According to a recent study published in the Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, habitual marijuana use can dramatically reduce an individual’s chance of suffering a stroke.
Dr. Francis Filbey, the head researcher for the study and the director of Cognitive Neuroscience Research in Addictive Disorders at the Center for BrainHealth, explained:
“Past marijuana research has shown changes in cognitive functions such as memory and executive functioning. Our study seeks to understand the possible neurophysiological mechanisms that may drive these cognitive changes.”
For the study, researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas studied 175 volunteers for 60 days. Of the 175 participants, 101 were drug-free, and 74 were considered perpetual “drug users” that got high on marijuana no less than “5,000 times” throughout their life.
THC Lowered Blood Pressure
Conducted by Dr. Francis Filbey, the Texas-based study discovered “The primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), relaxes arterial walls resulting in lower blood pressure and increased blood flow to tissues. In the brain, THC binds to ubiquitous cannabinoid receptors…