In January 2017, a Nevada company called GB Sciences purchased the rights to a medical therapy designed to extract parts from the cannabis plant to prevent heart disease.
The research behind the therapy shows real promise in using marijuana to treat cardiac disease. This adds to the growing scientific evidence proving the health benefits of even some moderate use of the marijuana plant.
Could Pot Cure Heart Disease?
In January 2017the Medical Press reported on a study released by the University of Hawaii that linked pot consumption to a reduction in cardiac disease. An assistant research professor worked on the study and obtained a patent for a medical therapy that uses cannabis to reverse heart disease at the cellular level.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world, leading to more than 17.3 million deaths each year. According to the Medical Press, this is expected to increase to 23.6 million by 2030. Currently, in the United States, one person dies every 30 seconds from heart disease. The cost of treating these disorders is more than $316 billion every year.
This latest study takes cannabinoids from pot plants and places them inside the body where they bind and seem to have some effect on repairing the cells leading to cardiac disease.
GB Sciences suggests that has something to do with “The Entourage Effect,” which is the cumulative effect of the 480 natural compounds in the marijuana plant work in unison to somehow cure illness. It seems that when it comes to pot, like a lot of things, the sum is greater than the individual parts.
More Research Needs to Be Done
Research on the effects of marijuana on our hearts is still in its infancy. It will take years for rigorous and methodical scientific studies to carefully define the benefits of pot for your heart.
Because the plant was illegal for many years, there was little scientific research focused on the efficacy of the plant. Too, there are studies linking cannabis to cardiovascular disorders, so it is simply too early to tell if GB Sciences is on their way to a cure for heart disease. Other research, like the 2013 publication in the British Journal of Pharmacology showed that marijuana reduced vascular tension in rodents, reducing inflammation and the strain on arteries which lead to heart disease.
Yet GB Sciences and other companies are working hard to prove the link between cannabis and the cure for a number of diseases, including disorders affecting the heart.
The Cleveland Clinic points out that the active component in pot is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and your body has many THC receptors in almost every organ. What we haven’t figured out yet is how cannabis can work to positively affect these receptors to cure disease.
Next Steps – More Research
It takes years of accumulated data for scientific research to prove a conclusive point. While there is extensive antidotal evidence suggesting marijuana can cure disease, there is also a growing body of research proving the health benefits of this plant.