Cannabis users are less likely to die from brain trauma than those who don’t use, suggests a new study. The evidence supports the main active ingredient, THC, has a neuroprotective effect on the brain.
Interestingly enough, the US government has patented the compound in cannabis as neuroprotective. It gets weirder because the government also maintains it as dangerous as heroin with no medical benefits.
Researchers reviewed 446 adults treated at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California for traumatic brain injuries. All were tested for THC. Out of those, one in five tested positive for the cannabinoid. One in ten died after their injury. Only 2.4 % of THC positive patients died versus 11.5 % of THC negative patients.
“People who tested positive for THC were about 80 percent less likely to die, compared to people with negative THC tests, researchers found after they adjusted the numbers to account for age, gender, injury severity and type,” Reuters reports.
It works by preventing brain damage by protecting neurons from oxidative stress as well as damage from inflammation. The THC test did not distinguish between regular and occasional users.
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