Cannabis Research Saves NASA Astronaut’s Spaceflight Risks

Added by Daniel J. Gomez



There are infinite reasons why NASA has sustained interest in mining the Heliosphere for discoveries and benefits for humanity to bring back to Earth, perhaps even unfolding the secrets to sustaining life for as long as possible. The International Space Station (ISS) is an unprecedented human achievement, the orbiting laboratory provides a unique microgravity environment to conduct multidisciplinary research and technology development that drives space exploration, basic discovery, and transformative Earth benefits. The ISS is the size of a football field orbiting around Earth once every ninety minutes at 17,000 mph, 400 km above Earth. Inside the ISS, the human body is in a constant state of free-fall that gives the appearance of being weightless in the microgravity environment. Intuitively, it is understood that spinning around Earth in this fashion provides many reasons why humans are not equipped for such space explorations. However, formulating a connection with the indigenous angiosperms from Central Asia and South Asia Cannabis sativaCannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis have catalyzed an answer for eliminating high spaceflight risks for devoted NASA astronauts. These flowers have led to the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which could prove to be a very insightful neuroimmunological target of investigation.


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