We already know that smoking a blunt (or you know, using small doses of cannabinoids under medical supervision) can help everything from cancer pain, PTSD, stress and anxiety. Now new research is showing that the drug could potentially be used to ward off certain brain diseases.

Researchers have found that certain cannabinoid compounds found in weed — namely THC and CBD — can help treat and possibly prevent Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis.

They do this by reducing the formation of plaques in the brain that cause inflammation — which is thought to be one of the leading causes of degenerative brain diseases. Cannabis can also help manage symptoms, you can use THC to fall asleep and stay asleep, and CBD to help decrease the involuntary movements caused by Parkinson's.

However, all of these finding are preliminary, mainly coming from anecdotal evidence given by patients and through animal studies.  We won't know the full benefits until a clinical trial is conducted, so don't take this as a reason to light up just yet.

In other drug news, here’s everything you need to know about microdosing.

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