Medical marijuana as protection against the H1N1 swine flu virus?

“When the immune system attacks a flu virus, it causes widespread inflammation throughout the body. This inflammation presents itself in runny noses, soar throats, and body aches that accompany influenza. Runaway inflammation can cause the immune system to destroy the body it was meant to protect and lead to death.

 “When inflammation goes off the handle, the body releases endocannabinoids, which are natural chemicals that suppress the immune system, taking down the inflammation before it does more harm than good. This endocannabinoid system, as it’s called, is one of the many systems responsible for maintaining balance and health in the body,” ABC News reported.

If the endocannabinoid system cannot keep up – which often happens in very severe influenza infections – organ failure, particularly lung failure, may result.

 “They die not from the virus itself but from their own immune response,” Melamede told ABC News.
Cannabis Science intends to solve this threat. Marijuana contains natural, plant-based cannabinoids, called phytocannabinoids. A medical marijuana lozenge provides the body with a boost of endocannabinoids and helps to relieve the dangerous inflammation.
While viruses like the H1N1 swine flu bug are clever in their ability to mutate and outsmart even the latest vaccines, the human body’s response – with regard to inflammation management – does not change. Cannabis Science may be on to something here.”

http://digitaljournal.com/article/276928

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