Brain Health: Exploring the role of cannabis in treating serious diseases

Brain Health: Exploring the role of cannabis in treating serious diseases


(soft guitar music) – Our laboratory was
the first in the world to identify cannabinoid receptors
within the immune system. – [Voiceover] Michigan
State University researcher Norbert Kaminski is studying
the role cannabis plays in improving brain health
in HIV patients who often experience mental decline
due to brain inflammation. – We find that medical
marijuana may help to either impair that inflammatory process that leads to neurocognitive impairment, or may actually be able to stop it. – [Voiceover] This research happens in collaboration with MSU
physician Doctor Peter Gulick who treats the HIV patients in this study. – Patients like coming to the clinic here because they know that
there’s research involved with it and it’s not
just a clinical program. With Doctor Kaminski’s
help, hopefully we’ll find reasons why this is occurring and maybe some solution as
to how we can better treat it and improve the quality of
life of the HIV patient. – [Voiceover] The work
that Kaminski and Gulick are doing to understand the relationship between cannabis use and
improved brain health in HIV patients may be used
to treat other diseases. – So inflammation is
very important component of many different
neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and we hope that the work we’re doing with HIV patients may also be useful or applicable to the treatment of individuals that have
these other diseases. (soft guitar music)

2 Replies to “Brain Health: Exploring the role of cannabis in treating serious diseases”

  1. Congratulations on being a thought leader in this area Dr. Kaminski. This is very important work indeed.

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