For quite a long time, there is a perception that cannabis reduces pain. But a recent study at Oxford University suggests that this view is wrong: hemp only reduces pain, the BBC reports.
Scientists have made this statement based on the results of several MRI sessions, during which it was revealed that two of the active ingredient of cannabis, such as THC, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the CBD cannabidiol (CBD) reduce the activity of that part of the brain responsible for emotional aspect of pain.
In order to conduct an experiment British scientists have selected 12 volunteers who were healthy. Each of them was given 15 milligrams tetrahydrocannabinol, and then rubbed up the cream that caused pain.
Magnetic resonance imaging showed that the active ingredient in cannabis is THC did not reduce the pain, and changed her perception. Activity in brain areas that are responsible for pain, not decreased, as it happens in the case of opiates. Marijuana affects emotional reactions to pain, and , thus, cannot be regarded as a panacea.