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New Study Alert! HIV Patients That Use Marijuana Daily Have Lower Neuro-inflammation

Here at West Virginia Marijuana Card, we not only want to be your number one medical marijuana card provider, we also want to keep in the loop on all things marijuana. That includes any groundbreaking studies in the industry!

A new study was just published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society that revealed some exciting findings!

The University of California, San Diego performed a research study that showed HIV-positive patients that consume cannabis daily have lower levels of neuro-inflammation in comparison to their HIV-positive counterparts that do not use cannabis.

This study had 263 participants that were split into four groups: HIV-positive marijuana users and non-marijuana users and HIV-negative marijuana users and non-users.

This research study revealed that not only did HIV-positive patients that use marijuana daily display lower levels of chronic inflammation but the study showed that this group actually had similar chronic inflammation levels to those that were HIV-negative and non-marijuana users.

This finding is a big deal! To explain this simply, this study showed that daily cannabis users with HIV had the same inflammation levels as those without HIV.

So what does this mean for the industry?

I know this may sound like a lot of research thrown at you without a lot of explanation. So this study supports the notion that marijuana is an anti-inflammatory! Building upon this notion in research is a big deal because marijuana is still a Schedule I drug. This means that there is limited research on the plant. With more states going recreational, more studies such as this one is pointing towards the fact that marijuana helps medically!

This study is even more powerful because it displays a connection between marijuana use and lower inflammation for HIV patients specifically. This study even showed that lower inflammation was linked to better neuro-cognitive functions overall!

This study falls in line with other research studies as well. The Neurology, Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation journal published a study last year that showed HIV-positive patients that used marijuana have less inflammatory markers cerebrospinal fluid and blood. These studies both support each other's findings!

Although this is a great start, there is much more needed in the research world for the cannabis industry. Future studies are needed to find out the effects of specific cannabinoids on the brain and anti-inflammation.


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