Cannabis, which can activate the body’s cannabinoid receptors, is now being tested as treatment for healing brain function after traumatic injury.
A study, which was conducted at the University of Madrid, suggested that activation of body’s cannabinoid receptors, such as consuming cannabis, was vital in awakening the neuroprotective effects of the drug.
The findings also suggested the cannabis could enhance other beneficial effects of a number of prescription drugs.
The discovery is an echo of a previous one published this year, where the exact conclusion was made.
The author the study, Dr. Yosef Sarne of Tel Aviv University’s Adelson Center for the Biology of Addictive Diseases, said ultra-low doses of tetrahydrocannabinol might precondition the brain to protect against damage like lack of oxygen, seizures or toxic drug exposure.
Essentially, Sarne argued that low doses of THC could act as a kind of vaccine.
Sarne also suggested that THC could act as a preventative measure against patients on cardiopulmonary heart-lung machines used in open heart surgery, when interrupting the blood supply to the brain can sometimes occur.
In the study, which was published in Behavioral Brain Research and Experimental Brain Research, mice were injected with a single dose of THC around 1,000 to 10,000 times what is found in one “joint.”
When the mice were examined three to seven weeks after trauma, the mice in the THC group performed better in learning and memory tests than those who had not been treated.
“I personally believe it will go beyond rodents,” Sarne wrote.