Apr 7, 2016 4:20 PM

Marijuana Studies on the Brain: Cannabis Treats Alcohol-Damaged Cells

Scientific studies on marijuana have already revealed a great number of weed's healing properties nobody could imagine before. But one of the latest studies has found that marijuana can potentially treat brain cells that were damaged by alcohol.

There is still room for studying the way cannabinoids affect our brain and the reason they are invaluable in brain diseases treatment. Unfortunately, there are many misleading studies regarding the treatment and effects of marijuana on medical patients, so it is important to be up to date with the latest findings.

One of the recent studies carried out by the National Institute of Health was published in the journal Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. The paper has discovered that marijuana can help renew and protect the human brain from alcohol damage.

According to the study conducted on rodents, alcohol abuse reduces the activity of endocannabinoids and interrupts neurogenesis in the main areas of the adult rat brain.

All experimental procedures with animals were performed in strict compliance with the respective directives and laws of the European Union.

Marijuana used for treatment was defined as the most appropriate substance to activate the body’s CB2 receptors. The researchers came to the conclusion that medical marijuana can stimulate the growth of new, healthy neurons in the brains of adult rats and reduce the damage of brain cells caused by alcohol exposure.

The study findings reveal that alcohol intoxication induces neurodegeneration and causes cognitive shortage that occur because of neuronal cell destruction and neurogenesis loss. Therefore, participants suffering from alcohol dependence ended up with volume loss in cortical and subcortical structures of the brain, including the reduction of gray and white matter. Medical marijuana allows to activate CB2 receptors and rescue the impaired NPC proliferation caused by alcohol, according to the research.

The way alcohol causes destruction of neuronal cells is complex and not studied properly yet. The researchers showed great interest in the examination of the rats' endocannabinoid system activity because of these neuroprotective results. This system includes the hippocampus that regulates oxidative stress and neurotransmitter release.

The findings of the study are outstanding, and the healing properties of medical marijuana have exceeded any expectations the scientists had. They express their hope that further investigations of marijuana's healing features will help reduce the negative effects of alcoholism. Moreover, this study is another reason for cannabis advocates to stand for the scientific studies on marijuana and benefits their findings will bring to medicine.

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