Article by Dana Smith, Cannabis.net
Studies show that cannabis use in and out of the emergency room can save lives.
Chinese researchers from the Fudan University in Shanghai found that cannabis protects against the oxidative damage during a cardiac emergency, which prevents neurons from dying off.
Specifically, cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, has been found to protect from reperfusion injury or ischemia. Their findings suggest that CBD may be used in hospital emergency rooms to prevent the brain damage that may follow after a patient suffers a stroke or heart attack. According to the Chinese researchers, CBD may have medical applications for many kinds of neurological conditions.
“Increasing evidence indicates that CBD is a molecule with potentially neuroprotective properties that can be used to treat neurodegenerative disorders,” the study says. They also add that CBD’s anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and anxiolytic properties have been demonstrated in their studies in vivo and in vitro. Additionally, they found that CBD prevents mitochondrial energy crisis, prevents cytotoxicity, and protects cellular metabolism.
The researchers also said, “We found that CBD significantly improved basal respiration, ATP-linked oxygen consumption rate, and the spare respiratory capacity, and augmented glucose consumption in OGD/R-injured neurons.”
Dr. Sean McCormick, a cardiac specialist, adds: “CBD treatments will most certainly exist in emergency rooms for stroke and cardiac patients in the future… Not only will CBD extracts prevent inflammatory damage but they may also heal existing damage.”
“We propose, for the first time, that CBD stimulates glucose metabolism through the pentose-phosphate pathway to maintain the redox balance and energy conservation during the neuronal ischemia/reperfusion injury,” they concluded.
Cannabis Reduces In-Hospital Mortality Rates For Heart Failure Patients
Another study showed that heart failure patients who have used cannabis in the past have a reduced risk for in-hospital mortality.
The findings, which were published in the journal Circulation, analyzed data from more than 6 million heart failure patients over the course of 7 years. Patients with a history of cannabis consumption were less prone to suffering from irregular heartbeat, also known as atrial fibrillation; they also experienced shorter hospital stays and were less likely to die during hospitalization as compared to non-cannabis consumers.