The Big Grant That Lead These Florida Researchers to Start Investigating Marijuana In HIV

As you may well be very aware of, the cannabis industry is yet again discovering innovative research to ease illnesses. One illness, in particular, is HIV. Recently, Florida was given a big pot of funding to work on researching how cannabis plays a role in patients with HIV. Who would give them funding to take on such a feat? They go by the name of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The institute saw an opportunity to help solve HIV symptoms, patients are often hindered with.  


The amount Florida has to play with is $3.2 million according to the First Coast press release.It also illustrates the National Institute on Drug Abuse awarded researchers especially the lead investigator named, Dr. Robert Cook.


Whose Dr. Robert Cook and how can he help study cannabis with HIV?


Robert (Bob) Cook is an infectious disease epidemiologist who conducts population-based research focused on prevention of HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases.


Dr. Robert Cook is a professor at UF's College of Public Health. He’s ahead of epidemiology which is the science of medicine in analyzing diseases from certain population areas. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that epidemiology is a systematic approach to capturing research data within diseases.


After understanding what Dr. Robert Cook does, it makes sense to hand him the keys to unraveling the mysteries of cannabis within HIV. But one question still remains: How can he and his group of experts find positive cannabis results for symptoms of HIV?


It’s a question that may go unanswered until they do some in-depth research from clinical trials to written paperwork. This research is reported as one of the most important scientific studies ever to discover.




Cannabis has always been the forefront of medical patients with cases such as cancer, epilepsy, anxiety, inflammatory, high blood pressure, insomnia and much more. It’s only natural that it be a viable medication for HIV patients.


The rate at which patients are diagnosed with HIV is staggering as it shocks the very core of human beings worldwide.


For an example: Florida has about 103,696 patients with prevalence HIV from various types of stages ranging from 0-3, according to the statistics from AIDSvu. About 4,849 patients that walk into the doctor’s office are given the bad news of being diagnosed with HIV. The HIV surveillance reports show more in-depth statistics from the stages of HIV within the United States and Independent areas.


The statistics outlined is in Florida alone. Imagine how many more people have HIV in the entire world. It’s a very large number which is why researching the effects of cannabis on HIV symptoms is very important.


The following statistics from AIDSvu shows individuals with HIV in the USA from 2010.




Moreover, the funding given to researchers, like Robert Cook, will focus on running tests around neurocognitive functions. Neurocognitive means the cognitive functions surrounding the processes and structures of the central nervous system.


Dr. Robert Cook quotes from the First Coast News:


“We expect the study to contribute to clinical and public health guidelines, while also addressing knowledge gaps about how much marijuana is ‘too much’ and how the effects of marijuana may be different in older individuals.”


What does it mean when he says, “Too much”? Afterall, cannabis is used to ease the symptoms of cancer within patients which they seem worse off than HIV. However, that’s up for debate and having either one is problematic.


Problematic of early stages in HIV symptoms include fever, chills, rash, night sweats, muscle aches, sore throat, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, and mouth ulcers. Now cannabis is known to help with inflammation. Inflammation happens when your one part of your body becomes swollen after an injury in one case.. If cannabis can ease inflammation then wouldn’t it mend the swollen lymph nodes?


If anything, cannabis can help ease all sorts of symptoms so why wouldn’t it help with HIV patients?


Overall there’s much more research to unravel the mystery of HIV and how cannabis can help ease the symptoms in patients. You of all must understand that the grant Florida received is a very good thing for humanity. Cannabis, after all, might possibly, can create a better world than the one we live in now.



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Kat Rae Kat Rae
Denver, CO
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Had no idea about the benefits for HIV. Interesting read - very informative.

January 2018

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Loxley Alabama
hope Alabama is next

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