Hepatitis C, also referred to as hep C or HCV, is a viral infection that leads to liver inflammation, sometimes causing extreme liver damage. It spreads through contaminated blood, however, there are few symptoms which make it difficult to notice anything is wrong. About 3.9 million people in the United States have the disease, but half of all people with HCV do not know that they’re infected. Those born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely to be infected with HCV than those born in other years.
It is treated with antiviral medications that help clear the virus from your body.
The symptoms of hepatitis C usually go unnoticed until the virus does enough damage to the liver that it shows signs of liver disease. Here are common red flags that you may have HCV:
- Easily bleeding or bruising
- Decrease in appetite
- Weight loss
- Swelling in your legs
- Confusion and overall drowsiness
- Slurred speech
- Spider-like blood vessels in your skin
- Itchy skin
- Jaundice, or yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes
The first phase of HCV is referred to as an acute phase where it rarely goes undiagnosed. Acute symptoms typically appear one to three months after exposure to the virus and they last anywhere from two weeks to three months. It is important to note that hepatitis C does not always become chronic, and some people are able to expel it from their body while it is in the acute phase. This is called spontaneous viral clearance.
How Do You Obtain It?
An infected person’s blood or body fluids must come into contact with a non-infected person. You can catch it from the following:
- Sharing drugs and needles
- Being poked with infected needles
- Having sex, especially if you have an STD, an HIV infection, have sex with many partners or have rough sex
- A mother passing it to her child through birth
Medical Marijuana and Hepatitis C
Medical marijuana can be used in conjunction with physician-prescribed medications to help heal your body from hepatitis C. Medical marijuana has therapeutic effects and it helps patients endure the side effects that other treatments have to offer. It is effective in combating aches, pains, decreased appetite and nausea. Both CBD and THC bind with cannabinoid receptors in your body to help create an anti-inflammatory effect in your liver to help reduce the effects of hepatitis C.
Visit Our Professionals at Greenhouse
If you are suffering from hepatitis C and you are interested in treating it with medical marijuana for relief, you’ll first need to obtain your registry identification card. From there, come to your Greenhouse dispensary location where a professional can help you pick the right products for you.