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Marijuana and Ebola: The Claim and the Controversy

A doctor wearing a purple glove holds out a bud of marijuana, which can be used to vaccinate those suffering from Ebola.

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Marijuana and Ebola: The Claim and the Controversy

America has been in a wild-eyed state of panic for the past several weeks, as news of the Ebola virus infecting parts of the county has taken center stage. Without a doubt, there has been a wealth of media attention focused on this fatal virus because, much to the horrific gates of everyone’s worst nightmares, there is no known cure for the disease. Increasing reports of casualties have only intensified the nervous energy surrounding the spread of Ebola, with health professionals predicting it could swell into a full-blown pandemic if a vaccine is not discovered in the immediate future.

Yet, while the country waits on bended knee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to formulate a cure, members of the medical marijuana community have come forward, claiming to have at least some minuscule evidence to suggest that specific cannabinoids may have the power to kill Ebola.

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who is now the CEO of the medical marijuana corporation, Cannabis Sativa, initially spawned these claims. In a recent interview with the Fox Business Network, Johnson said that he believed his company has discovered some “efficacy with regard to treating Ebola.” Although the on-air host, Stuart Varney, approached the claim with a certain level of skepticism, Johnson maintained that the federal government should approach marijuana as a potential cure for the deadly disease.

“In the case of the worst patients that are dying, I would think this would be, perhaps, a situation where it’s a no lose situation,” said Johnson. “We are talking about millions of lives here,” giving the analogy of how the FDA once thwarted a treatment for AIDS even though it was shown to be effective.

Of course, it did not take long before legions from the marijuana media jumped on board Johnson’s weed vaccine theory and used his comments to publish sanctimonious stories on the magic of marijuana against Ebola. These tales, incidentally, went on a viral jag, and by now, the majority of the population has seen at least one report claiming cannabis to be the unsung salvation for this disease. But the question remains: Can marijuana effectively treat, or possibly even eliminate the Ebola virus and save the lives of masses?

Unfortunately, until the federal government repeals prohibition, therefore allowing science to do its job and research the true healing potential of the cannabis plant, the answer is purely speculation at best, but there are some educated links available that give hope to the cannabis cure claim.

Dr. David B. Allen, the medical director at Cannabis Sativa Inc., says specific compounds in marijuana could be the solution for combatting the Ebola virus, even though additional research would be necessary before such declarations could be confirmed. His statement, however, is not in any way meant to suggest that smoking copious amounts of weed will shelter a person from the disease, but rather that edible forms of the herb, especially those high in cannabidiol (CBD), which have fast absorption rates, could be used as an effective treatment.

“Ebola is a complex RNA viral organism that causes the cell to engulf it by pinocytosis, and then the virus hijacks the cell to replicate itself,” he continued. “This replication can involve many mutations in the RNA code that make it difficult to impossible to create an effective vaccine. There are U.S. Patents showing evidence that Cannabinoids have significant anti-viral activity.”

In nonprofessional terms, Dr. Allen says marijuana is a probable cure for the Ebola virus because cannabinoids have been proven to “reduce and prevent” toxic shock – the fatal result of Ebola’s plague on the immune system.

“The discovery and application of the endocannabinoid signaling system is proving to be the control of virtually all diseases of mankind,” said Allen. “Cannabinoids are emerging as a new class of drugs that treat infections of bacteria, fungi and virus by different mechanisms of action not found in any other class of drug.”

Interestingly, scientists from the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at New York’s Rockefeller University recently published a study in the journal Nature Medicine that finds HIV and Ebola infiltrate the body through the same devious method, giving the team led by Dr. Paul Bieniasz hope in discovering a potential cure for both viruses. If this research is accurate, there could actually be a significant amount of truth behind the idea of marijuana treating Ebola, because cannabinoids have already be shown to slow the progression of another life-threatening virus we all know as HIV/AIDS.

