Marijuana May Help

#Marijuana May Help Protect Aging Brains From Cognitive Decline

  • Led by Andreas Zimmer of the University of Bonn in Germany, researchers gave low doses of THC to two different groups of mice, one young and one old, and had them perform a series of behavioral tests meant to gauge memory and learning.
  • As expected, the young mice performed worse than normal on the tests when dosed with THC; but for the aging mice, the results were the complete opposite.
  • When performing the tests, aging mice that were not dosed with THC performed worse than the young mice on THC.
  • When given THC, however, the aging mice actually did just as well as the young mice that were not given THC, suggesting that marijuana may help protect aging brains from cognitive decline.
  • “That is something we absolutely did not expect: the old animals [that received] THC looked most similar to the young, untreated control mice,” Zimmer said.

According to a recent study published in the journal Natural Medicine, marijuana may help protect aging brains from cognitive decline.

@MJINews: #Marijuana May Help Protect Aging Brains From Cognitive Decline

According to a recent study published in the journal Natural Medicine, marijuana may help protect aging brains from cognitive decline.

Led by Andreas Zimmer of the University of Bonn in Germany, researchers gave low doses of THC to two different groups of mice, one young and one old, and had them perform a series of behavioral tests meant to gauge memory and learning.

As expected, the young mice performed worse than normal on the tests when dosed with THC; but for the aging mice, the results were the complete opposite. When performing the tests, aging mice that were not dosed with THC performed worse than the young mice on THC.

When given THC, however, the aging mice actually did just as well as the young mice that were not given THC, suggesting that marijuana may help protect aging brains from cognitive decline.

Speaking with Scientific American, Zimmer characterized the effects as “very robust, very profound.”

“That is something we absolutely did not expect: the old animals [that received] THC looked most similar to the young, untreated control mice,” Zimmer said.

Using funds recently secured by the German government, Zimmer and his team hope to continue their study by moving on to human subjects.

MJINews was started to aggregate, report and opine on various ways to make money in the legal marijuana industry. While medical marijuana has been legal in many states for years, its legalization for recreational use in Colorado and Washington in 2014 has catapulted the entire subject to new heights.

Marijuana May Help

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