Study: Cannabidiol Protects Against Cocaine Toxicity

cbdA new study published by the journal Mediators of Inflammation, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis, can protect against cocaine toxicity, minimizing inflammatory injury caused by use of the drug.

“Cocaine is a commonly abused illicit drug that causes significant morbidity and mortality”, begins the study’s abstract. “The most severe and common complications are seizures, ischemic strokes, myocardial infarction, and acute liver injury. Considering the protective role of the endocannabinoid system against cell toxicity, we hypothesized that treatment with an anandamide hydrolysis inhibitor, URB597, or with a phytocannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), protects against cocaine toxicity.”

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