Friday, February 14, 2014

Weed Slows HIV In Monkeys

      The struggle to decriminalize marijuana just received another ally in the form of a deadly killer HIV that seems to respond to treatment in the form of daily doses of marijuana. Research just reported out of LSU on extensive studies on our simian relatives Rhesus Monkeys shows very positive results on combating the growth and spread of the HIV virus with daily doses of marijuana. This is probably a first in animal studies on disease and drugs in that the monkeys are lining up to get high in the name of science.
       I could not help but conjure up the image of that noted pop rock band The Monkees and their TV show of the same name, only here not too busy singing as Rhesus Monkeys probably do not sing only screech and howl, but too busy toking. Looking forward to the results of further research.  Aids is still a killer and the costs of containment are mind boggling.
Monkeys Too Busy Toking To Put People Down
Early results from weed studies raise hopes of new cures weed use might bring
If the Rhesus Monkeys could hold a tune this might be what they would sing
“Hey, hey, we're the Monkees, And people say we monkey around.
But we're too busy toking, To put anybody down.”

News of Monkey see, Monkey do, Monkey likes his weed
New tests from LSU shows weed use may cause HIV attack to lose its speed
Not sure whether today we would ape our Rhesus Monkey pot heads
But worthy of further study as HIV is a disease one should really dread
Too bad the monkeys could not speak --"Hey Dude
My pipe's gone out, sorry to on you intrude
That was a powerful hit
I can feel my HIV in full on quit
I could use some more and maybe teach Clinton how to inhale
Now since Holder and Big Blue think weed is no longer a path to jail"
I am not sure which way the study will lead
Or at the end whether the DEA will even heed
But weed is a lot cheaper that the typical HIV cocktail at higher costs
May cut down on many of the lives to HIV sadly lost
"Hey Dude if you researchers want a winning hand
Expand tests to all the simians across this land
All the apes, chimps, gorillas and other monkey breeds will all vote yes
If we can keep the lab techs humans from using, a chance at an objective success
So, if you are going to keep me for research in this confined bachelor cage.
This Cool Bayou is bomb, more please, it's the new simian pot smoking rage."
© February 13, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet


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