From NewCure.org (source link): The Ebola virus has now reached North America. As it spreads, increasingly becoming a global concern, researchers are desperate for effective methods to combat the deadly disease. If the outbreak continues to grow unchecked, this virus has the potential to take down a large percentage of the world’s population.
The September 12, 2014, issue of Science contained an article by a panel of top Ebola researchers detailing their findings that Ebola has genetically sequenced in scores of victims. The fact that the virus mutates quickly makes the creation of a serum to treat all patients highly improbable. Diagnosing each patient’s strain and finding an effective common treatment is futile. The death rate has and will continue to be substantial, even in the best case scenario. While researchers struggle to produce a vaccination, could the antiretrovirals in Cannabis be an effective treatment? Brad Morehouse, founder of NewCure.org believes that it will greatly decrease the mortality rate and, quite possibly, be beneficial in clinical use.
“Enough research has already been done, and current evidence of cannabinoids killing other diseases, such as Lyme disease, is overwhelming,” says Morehouse. “Cannabis is currently being researched as a natural substance to fight HIV and build up the body’s immune system, since it’s one of nature’s best antiretrovirals.” U.S. federal and state laws, as well as research restrictions on drug companies, severely hamper the advancement and investigation of the healing properties of Cannabis. The worldwide research conducted so far indicates that Cannabis has significant medical potential and myriad therapeutic uses. Researchers in the natural-cures arena, however, are at a further disadvantage–they cannot work with the Ebola strain as the mandatory Level 4 Bio-Safety lab is way beyond the reach of such research. Regardless, Morehouse believes the time has come to tap into the anti-inflammatory properties of Cannabis (which is now being utilized in a cutting-edge paste form) and its benefits to the immune system.
Studies conclude that Ebola kills by cytokine storm, a potentially fatal immune system reaction. Besides Cannabis having antiretrovirals, cannabinoids are anti-inflammatory, which decreases the severity of cytokine storm. The study of cannabinoids has led to many important discoveries in immunology–not only the existence of a new physiological system (the endocannabinoid system), but also its role in the regulation of the immune system. Studies examining the effect of cannabinoids on immunity have shown that many cellular and cytokine mechanisms are suppressed by these agents. Klein&Cabral, 2006
At the time of this writing there is no known vaccine for Ebola, but the beneficial implications of Cannabis Paste as a therapeutic treatment seems most promising.
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