THC May Protect The Brain From Physical Trauma
New research suggests that THC, the main psychoactive compound of cannabis, can help protect the brain from physical trauma, significantly reducing the likelihood of death.
Recently we covered how cannabis could potentially help protect the mind from alcohol induced damage, as well as degenerative disease. Well, now it turns out that it could also protect the brain from physical trauma as well! I know, you couldn’t make this up!
According to new research from the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, people who had THC in their systems when they suffered a traumatic head injury were significantly more likely to survive.
Significantly reduced mortality
The study authors reviewed the medical records of 446 patients who had suffered a traumatic head injury and been admitted to Harbor-UCLA ICU between 2010 and 2012. It was found that 82 of the patients had tested positive to having THC in their systems, and subsequently had a 2.4% mortality rate. In comparison, the rest of the patients did not have any THC in their systems, and had a mortality rate of 11.5%.
Of course, this is not to say that these people were actively stoned, but that they had consumed THC at some point in the recent past.
It shows once again how underutilized cannabis is. Sure, this research needs further investigation and replication to back it up, but if anything, it emphasizes the need to get on and do this, and develop ways to harness cannabis for the betterment of us all.
This is the first human study into the matter, as tests on rats has already shown similar results. Let us hope that the researchers behind this study continue their good work, and shed more light on Cannabis’ true potential.