Study: Marijuana use could be connected to increased survival in brain injury patients
One of the biggest benefits of legalization and decriminalization is that scientists have more access to actually study cannabis, and figure out more clearly how it affects us and why. And many times, it turns out that the use of cannabis, while not entirely risk-free in all cases, can be beneficial. Another study, released in the journal The American Surgeon, has found that patients who were afflicted with traumatic brain injuries and also had a history of cannabis use experienced increased survival rates compared to those who had never tried pot.
The data here is only from 446 different cases, so the totals may not be completely representative, and as with all research like this, the fact that there’s a connection might not mean that the connection is causal. But scientists did fine that patients who tested positive for marijuana survived at a rate of 97.6%, while patients who didn’t test positive had an 88.5% survival rate.
You can read the abstract of the study here. Science continues to find even more benefits to THC and cannabis, thanks in large part to the fact that the drug is no longer criminalized or considered illegal in many more places. With more access to the drug, more research can be done, and hopefully, as we figure out how best to implement cannabis in medicine, more lives can be saved