Researchers at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine found that, when given to mice, THC – the active ingredient in pot – seems to aid in preventing the rejection of incompatible organs. This would be huge, because according to Stanford University’s School of Medicine, one-quarter of kidney transplant recipients, and about 40 percent of heart transplant recipients, experience organ rejection within the first year. That, coupled with the difficulty in even finding viable organs to transplant, means that anything that would lower rejection rates would immediately become a highly coveted medical discovery.
Scientists at the University of South Carolina qualified their findings with standard language: that more studies are needed to verify their results. Nevertheless, their initial findings provide at least some evidence that THC or some derivative of it could be useful in anti-rejection therapy, and especially in cases where organs and recipients are not a perfect match.