Marijuana Use Is Associated With Decreased Mortality In TBI Patients
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients with a history of cannabis use possess increased survival rates compared to non-users, according data published this month in the journal American Surgeon. UCLA Medical Center investigators conducted a three-year retrospective review of brain trauma patients. Data from 446 separate cases of similarly injured patients was assessed. Of those patients who tested positive for the presence of marijuana, 97.6 percent survived surgery. By contrast, patients who tested negative for the presence of pot prior to surgery possessed only an 88.5 percent survival rate.
“Previous studies conducted by other researchers had found certain compounds in marijuana helped protect the brain in animals after a trauma,” the study’s lead author said in a press release. “This study [is] one of the first in a clinical setting to specifically associate THC use as an independent predictor of survival after traumatic brain injury.”
THC helps Traumatic Brain Injuries
By William Breathes
“Patients with THC in their system were less likely to die from traumatic brain injuries than those without it. Those were the findings of researchers at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, released this week.
And according to the scientists, it’s not a coincidence.
Studying the injuries and outcomes of 446 patients who had suffered a severe brain injury along side urine samples showed that the 82 patients with THC in their system. Of that number, only 2.4 percent of patients had died, compared to 11.5 percent of the remaining 364 patients. Researchers say the findings back previous studies done on cannabis and brain injuries.
Researchers say that both groups were “similarly injured” enough to make the findings substantial.
“Previous studies conducted by other researchers had found certain compounds in marijuana helped protect the brain in animals after a trauma,” said David Plurad, the study’s lead author. “This study was one of the first in a clinical setting to specifically associate THC use as an independent predictor of survival after traumatic brain injury.”
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