Study: THC Reduces Methamphetamine-Induced Brain Damage

A new study published in this month’s issue of the journal PLoS ONE, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) cancannabisthc reduce and even prevent brain damage caused by methamphetamine intake.

According to the study, titled Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol prevents methamphetamine-induced neurotoxicity, “Methamphetamine (METH) is a potent psychostimulant with neurotoxic properties. Heavy use increases the activation of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS), production of peroxynitrites, microglia stimulation, and induces hyperthermia and anorectic effects.” 

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New Report: Cannabis Use On the Rise, Use of Prescription Painkillers, Cocaine and Meth Declining

The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health was released today, finding for at least the 6th straight year that cannabis consumption is on the rise.jointsmoking The report found that 7.3% of those 12 and older consumed cannabis in 2012, up from 5.8% in 2007.

Despite the rise in cannabis consumption, the use of prescription painkillers, cocaine and meth has been on a consistent decline; the usage of other drugs, such as psychedelics, remain steady.

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