Protective Effects of Endogenous Cannabinoids in Stroke

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, often leaving victims significantly impaired and unable to work or go about activities of daily living. The endocannabinoid system is a natural healing mechanism within the body, and research suggests that it may play a role in protecting neurologic function in patients who suffer a stroke. Dr. Eugene Scharf, of the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, seeks to confirm the important role of endocannabinoids in stroke healing by measuring levels in patients who have had an acute stroke.