Cannabis could prevent mental decline in up to 50% of HIV sufferers

Author: Alexandra Thompson
Published: December 13, 2017
Original Article:

  • Marijuana reduces the inflammatory white blood cell count in HIV patients
  • Up to 50% of patients are at risk of mental decline due to ongoing inflammation
  • The drug makes sufferers have inflammatory cell levels close to a healthy person
  • More than 1.1 million people in the US have HIV but one in seven are unaware of it
  • Some 29 states legalize marijuana for medical use and seven recreationally

The discovery that patients with HIV/AIDS who use marijuana see a considerable improvement in their white blood cell count, effecting mental decline (a serious issue for over 50% of patients) could lead down an interesting path for medical marijuana studies. These findings could impact other conditions and diseases that create mental decline for similar reasons, such as Parkinson's disease and dementia.