Marijuana Good for the Arteries

A Geneva University study shows that THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, helps prevent coronary artery disease in mice. This is good news for dope smoking mice, indeed.

Cannabis Compound Slows Artery Disease in Mice (Reuters)

An active ingredient in cannabis can ease inflammation and slow the progression of coronary artery disease in mice, and possibly humans, researchers said on Wednesday. Daily low doses of the ingredient, THC, prevented atherosclerosis, a primary cause of heart disease and stroke in western countries, without producing the associated high. “We have proven that very low doses of cannabis therapy will have an anti-inflammatory effect that will slow the progression of atherosclerosis in mice,” said Dr Francois Mach, of Geneva University Hospital in Switzerland.

He and his team do not know whether TCH, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, will have the same effect in humans. But they believe the discovery will help find compounds that produce the same effect in humans without side effects such as raised blood pressure or euphoria. “The goal now is to find new molecules, new compounds, that will act only on this anti-inflammatory effect,” Mach told Reuters. Atherosclerosis is a common disorder of the arteries. Fatty materials build up and eventually block the arteries and interfere with blood flow.

No, officer, that’s not mine–it’s for my pet mouse.

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  1. heavy dude says:

    Far out man.




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  2. McGehee says:

    From what I hear, you can get the euphoria part just by not eating for a couple of weeks.




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  3. Maggie says:

    BUT….the study failed to reveal that the mice were so “zoned out” they were incapable of staying on their little exercise wheels.




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  4. arky says:

    I always thought the acronym was THC…




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  5. James Joyner says:

    Yeah, it’s THC. That’s what I thought but I just copied from the article, which had it reversed on one of two mentions.




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  6. TheWeedMan says:

    More and more research is done to PROVE the benefits of marijuana, and more and more of OUR dollars are spent by the government to try to cover up this type news. Now let’s see… better meds, hemp diesel fuel for our cars, hemp cloth, hemp oil to use for cooking (the same thing that burns in our cars/trucks) and the list goes on and on! WHEN WILL WE STAND UP AND FIGHT THE INSANITY OUR GOVERNMENT KEEPS PRACTICING???
    Do what TheWeedMan does, call your Senators, write letters to your Congressmen, DONATE to MPP, NORML, ASA, and others which are fighting the good fight for us all. If YOU don’t do it, who will? BTW… John Kerry…. I told you so… Remember Feb. ’04…. I predicted it EXACTLY! No support for decrim, NO WIN FOR YOU!
    TWM




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  7. dsafds says:

    u guys r gay




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