Researchers in New York found that HIV-positive cannabis users have lower levels of activated monocytes (CD16 +). These are white blood cells, an increased level of which indicates inflammation of the nervous tissue. Scientists have concluded that cannabis may reduce the risk of developing inflammatory processes of the nervous system and related diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, systemic lupus erythematosus and Alzheimer’s disease. The report was published in the AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses magazine.
Experts believe that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive component of marijuana, can help to protect the immune cells in the gut, if the medicine will be used constantly or periodically. To test the effects of marijuana and its beneficial properties, scientists have done a series of researches on monkeys. It was found that THC blocks the action of HIV in the intestine, thereby allowing T cells to survive.
It is still too early to talk about a miraculous effect of CBD that can save the humanity from an incurable disease, but the test results have confirmed that the cure can slow down the development of HIV. Experts hope that in the future, the use of THC modifications will help in the fight against the human immunodeficiency virus.