The fact that marijuana has medicinal value is nearly indisputable at this point, but even still some patients are resisting using it because of an aversion to the feeling of being high (something we can't really relate to). Yet a new study published in the journal Cell this week has found that marijuana joined with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen can bring such patients all of the benefits of pot-use without the buzz.
For patients with neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, MS, and others, who want to use marijuana for it's ability to reduce brain inflammation (a common symptom among these debilitating diseases), but don't want to the side effects from chronic use such as impairing memory/cognitive abilities, combining the drug with something like Ibuprofen seems to be the answer.
The LA Times explains: "That package of effect-and-side-effect, it turns out, can be separated, and the unwanted side effect can be suppressed by inhibiting the induction of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), a complex neurochemical process usually set off by inflammation. To their surprise, the researchers found that the THC in marijuana actually increases the COX-2 process — a finding that would suggest it has both inflammatory and anti-inflammatory effects on the brain."
Thus doubling your pot smoking with a COX-2 inhibitor like Ibuprofen can be a huge help to patients who need the anti-inflammatory properties without the high. In our humble opinion the high helps too, but to each their own!
Check out the full report from Cell here.