Medical Marijuana Ingredient Prevents Brain Damage in Mice

The words “marijuana” and “brain damage” usually go in that order in medical literature. An Israeli researcher has flipped them around, finding that THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, may arrest some forms of brain damage in mice.

Pharmacologist Josef Sarne of Tel Aviv University found a minuscule amount of tetrahydrocannabinol may protect the brain after injuries from seizures, toxic drug exposure or a lack of oxygen.

The amounts wouldn’t qualify as much more than a second-hand whiff of kine bud.

The study was published in Behavioural Brain Research and Experimental Brain Research.

Other researchers suggested using high doses within about half an hour after such injury. Sarne would spread a smaller dose over as much as week.

– Read the entire article at Los Angeles Times.



  1. Mrs. Ratsrectum on

    O’bama just needs to sign the legislation. He hasn’t said he wouldn’t sign it. How swift a kick in the ass will it have to be for Obama to call off the federal dogs, to put together a committee that in one month will put together a report on the transition of prohibition into legalization and the role of the federal government. I don’t care if you have to unratify and international agreement. I’m tired of this shit! You are inhibiting research into new drugs that may lead to a cure for cancer, drugs that slow the aging process, so you bitches better back off, Michele. Oh, and Michelle, and I mean the Mrs. and not the D.E.A. jackal, I mean, why are sick and tired of waiting just because you’ll have to have a talk with your daughters about how to handle this at school, good and bad. Clear more obstacles out of the way, have your surrogates do it, and you remain neutral and then just sign the damn thing into law.

    There’s all the money saved, money that can be diverted, some of it, into throwing the full weight of the U.S. medical research potential into cannabis by lifting the federal prohibition. There’s all the lives between legalizing now and drawing your war on cannabis out as long as possible that will be saved. Lives spared, people spared suffering, here and especially in Mexico.

    So Barry, why don’t you blow some smoke signals, and I mean while you’re smoking a joint? That’s why you have a VP. It doesn’t get much more prohibitionist than Biden when you look at his record.

  2. Teppy1954 on

    The US government moves at a glacial pace. Still bogged down by decades of trumped up charges against cannabis and based on the mis-information provided by opponents of cultivation, the US is only now beginning to see the light. What will it take? More and more states are on the list to legalize. Neighboring countries are turning away from the war on drugs, Mexico can no longer afford it, and Canada is two years from full legalization (a promise made by a political party that is currently a hair away from forming the next Federal Government). The Obama administration may be loathe to do this, because after all, I don’t think he wants to be “the black dude who legalized grass”. In three years, Hilary may be the prez. I’d like to see what her stand is on this subject.

  3. Anonymous on

    We already know that marijuana protects the brain. Medical research using animals is unethical and unnecessary. It’s torture and it’s brutal. The Israelis and other animal experimenters treat lab animals the same way Hitler treated Jews, and the same way the Israelis treat Palestinians. Legalize marijuana and let all of us find out for ourselves how medically beneficial it is. Stop animal experimentation!!!

  4. Mrs. Ratsrectum on

    Here’s another instance of the full weight of U.S. medical research potential being actively inhibited by our own federal government, leaving the research to be done others in other countries. I saw Eric Holder on this evening’s news. It was his exclusive NBC interview. He mentioned he’s not resigning because there are still things he wants to get accomplished. Oh yeah? Like what? Are you ever gonna do anything FOR the cannabis community? You gonna wait till almost the end of Obama’s second term to put forth a memo calling off the federal dogs in states with their own cannabis laws? Oh nice, then the incoming administration can come in and change it and fuck with people because the policy wasn’t in place long enough to gain any footing. You gonna recommend presidential pardons for people in the cannabis community? How about pardoning Marc Emery? The Senate has hemp legislation, although the prohibitionist LEOs are fighting it tooth and nail. What are you gonna do for minorities that will last beyond your office? You might as well be a cracker for what you have NOT done to help minorities get out of the cross hairs of disproportionate cannabis prohibition enforcement.