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Marijuana Use Is Associated With Increased Survival In Brain Injury Patients


Marijuana brain stressBy Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients with a history of cannabis use possess increased survival rates compared to non-users, according data published this month in the scientific journal The American Surgeon.

UCLA Medical Center investigators conducted a three-year retrospective review of brain trauma patients. Data from 446 separate cases of similarly injured patients was assessed. Of those patients who tested positive for the presence of marijuana, 97.6 percent survived surgery. By contrast, patients who tested negative for the presence of pot prior to surgery possessed only an 88.5 percent survival rate.

“[O]ur data suggest an important link between the presence of a positive THC screen and improved survival after TBI,” the authors concluded. “This finding has support in previous literature because the neuroprotective effects of cannabinoids have been implicated in a variety of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. … With continued research, more information will be uncovered regarding the therapeutic potential of THC, and further therapeutic interventions may be established.”

The abstract of the study, “Effect of marijuana use on outcomes in traumatic brain injury,” appears online here.

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  1. Outstanding information on a topic most in the know people don’t want to talk about or aknowledge.
    CBD and THC rule!
    I for one feel more like I did before before injury after medically dosing. On top of that, I have lost and kept off for a year now 45+ pounds since legally consuming in Colorado, getting me back down to a record weight for me, 24.6 BMI.
    Works for me…
    More quality research needs to happen and soon, if nothing else, the TBI survivor will feel better about their play by play action.
    Doing the happy dance!

  2. Cb1 and cb2 receptors are abundant in our brains
    Alcohol kills brain cells
    CANNABIS is a neuro protector
    THEy’ve ACTUALLY removed CANNABIS from the pharmacology
    We are putting it back

  3. Hi,
    I love the blog, I read every issue. I’m a veteran from the iraq wars. If it wasn’t for cannabis, my brain injury “TBI” would be worse off. Not only my quality of life is better. After 9 surgeries and a million different medicationsthe only thing that makes life tolerable is cannabis.
    Free my medicine, stop the longest race war in America. Vote smart, vote America

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