THC in Cannabis Shown to Help
Prevent the Spread of HIV
by Ethan Huff
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Should it ever be withdrawn from the federal government's most restrictive list of "dangerous drugs" and instead be treated as the honest medicine that it truly is, marijuana, or more properly cannabis, would almost surely put the pharmaceutical industry out of business. There are a number of reasons for this, and one of them has to do with how cannabis can help prevent the spread of HIV in test-positive patients without causing harmful side effects.
A new study out of Louisiana State University found that administering a daily dose of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, to monkeys infected with SIV, the non-human primate version of HIV, helped protect the creatures' immune systems against the spread of HIV. Specifically in the monkeys' stomachs, which is where HIV tends to harbor and spread infection, THC helped minimize the damage inflicted upon intestinal tissue.
Published in the journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, the study involved giving SIV-infected monkeys a daily dose of THC for 17 months, during which time they were individually analyzed for markers of HIV spread. At the end of the study period, the team involved with the research learned that THC helps not only protect stomach tissue against disease progression but also promote a healthy population of normal-functioning cells around damaged tissue, which could indicate its potential to reverse and even cure the disease.
"These findings reveal novel mechanisms that may potentially contribute to cannabinoid-mediated disease modulation," wrote Dr. Patricia Molina, the study's lead author, about the findings. "It adds to the picture and it builds a little bit more information around the potential mechanisms that might be playing a role in the modulation of the infection."
The findings are promising, and they affirm earlier ones made by Dr. Molina back in 2011 concerning the potential of THC to lengthen lifespan in HIV-infected patients. Medicinal THC was also shown in a 2012 study out of the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia to help protect the brain against HIV-infected cells, even in patients with late-stage HIV and AIDS
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About the Author
Ethan Huff is a freelance writer and health enthusiast who loves exploring the vast world of natural foods and health, digging deep to get to the truth. He runs an online health publication of his own at http://wholesomeherald.blogspot.com. He is also a staff writer for Naturalnews.com and a writer for Align Life.com. You can find Ethan's articles on Align Life here: http://alignlife.com/author/ehuff/ - and also on Natural Living - http://www.natural--living.com/ethan-huff.html