New Study: Weed Can Protect Brain Cells From Degenerative Diseases

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THCA is kind of like the overlooked younger brother of THC. But it turns out that this component of weed can protect brain cells from degenerative diseases.

There’s a large and growing body of evidence suggesting that weed can help treat all sorts of medical conditions. Now, a new study is helping to shed light on some of weed’s more under-explored qualities. The study concluded that weed can protect brain cells from degenerative diseases.

Studying The Potential Of THCA

One of the big things that makes this study unique is that researchers were looking at a cannabinoid called tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, or THCA for short.

THCA doesn’t get a lot of attention in the cannabis world. Other cannabinoids like THC and CBD tend to steal the limelight. But it turns out that THCA may be pretty powerful in its own right.

In the new study, scientists wanted to see if this often-overlooked cannabinoid had any medical effects on the brain. After testing out how THCA affected mice in a series of tests, the researchers reached some interesting conclusions.

They wrote that THCA “shows potent neuroprotective activity.” They added that the cannabinoid is “worth consideration for the treatment of Huntington’s Disease and possibly other neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases.”

This is good news, especially since there are a large number of neurodegenerative diseases. In addition to Huntington’s disease, these include conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and more.

In fact, one report said that there are more than 600 different neurological disorders. Combined, they affect around 50 million people in the U.S. every year.

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