Psychology

Marijuana may be a weapon against brain aging, suggests new study

“With increasing age, the quantity of the cannabinoids naturally formed in the brain reduces,” quoting Professor Andreas Zimmer, one of the study’s authors. “When the activity of the cannabinoid system declines, we find rapid aging in the brain.”

So, if it’s possible to somehow recharge the system, it could be possible to reverse or at least reduce the cognitive slowdown. That’s what the researchers tried with old mice, and the results were remarkable. When they studied the brain tissue and gene activity of the mice after a low-dose THC treatment, they found that the genetic signature no longer looked like that of old mice, but of very young mice. And they found increased nerve links in the brain tissue, which correlates with learning and thinking speed. Again quoting Zimmer, “It looked as though the THC treatment turned back the molecular clock.”

Original Article (Forbes):
Marijuana May Be A Weapon Against Brain Aging, Suggests New Study
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