Study: Marijuana Can Help Treat Severe Lung Disease

BRAZIL: A new study found the compounds found in marijuana can help fight a severe lung disease known as acute lung injury, also called acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

The disease is a life-threatening condition caused by acute injuries or infections of the lung.

Researchers from Brazil and Germany were able to protect mice from acute lung injury by increasing levels of one of the body’s own cannabinoids, 2-AG (2-Arachidonoylglycerol), as LeafScience writes. Cannabinoids are naturally created in the human body but can also be found in abundance in marijuana.

Those cannabinoids produced “anti-inflammatory effects” in mice afflicted with ARDS, researchers wrote.