Earlier this year, researchers from Louisiana State University published a study in the journal AIDS Researcher and Human Retroviruses, which found that cannabis was able to slow down the progression of the disease. In a study involving laboratory animals, lead researcher Patricia Molina said that after giving infected primates a daily dose of THC, there was a significant decrease in damaged immune tissue in the stomach, which is the most common spot for the infection to occur.

Therefore, if cannabinoids have shown the ability to slow down the progression of HIV/AIDS, and the two deadly diseases share distinct similarities, there exists an argument for marijuana in regards to Ebola. Unfortunately, this hypothesis does not have any influence within the medical community, as there is simply no documented scientific evidence to substantiate this contention. Perhaps the most promising insight surrounding this controversy is the fact that a growing number of medical experts are now prescribing their patients medical marijuana to treat a myriad of conditions from cancer to HIV/AIDS, a similar culprit, if you recall, as our new viral enemy, Ebola.

“Because cannabis is so very safe especially under doctor supervision,” said Dr. Allen, “I believe it is crucial for the medical community to start human trials on survivability of Ebola infected patients regardless of the political restraints.”

Do you think cannabis heals? Tell us in the comments below.

26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. joanna peterman

    September 14, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I thank GOD for weed

  2. joanna peterman

    September 14, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Ihave MD. , graves disease,a form of forester disease, gout, two torn rotorie cups,three buldge discs,and fiber manailga I may of spelled tha wrong. ,weed helps me oh so much, I’ll be glad when they legalize it..Iknow weed nocks pain on it’s, excuse the expression ass, and I thank God for it

  3. BarefootBob

    December 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    smoking cannabis saved my life.if it were legalized it would save millions.but our government does not want that,as they are against saving lives.they legalize everything else thats addicting and killing our children and turn people against each other.i will continue smoking and enjoying the healing benefits of cannabis and thank God for placing this life saving herb here on mother earth.

  4. Liam

    November 6, 2014 at 1:20 am

    I smoke mj all the time and I used to get migraines and I have really bad atheritus on my left leg and whilst I smoke mj my leg don’t hurt and lock as often and I never get migraines so yes for green 🙂

  5. Regina

    November 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I belive it can heal several things my dad was doagnosed with brain cancer hax surgery and for several years under went treatment he began smoking mj and the tomur was going into remisson shrinking and he was begining to feel mch better till his wife my step mother made gim quit the tumor than begin growing anx within a year after smoking and survivinv for 7 years with mj my father lost the battle yes marajunna has great medicinal powers

  6. Edgar Iturrino

    November 4, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Does anyone realize that MJ was created by our God and it is totally natural.. He did put it here for a reason. Let it be legal, let’s use it with moderation. So much more peace and health is going to be around the world.

  7. Ray

    November 4, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Yes it dose heal and cure. But to the person who wrote this artical is the USA the only country that can test it no others have and are as we speak but no one in midea or corporate power wants to hear it because it’s to easy to grow for yourself hence why it’s still class 1 because the gov wants corporations to control everything as long as they line the pockets of the politicians

  8. nick

    November 3, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Even if it doesn’t help treat Ebola people should smoke it would def help put peace on earth

  9. Paul Pot

    November 3, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    We won’t know if cannabis can significantly treat Ebola until it is trialed but it will likely be able to alleviate symptoms of the disease.
    But consider that the drug war has cost billions of dollars in enforcement around the world, that is money that was taken out of social service budgets thus denying services to the community while enriching the police departments.
    Next the drug war has forced even larger sums of money into criminal and terrorist gangs to finance crime and corruption and terrorism.
    The drug war has seriously degraded the whole worlds community infrastructure and social services and health services leaving us in a vulnerable state and unable to cope with emergencies when they arise.
    End the drug war and we will have more useful drugs, better health services, more money to cope and more competent management on the job to deal with emergencies when they occur.

  10. Justin

    November 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Yes I think its a good cure for a lot of viruses… So yes keep going

  11. Aston

    November 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    If we don’t have a cure for these diseases already, then it is the obligation of our governments to look into unconventional methods to increase the likelihood of finding a cure and saving millions of lives. Our leaders are chosen by us, so they have to listen to us and the more of us that agree and stand up for this, the more of that stand up with us.

