THC May Help Prevent Organ Rejection by Transplant Patients

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A significant amount of research suggests medical marijuana can treat a wide variety of chronic symptoms and illnesses. There is also evidence to support the use of medical marijuana for treating non-chronic ailments, like facilitating the post-surgery healing process.

Now, a study conducted by researchers at the University of South Carolina and published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology in September 2015 shows THC may help prevent a patient's body from rejecting an organ transplant. The study involved transplanting incompatible skin between two groups of mice. One group received a placebo, while the other received THC. The group that received THC experienced a delayed rejection of the skin graft in comparison with the other group, indicating THC serves as a useful anti-rejection therapy.

One of the researchers involved in the study, Mitzi Nagarkatti, Ph.D., said "We are excited to demonstrate for the first time that cannabinoid receptors play an important role in the prolongation of rejection of a foreign graft by suppressing the immune response in the recipient... This opens up a new area of research that would lead to better approaches to prevent transplant rejection as well as to treat other inflammatory diseases."

You can read more about the use of cannabinoids in facilitating organ donation and transplants on BlazeNow.