New Study: Lower Neuro-inflammation for HIV Patients that use Marijuana Daily
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A new study published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society saw some groundbreaking findings!
This study performed by the University of California, San Diego found that patients who were HIV-positive and consumed marijuana daily experienced lower levels of neuro-inflammation when compared to HIV-positive patients who do not use marijuana.
This research focused on 263 patients that were either HIV- positive marijuana users or non-users and HIV-negative marijuana users and non-users.
Not only did the study display that those with HIV that consumed marijuana daily had lower levels of chronic inflammation than those who did not use it every day but it showed that those who used cannabis daily had similar chronic inflammation levels as those who were HIV-negative who were non-marijuana users.
This is a big finding! In simple terms, those who had HIV and used marijuana daily experienced the same chronic inflammation as those who didn’t even have HIV.
So what does this mean exactly?
This may sound like a lot of information thrown at you without any real explanation. This study points to the notion that marijuana is an anti-inflammatory! There is a lot of anecdotal evidence of marijuana being an anti-inflammatory but since marijuana is still a Schedule I drug it is difficult to perform proper research studies on the plant.
This study is so powerful because it shows a true connection between marijuana use and anti-inflammatory specifically with those diagnosed with HIV. This study also showed that those with lower inflammation also had overall better neuro-cognitive functions too!
All of the components that this research reveals falls in line with previous studies. Last year the Neurology, Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation journal published a study that showed HIV-positive patients that used marijuana have less inflammatory markers cerebrospinal fluid and blood. This is a good thing!
This study is a great start but like many studies, there is more work to be done. Future studies are needed in order to see the effects of specific cannabinoids on the brain and anti-inflammation.
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