Sheldon Adelson's Research Organization Finds Medical Marijuana Helps MS Sufferers
Sheldon Adelson, the mega-rich casino magnate who last week donated $2.5 million to the anti-Amendment 2 group Drug Free Florida, also happens to have his own medical research group.
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And according to that group's own studies, medical marijuana has been shown to aid those who suffer from multiple sclerosis.
According to the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation, a study released just last year found that CBD and THC helped ease the swelling in the spinal cord and brain in lab mice that had similar diseases to MS.
The study, published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, was conducted by the Tel Aviv University and Weizmann Institute of Science, which believe the results would be the same for patients with MS.
"Inflammation is part of the body's natural immune response, but in cases like MS, it gets out of hand," says Drs. Ewa Kozela, co-author of the study. "Our study looks at how compounds isolated from marijuana can be used to regulate inflammation to protect the nervous system and its functions." Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science cowrote the study.
For the study, immune cells that target and harm the brain and spinal cord were taken from paralyzed mice and treated with cannabidiol (CBD) or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
In either case, the immune cells produced fewer inflammatory molecules -- especially the molecules associated with MS.