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Marijuana Compounds May Offset Alcohol-Induced Toxicity, Study Says
08-28-2009, 04:14 AM,
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Marijuana Compounds May Offset Alcohol-Induced Toxicity, Study Says
Quote:Marijuana Compounds May Offset Alcohol-Induced Toxicity, Study Says

San Diego, CA: Compounds in cannabis may protect the human brain against alcohol-induced damage, according to clinical trial data published online by the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology.

Investigators at the University of California at San Diego examined white matter integrity in adolescents with histories of binge drinking and marijuana use.

They reported that binge drinkers (defined as boys who consumed five or more drinks in one sitting, or girls who consumed four or more drinks at one time) showed signs of white matter damage in eight separate regions of the brain.

By contrast, the binge drinkers who also used marijuana experienced less damage in seven out of the eight brain regions.

"Binge drinkers who also use marijuana did not show as consistent a divergence from non-users as did the binge drink-only group," authors concluded. "[It is] possible that marijuana may have some neuroprotective properties in mitigating alcohol-related oxidative stress or excitotoxic cell death."

In 2005, researchers at the National Institutes of Mental Health reported that the administration of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) reduced alcohol-induced cell death in the hippocampus and etorhinal cortex of the brain in a dose-dependent manner by up to 60 percent. "This study provides the first demonstration of CBD as an in vivo neuroprotectant ... in preventing binge ethanol-induced brain injury," investigators concluded in The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Commenting on the findings, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said, "Alcohol and cannabis appear to have contrasting effects on the body," he said. "Ethanol is clearly toxic to healthy and developing cells whereas cannabinoids appear to be relatively non-toxic and possibly even neuroprotective."

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, "White matter integrity in adolescents with histories of marijuana use and binge drinking," will appear in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology.

Cannabis is also a great treatment for a hangover.:D
“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after
equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. ” -Nikola Tesla

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08-28-2009, 04:37 AM,
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Marijuana Compounds May Offset Alcohol-Induced Toxicity, Study Says
Good article. I really got to introduce you to my cuz.:DHe tried telling me that he had suffered some brain cell loss from all the weed. Later I asked him to figure out a series of equations while we were putting a rear main in. Told him I needed to figure a dosage for cattle. He did it before you could use a calculator. Scans a book over anything and its there. Never loses anything. Yep, its killed his brain, wish mine were that dead.
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08-28-2009, 05:51 AM,
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Marijuana Compounds May Offset Alcohol-Induced Toxicity, Study Says
It's what helped me get my mind around radiant energy concepts...It just helps to show us what matters and what doesn't. That's why everyone says potheads don't want to work regular jobs. They just realize it's bullshit and go exploring consciousness or the untapped energies of the universe instead.;)
“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after
equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. ” -Nikola Tesla

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix
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