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Marijuana's THC Shown to Help Arteries in Mice

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April 09, 2005|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Low doses of the main active chemical in marijuana slowed the progression of hardening of the arteries in mice, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Nature.

Dr. Francois Mach of Geneva University Hospital in Switzerland and colleagues explored the anti-inflammatory effects of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Mice that had gotten THC showed less blood vessel clogging than did mice that got no THC. Related work showed no additional benefit from higher THC doses, Mach noted.

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