Encephalitis and cannabis as an antiviral
Type of spiritual experienceHallucination
This case history is fascinating, although it is clear that those reporting it do not understand the implications.
This poor little chap had sinusitis. Sinusitis or rhinosinusitis is inflammation of the paranasal sinuses. It can be due to infection or allergy, but most cases are due to a viral infection and resolve over the course of 10 days. It is a common condition.
He is given an antibiotic - antibiotics should only be used to treat bacterial infections, as such he was mis-prescribed. The antibiotics understandably made him unwell - probably attacking his intestinal flora and resulting in the leeching of all sorts of nasties into his blood stream, including all the viruses responsible for the sunusitis in the first place.
He self doses on cannabis, and the cannabis, although not curing him appears to have managed to stay the symptoms to manageable levels for two weeks, but clearly the damage done with the antibiotics was severe enough to mean the viruses were able to get a real hold.
He goes into hospital and they stop the cannabis. At which point he becomes seriously ill as the virus is able to attack his brain.
He now has the virus for good and is brain damaged.
But to me this indicates that cannabis has some quite effective antiviral qualities.
A description of the experience
Rev Med Chil. 2013 Apr;141(4):531-4. doi: 10.4067/S0034-98872013000400016. [Lethargic encephalitis. Report of one case]. [Article in Spanish] Vadalá SF1, Pellegrini D, Silva ED, Miñarro D, Finn BC, Bruetman JE, Nápoli G, Young P.
Lethargic encephalitis (LE) is a Central Nervous System disorder following an upper respiratory tract infection, characterized by sleep disturbances, clinical symptoms corresponding to basal ganglia involvement and in some cases, neuropsychiatric sequelae [hallucinations].
We report a 18-year-old male with a history of sinusitis treated with azithromycin, two weeks before, presenting with fever, headache, confusion and myoclonus.
Urine analysis was positive for cannabis.
Cerebro spinal fluid analysis showed mononuclear pleiocytosis (109xmm³) and an increase in protein concentration of l.6 g/dl. Forty eight hours after admission, the patient required mechanical ventilation and subsequently a status epilepticus appeared. Ten days later, fever, rigidity and resting tremor appeared.
A magnetic resonance imaging showed hyperintensities in FLALR sequence in the right insular cortex. The patient continued with extreme rigidity, catatonia and mutism.
Considering the possibility of a LE, methyl prednisolone 1 g/day was administered for five consecutive days followed by prednisone 40 mg l day, observing a dramatic improvement of rigidity and tremors.