Marijuana May Fight Cancer-causing Herpes (Ivanhoe Newswire) | Reported September 28th, 2004 -- A new study shows the compound in Marijuana that produces a high may help block the spread of several forms of a herpes virus that causes cancer. The compound is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The findings, reported by University of South Florida researchers in Tampa, may lead to the creation of antiviral drugs based on non-psychoactive derivatives of THC. Bellatrix; call me crazy, but I don't think that THIS will be reported on Faux News - they're too busy raising hell over statues in Nelson and the Satanic Democrats/Catholics that are trying to ban/burn/violate the Bible. Results of the study show small concentrations of the compound were actually more potent and selective against gamma herpes viruses than the commonly used antiviral drugs acyclovir (Zovirax), gancicyclovir and foscamet. THC specifically acts on gamma herpes viruses such as Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpes and Epstein-Barr virus. The chemical had no effect on another related virus, herpes simplex-1, which causes cold sores and genital herpes. Once a person is infected, these viruses can remain dormant within white blood cells for long periods before they burst out and replicate. This reactivation of the virus boosts the number of cells infected and, thus, increases the chance the cells will become cancerous. Kaposi Sarcoma-Associated Herpes virus is associated with an increased risk of cancer that is particularly prevalent in AIDS sufferers. The Epstein-Barr virus predisposes infected people to cancers such as Burkitt’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease. Investigators caution that more studies are needed, and they do not recommend people start using “pot” to prevent or treat cancers. Bellatrix; I love this little disclaimer at the bottom, with the word "pot" in quotes as if it's some sort of joke. We have a plant here that can save lives and improve the quality of life for the sick and dying. How much more friggin' "research" do they need to do before they can admit that it's legitimate, effective medicine? Anyways, check out BioMed Central for the orginal study that was actually published for the first time on September 15th.