options will yield the best relief results. That is why we highly recommend consulting with your dispensary's pharmacist to help find the best product for you.


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