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New findings have provided possible future directions in antiviral drugs. Cancer caused by herpes virus can be inhibited by a compound in marijuana called THC. Herpes virus can lead to cancers such as those found in AIDS patients, Burkitt's lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease. The compound, THC, was more effective in some cancers than current antiviral drugs such as acyclovir, gancicyclovir and foscamet. However, the compound also suppresses the immune system so may be an inappropriate treatment for those with an existing immune system deficiency.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Science Daily
About: Compound discovered to rival current antiviral drugs in cancer treatment
Date: 22 September 2004
Source: Science Daily
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