Highlighting herpes

Inactivated derivatives of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis, could find use in treating a form of herpes that can cause cancer. Researchers at the University of South Florida College of Medicine have shown that, in the laboratory at least, THC inhibits the replication of the gamma herpes virus. The team explains that THC specifically targets viral and/or cellular mechanisms shared by gamma herpes viruses and used in viral replication. The findings point to a possible new approach to treating herpes.