There’s evidence suggesting that cannabis can be used to treat symptoms of HIV as well as possibly reduce the side effects of Antiretroviral therapy. As more and more states legalize medical marijuana more and more medical benefits are being found. In fact, so many are being found that there are a lot of discoveries that are being lost in the noise. But a new study published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) might change that. At a minimum, this stands out from the crowd, with life-saving possibilities.
According to Researchers, they have found that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, can help prevent HIV from becoming AIDS. According to the abstract, published online by the National Institutes of Health:
“Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) play a crucial role in host antiviral immune response through secretion of type I interferon. Interferon alpha (IFNa), a type I IFN, is critical for mounting the initial response to viral pathogens. A consequence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV) infection is a decrease in both pDC number and function, but prolonged pDC activity has been linked with progression from HIV infection to the development of AIDS.”
THC is just one of the more than eighty compounds that have been identified in the marijuana plant. Each with enormous potential for the medical field. Many HIV drugs are very harsh on the body and can cause harm themselves. Marijuana is a natural plant that comes with no negative consequences.
Another study, the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (JAIDS) have discovered that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) might be able to prevent HIV from forming into AIDS due to the fact that THC can suppress pDC function. With this being said, the side effects of THC are still unknown and more studies are needed.