Marijuana may stop HIV from spreading, according to several recent studies.
I am always amazed at how little marijuana is studied.
We have alcohol and tobacco that are completely legal, sold over the counter, and every study shows us more bad things about them.
And then we have lots of pharmaceutical drugs that mimic the good effects of marijuana, just not as well.
This most recent study is out of Louisiana State University, where they tested daily doses of marijuana on HIV positive rhesus monkeys.
The study, published last week in the journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, concludes that daily administration of THC in the animals slowed the spread of HIV in their stomachs, where the virus thrives.
Seriously, researchers gave the monkeys daily doses of marijuana for 17 months, and their T-cell levels dropped. And there have been other studies that show the same thing.
Last year, an oncologist from the United Kingdom found that marijuana compounds can kill cancer cells in leukemia patients, and scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco have conducted research that suggests those compounds can also effectively combat other forms of aggressive cancer.