Marijuana-Like Compounds Fight AIDS, Study Finds 22/03/2012
Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:35 AM
Marijuana-like drugs can do more for AIDS patients than simply help them with their nausea or loss of appetite, according to a new study.
Doctor Tipster found new research published in the medical journal PLoS One that suggests marijuana-like compounds actually fight the HIV virus in late-stage AIDS patients.
Researchers told Doctor Tipster that they already know "cannabinoid drugs" like marijuana can have a therapeutic effect in AIDS patients. But they wanted to further understand how they "influence the spread of the virus itself."
The study found that "cannabinoid receptors" are triggered by marijuana-like compounds and can actually block the spread of the HIV virus throughout the body.
Now, the researchers who conducted the study are planning to test a marijuana-like drug in mice infected with late-stage AIDS, according to Zee News.
Americans For Safe Access, a pro-medical marijuana organization, cites various studies which suggest medical marijuana also helps HIV and AIDS patients who suffer from pain and weight loss.
"Look, we understood we couldn't make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue...that we couldn't resist it." - John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.
"[Nixon] emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks" Haldeman, his Chief of Staff wrote, "The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to."
Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:28 AM
"I wanted to change the world. But i have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself"
( Aldous Huxley )
"Because of the progress mankind has achieved and because of the difficulties that are at times part and parcel of progress and prosperity, we find ourselves at a crossroads where we might make the world safe for our future generations or we might all perish together" ( Haile Selassie I )
Posted 27 March 2012 - 09:06 AM
Way over my head really, I saw it via a guy who writes on neuroscience of the Guardian site, on twitter... Mo Costandi.
Popular story at the top of that last link...
This post has been edited by northwest: 27 March 2012 - 09:10 AM
Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:16 AM
This is over my head as well but:
(from the actual study linked to by northwest - my emphasis).
Drobanol is delta-9-THC, under the brand name Marinol.
The second bold bit is for caution - correlation does not equal causation.
I don't understand it though I think they've talked about another trial, but the one they are doing themselves was blood samples in petri dishes - a long way off of human use, as is the trial done on SIV macaques..
Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:15 PM
Science Daily: ht tp://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120320195252.htm
Toke of the Town: ht tp://www.tokeofthetown.com/2012/03/marijuana-like_compound_effective_against_late_sta.php