LSU studying Marijuana's Influence on HIV

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An LSU Health Sciences Center researcher has been awarded a $4 million grant for a five-year study on how cannabinoids, the principal psychoactive component of marijuana, can affect HIV patients.

Dr. Patricia Molina will lead a team examining how the substance produces subtle changes in gene activity that can affect how a patient responds to HIV.

The grant was awarded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

Molina says the research could lead to new HIV treatment therapies.