Cannabis May Delay Retinal Degeneration, Says New Study

A study published in this month’s issue of the journal Experimental Eye Research, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoids – compounds foundeye naturally in cannabis – may delay retinal degeneration in those with┬áretinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that often causes blindness.

“Cannabinoids┬áhave been demonstrated to exert neuroprotective effects on different types of neuronal insults”, begins the study’s abstract. According to researchers, the goal of the study is to address the theraputic potential of cannabinoids “on photoreceptor degeneration, synaptic connectivity and functional activity of the retina in the transgenic P23H rat, an animal model for autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (RP).”

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