Scientific evidence: Cannabis and Malaria

A recent study reveals that cannabis, or one of its constituent cannabinoids, cannabidiol (CBD), may be effective in preserving and even “rescuing” essential brain function in those who have suffered cerebral malaria. Research published in the journal Neuroscience in March of 2015 reveals that the neuroprotective properties of CBD helped prevent memory deficits and anxiety in laboratory mice. The study revealed that mice not treated with CBD following infection with malaria suffered from memory dysfunction, an increase in anxiety, and inflammation in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex regions of the brain. Mice treated with CBD exhibited no memory deficits, an increase in a brain chemical that protects neurons, and a decrease of inflammation in the brain. Also revealed was the fact that the mice infected with malaria that were treated with CBD lived longer and regained full cognitive functionality — unlike the mice deprived of CBD. However, the study did note that motor function was not recovered in either the group fed CBD or the control group that received none.

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