Marijuana effectiveness as an HIV self-care strategy

Clin Nurs Res. 2009 May;18(2):172-93. doi: 10.1177/1054773809334958.


Persons living with HIV/AIDS use self-care for symptom management. This study assesses the use of marijuana as a symptom management approach for six common symptoms for persons living with HIV/AIDS--anxiety, depression, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, and peripheral neuropathy. This sub-analysis of the efficacy of a symptom management manual encompasses the experiences of participants from sites in the U.S., Africa, and Puerto Rico. Baseline data are analyzed to examine differences in the use and efficacy of marijuana as compared with prescribed and over-the-counter medications as well as the impact on adherence and quality of life.

MeSH terms

  • HIV Infections / physiopathology
  • HIV Infections / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Marijuana Smoking* / adverse effects
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Self Care*