While marijuana is believed to have some effect on genes, scientists have only recently begun to investigate how it might apply to medicine.
In the latest study, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers at the USC School of Medicine identified a specific set of microRNA (miRNA) molecules that were altered in rats dosed with THC.
miRNA play a role in regulating genes and are believed to contribute to a number of diseases. Out of 609 different miRNAs that the study looked at, 13 appeared to be significantly affected by THC, including one (mir-690) that is strongly linked to inflammatory responses.
The researchers believe THC’s effect on mir-690 expression is especially promising, concluding that further research could lead to new therapies for “inflammatory diseases as well as cancer.”
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