Friday, August 10, 2007
Attention: Marijuana Smokers
The active component of marijuana, '-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has been associated with an increased risk of Kaposi's sarcoma according to the August 1 issue of Cancer Research. Researchers at Harvard Medical School showed that low doses of THC could enhance the ability of the virus that causes Kaposi's sarcoma to infect cells and multiply. People who are most at risk for this infection are those with lowered immune systems, such as AIDS patients or cancer or transplant patients who are on chemotherapy or on immunosuppressants. Since this patient population may also use marijuana for pain control, they or others with weakened immune systems who use marijuana recreationally should consult their doctors regarding the benefits and risks of marijuana use.
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