  12. michele

    November 3, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I think people should start treatments with it its not gonna hurt anything it could save alot if luvws

  13. Nevin Hattle

    November 3, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Mj has massive healing property’s and I agree with some of the previous comments it is government properganda that stop this magic medicine being used to treat deadly diseases, it’s all about the money the government already make of the rubbish they sell us daily, thousands of people die daily from the likes of paracetamol and codine ect.. No one had die from cannabis and it has 420 medical properties in the cannabis plant more than one loo any pharmaceutical drug in the world but still it remains illegal it’s a shame such a beautiful creation from God is being held back from society so the likes of David Cameron and Co can get rich and live happy while people die from cancer and ebola while they sit on a perfect medicine and claim it to be illegal while trial running toxic meds on poorly sick people, dirty scumbags need to sort it out!! Free the weed, legalise cannabis and heal the nation.

  14. moe adams

    November 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    compliment pls can we do business am in liberia we need seed

  15. Jj

    November 3, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Weed needs to be taken responsibly..ideal would be to take it once a month, most once a week. Too much, lessens the positive effect and begins to erradicate motivation etc. I mean this in a non physical way. As far as the physical, weed definitely has healing powers. But i gather more experiments are needed to find out how it works. Like all foods, drugs etc it’s best to be honest and realistic. Most know of the great sides of mj but few have the knowledge or dicipline to reap nothing but pure benefits.

    • Steve-o

      November 3, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Once a week/month?! If I were to take your advice, I wouldn’t be getting to sleep much. Effectiveness varies from individual to individual. But once a week/month?! No, just no.

      • Nana Kwame

        November 4, 2014 at 2:16 am

        Lol If You Took a Weed Vaccine Trust Me You’d Be Getting Plenty of Sleep 😉

    • anonymous

      November 3, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      I dont know what lack of motivation you speak of o.o sounds like a reefer madness myth

  16. Ernesto

    November 3, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I believe it’s a very strong possibility that marijuana can prevent/treat it from Ebola and other diseases such as aids/HIV, but it’s also the government and other high braches to go for it and make it possible for the researchers to proceed further. There’s no other natural drug out there that can do what marijuana does and what it has to offer for patients.

  17. Brandon Ross

    November 3, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Marijuana is pefect for mass protection against the Ebola outbreak in America and should be legal to anyone 21 and above with any disease or mental illness or disability

    • christina

      November 3, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      It doesn’t matter if your child is under the age of 12 and has a disease that could be treated by mj to heal them or save their life. And your saying over the age of 21. What if the child was born HIV positive and needed treatment? Should that baby have to wait till it was 21? I think not. Any age is appropriate for use of mj. 0-100 use it. It heals our body’s in many natural ways and God gave it to us to use.

  18. Carolyn Pardue

    November 3, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I do belive in the medical benifits of cbd and thc , I use them daily for debilitating arthritus , when I was young I always said it was a cure all. Now that I have read and learned more over the years I completly belive it is the govenment insurence companies and the pharmicutical industry that is preventing its use in main stream medicen. The benifits of this plant is undeniable but there is a stigma placed on it by socity that if u use it then you somehow are a lower class person . It is so sad that money is always placed above the benifits of the people.

    • Richard

      November 3, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Right on !!

  19. Byron

    November 3, 2014 at 7:16 am

    For MILLENNIA before Anslinger pulled his xenophobic stunt, this plant was used for myriad purposes! 80 YEARS later the public is FINALLY insisting on proper research into its medicinal properties. So glad to be living in this time of renewed renaissance!

  20. Mary Ann

    November 3, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Yes I believe it heals a lot of things.it’s all about money, money, money I know you can use it for stress, depression, and anxiety.

  21. Amber

    November 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    think it is worth a shot what can it hurt save lives or do nothing ??? think somthing has got to give.

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