Can Cannabis Be Used to Treat Malaria?

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Photo Credit: Whaxy

There is a lot of evidence out there supporting the use of marijuana for treating common chronic illnesses or symptoms, but what about the use of cannabis for combatting lesser known diseases, or diseases that are uncommon in developed countries?

Malaria is pretty rare in the United States, but according to the Centers for Disease Control, it effects over 200 million people globally every year. Ninety percent of the cases effect children under five in African nations and, sadly, result in death. The disease is carried by mosquitos and can cause high fever, vomiting, chills, enlarged spleen, flu-like illness, and loss of consciousness. Those who survive from malaria often suffer neurological problems like brain or spinal cord damage.

One recent study suggested CBD could save brain function in those who suffered from cerebral malaria. Research of laboratory mice has also shown CBD's ability to prevent memory deficits and anxiety in lab mice that were injected with malaria. The mice that were treated with CBD "exhibited no memory deficits, an increase in a brain chemical that protects neurons, and a decrease of inflammation in the brain... Also revealed was the fact that the mice infected with malaria that were treated with CBD lived longer and regained full cognitive functionality." That being said, CBD was not able to recover motor functions.

Whaxy explores the effects of cannabis on malaria, and says more research is needed to discover the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective benefits of marijuana and its various cannabinoids. Read more about the topic here.