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Research Finds ‘Weed’ May Block The Spread Of HIV

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A promising new study finds that the medical application of this controversial, but increasingly decriminalized plant may extend to helping HIV patients.

A new study published in the journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses indicates that the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may be an effective agent in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

The study used male rhesus macaques infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), a retrovirus that crossed the species barrier into humans producing HIV-1 and HIV-2, respectively.

While this article will not address in-depth the origin of the SIV-to-HIV crossover event, it should be noted that the prevailing explanation known as the ‘bushmeat’ hypothesis – crossover presumably caused by human contact with the blood of chimps hunted in Africa – overlooks several important facts: 1) SIVs have been in close contact with humans for at least 32,000 years without the emergence of HIV. 2) The HIV epidemic occurred suddenly in the mid-20th century coterminous with the introduction of vaccines with the original HIV-afflicted African populations. 3) The monkey tissue based vaccine production process has already produced similar cross-over events, with millions around the world being infected with SV-40 contaminated oral polio vaccines.  Given these facts, HIV should not be classified as a zoonosis[ii] (an infectious disease transmitted between species), but a direct result of human activity, and likely biomedical intervention, specifically vaccines.[iii]


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