Constant consumption of tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive ingredient of marijuana, can protect the important tissue in the gastrointestinal tract, necessary for the functioning of immunity, from the destructive effect of HIV infection.
Patricia Moline and her colleagues at the University of Louisiana have shown that tetrahydrocannabinol is uniquely linked to better survival of T cells. In general, the compound reduces cell death in the gastrointestinal tract. This was demonstrated on the example of laboratory animals, monkeys.
Namely among the monkeys is a common analogue of the HIV - virus monkey deficiency (VIM), writes The Times of India. This makes them ideal models. Scientists emphasize: it is important not only to understand the mechanism of action of HIV that leads to AIDS, but also to find alternative methods of treatment.
Now it has been established that tetrahydrocannabinol inhibits the progression of the disease in monkeys. The compound reduced the rates of general inflammation caused by the action of the virus.
There is every reason to believe that in the human body one should expect such an effect.