The Sativa plant, the old enemy of malaria
Marijuana treatments for malaria are more common than we think. Indeed, cannabis for malaria has a long history. And recent studies prove to us once again that the herb is a cure for this kind of deadly disease. Some varieties are also formidable against the larvae of the killer mosquito. Cannabis is a plant that could treat malaria, and other similar illnesses. But the plant still resides in a restrictive legal vagueness, the medicinal plant is not yet recognized at the international level.
Malaria (or malaria)
Malaria (also called malaria) is an infectious disease caused by a parasite of the Plasmodium type, following a bite from an anopheles mosquito. This endemic is mainly found in areas of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.
Each year, medical specialists estimate that around 225 million people are infected with this disease. And therefore 800 and 000 million subjects would die as a result of this infection.
Symptoms of malaria begin to appear within 25 days of infection, and most patients experience the same symptoms: severe joint pain, extreme headache, vomiting, fever, jaundice, seizures and damaged retinas. If infected individuals are not treated immediately, it can lead to other complications ...
A violent fever
Usually, the patient experiences a cyclical repetition of a sudden cold sensation. This impression is followed by chills with fever and sweating. This condition can last from four to six hours and occurs every other day. Plasmodium falciparum can lead an individual into a fatal coma if not treated in time. Malaria can cause a sudden death (within days, sometimes even hours).
In some children, malaria can cause anemia during the period of brain development. This results in severe neurological damage, causing irremediable cognitive delays ...
Ancestral use against malaria
Cannabis has long been used by ancient civilizations to treat many diseases, and malaria is one of them… The plant is particularly effective in treating fever, one of the main symptoms of malaria.
China and Cambodia have been known to use cannabis as a medicine when a community member is infected with malaria. Traditionally, cannabis smoke from male and female plants is inhaled by the infected individual until the fever is reduced. Another way to administer cannabis to treat malaria is to take it orally in a mixture with water, although smoke inhalation has proven to be a much more effective method.
In Africa, where more than 90% of malaria cases occur, healers in Zimbabwe have been reported to use cannabis. It is also used in India as part of the traditional system of healing malaria among many other diseases.
How can Cannabis help?
There is currently very little research on the effectiveness of cannabis for malaria. Although ancient use provides very good testimony to the plant's ability to treat this dreaded disease. In 2007, a study has been published where extracts of a sativa variety as well as aloe vera have been shown to be effective in killing mosquito larvae. This is crucial for reducing the transmission of malaria.
Against cerebral malaria
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this disease attacks nearly 200 million people worldwide each year. This results in around half a million deaths, 90% of which occur in African children under five ...
However, another more recent study showed that cannabidiol in cannabis can be beneficial in repairing the brain. And precisely among those who suffer from cerebral malaria, a complication that also can lead to death.
The study showed that the plant's neuroprotective characteristics helped reduce memory deficits as well as anxiety in mice. In contrast, mice that were not treated with cannabis after malaria infection showed signs of anxiety. See even memory dysfunctions and inflammation in parts of the brain. During this time, those who have been treated with cannabidiol have decreased inflammation and have no memory deficits. What's also surprising is that mice that were treated with cannabidiol even lived longer lives and were able to regain their full cognitive functionality. The conclusion of the study is:
"Our results indicate that CBD has neuroprotective effects ... and could be useful as an adjuvant therapy to prevent the neurological symptoms following this disease. "
A drug still not recognized
These studies only add to the growing evidence of how cannabis can be cured through its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its neuroprotective characteristics, especially the cannabidiol compound. Since cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, strains with high CBD content or isolated treatments containing only CBD can be used safely by patients infected with cerebral malaria.
But if cannabis remains a Schedule 1 drug, that will only dampen more clinical trials proving the plant's effectiveness in treating malaria. As well as dozens of deadly diseases that afflict people all over the world. However, human trials and clinical research will continue to flow from countries where cannabis is legal.