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Cannabis Protects The Brain From Traumatic Injuries And Concussions, Study Finds

Big Pharma doesn't want you to know about everything marijuana can do.

Credit: University of Mary Washington

Credit: University of Mary Washington

More and more studies on the abilities of THC are being released recently, and the results are astonishing. Though many have suspected that the drug works wonders on the brain and central nervous system, studies on these theories have been few and far between because of marijuana’s legal status and a lack of funding for illegal drugs.

That’s slowly starting to change as more states embrace the drug both medicinally and recreationally. As a result, more studies have been conducted to determine what the effects of THC on the body are and the findings are miraculous.

One of the more recent studies, which was published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, found that using THC soon after incurring a brain injury can significantly lessen the bruising to the brain and even assist in the healing process. Normally when the brain experiences trauma, the body releases harmful mediators that lead to excitotoxicity, oxidative stress and inflammation and causes secondary, delayed neuronal death.

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Credit: Truth CDM

The use of cannabis, however, has been shown to decrease the damage done to the brain by protecting the neural system. It even stimulated the release of minocycline, which reduces brain swelling and neurological impairment while diffusing further injuries to the brain’s axons.

Overall, the mice that were administered cannabinoid appeared to have a significant reduction of brain swelling, better clinical recovery, reduced infarct volume, and reduced brain cell death. This is extremely relevant in a time where consumers are becoming disillusioned when it comes to pharmaceutical drugs and are looking for alternative methods of treatment. Turning to marijuana is a sustainable, more natural approach to curing and calming the body and should be researched further to determine how it can best be used in humans.

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