US Gov't Scientist: "Cannaboids powerful anti-oxidants"
BBC News quotes Dr. Aiden Hampson of the US National Institute of Mental Health as saying, "We have found that cannaboids are very powerful anti-oxidants. In fact they appear to be more powerful than vitamin C or vitamin E."
Dr. Hampson and a team of government
scientists reported their finding that cannabis acts to prevent brain damage
caused by oxidising agents which result from strokes to the National Academy
of Sciences on July 7, 1998.
Cannabis is an Antioxidant
So it is learned that cannabis is an antioxidant more powerful than vitamin C or vitamin E, what is the significance of this?
Antioxidants inhibit or prevent free radical damage to the body's organs to make it healthier and live longer. Free radicals are damaged molecules that become supercharged and set off chain reactions damaging a wide range of cells.
Cellular damage caused by free radicals has been shown to contribute to the development of certain cancers, heart disease, stroke, cataracts, senility, shortened life span and other medical conditions. Medical research has been providing significant support demonstrating that antioxidants protect the body from free radicals and in turn minimize or even prevent these diseases.
Now cannabis is numbered among vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and the trace mineral selenium as an antioxidant. The implications are staggering. Antioxidants are touted among health professionals as the way to avoid cancer, to support and enhance the immune system, and to slow the aging process.
Significant populations already regularly bathe their brains in this antioxidant. Does this quality explain why after years of cannabis smoking by a large segment of society, no cancer has ever been blamed on this behavior?
Friends, we are getting a drug education Barry McCaffery never saw coming.