Sunday, August 29, 2010

Apoptosis, Cannabinoids and Platelets

A Piece Of Mind: Platelets and Apoptosis

This article explains how platelets (simple explanation: blood clotting cells) break down in the system as a result of induced Apoptosis. It goes on to describe further research that shows how the activation of particular cannabinoid receptors can reduce apoptosis in platelets, thereby prolonging their life.

In laymans terms, and very prematurely, this could result in further research into using cannabinoids to reduce the incidence of uncontrolled bleeding.