Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that causes swelling of the liver. This virus affects up to 2.7 million people in the United States alone. However, studies have proven that cannabis, because of its anti-inflammatory property, has shown some potentials in helping to manage symptoms associated with Hepatitis virus.
Hepatitis C is a viral disease that is caused by the hepatitis virus and often results in inflammation of the liver. The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a virus that is being transmitted via the blood and it’s mostly transmitted via unsafe injection practices. It can also be contracted by having an unprotected sex with an infected individual.
HCV can cause both chronic and acute infections. The acute form of the infection is typically asymptomatic and usually not life-threatening. Even without any treatment, about 15 – 45% of people with an acute HCV infection will rid themselves of the virus within a period of 6 months. The 55 to 85% remaining will have their virus evolve into a chronic HCV infection. And within 20 years, 15 to 30% of the people will develop liver cirrhosis. You should also know that HCV can as well develop into liver cancer.
As proposed by the World Health Organization, due to the asymptomatic nature of HCV infection, a very few people are diagnosed during the acute phase. However, most infected individuals may experience some symptoms like fatigue, fever, nausea, low appetite, dark urine, abdominal pain, vomiting joint pain, gray-colored and jaundice. For the group of individuals that continues to be asymptomatic, they will either cure themselves of the virus or have it developed into chronic HCV.
Once an individual is diagnosed with Hepatitis C, the treatment goal is to have it cured with direct antiviral agents.
Hepatitis C treatment can include the use of interferon medications, but sometimes, there could be negative side effects following their use. Therefore, most treatment now focuses on the use of antiviral drugs that acts directly on the illness while having less negative side effects. However, even though prescribed medications can be great in helping the body recover, a combination of established treatment and medical cannabis can be very effective in relieving symptoms of Hepatitis C.