A cannabis research study based out of Michigan State University (MSU) found the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis, specifically THC, help alleviate chronic inflammation in the brain in HIV patients. A reduction in the white blood cells called monocytes as well as their protein byproducts was seen more often in patients that confirmed cannabis use, and in some cases, these levels resembled healthy individuals. As a result, researchers believe cannabis may slow down, or remove the cognitive effects associated with HIV and progression of the disease. The findings learned could also have implications with other neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
To read more about the study, you can find MSU’s original publication here.