An amazing study by the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LABioMed) says that marijuana could save your life.
Researchers at the institute looked at brain-injury patients admitted to Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center from 2010 through 2012 and found that those who had THC in their systems were much more likely to survive.
The study is being published this month in the journal American Surgeon.
The researchers analyzed data from 446 brain-injury patients who took urine drug tests. They found that 82 of them tested positive for THC. While 11.5 percent of the THC-free patients (more than one in ten) died, only 2.4 percent of marijuana users succumbed to their injuries, the LABioMed study found.
Is there a direct connection between weed and survival here? Maybe so.
David Plurad, the study’s lead author, said marijuana is “associated with a decreased mortality in adult patients who have sustained traumatic brain injuries.”
He said in a press release:
Previous studies conducted by other researchers had found certain compounds in marijuana helped protect the brain in animals after a trauma. 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.
So this is another reason the NFL, which has had a history of problems with traumatic head injuries, should let its players toke.