Cannabis and the aging brain… …yet another stereotype of cannabis being an agent of “burn out” get turned on its head as it may be just the opposite, and useful in treating and preventing conditions like dementia….


“In the final experiment testing partner recognition, a dose of THC improved memory in the older mice.

After testing the effects of the psychoactive ingredient, they noticed the chemical impaired memory and learning in the younger creatures, but boosted the cognitive performance of older ones.

The scientists believe the THC stimulates the endocannabinoid system, a biochemical pathway throughout the central and peripheral nervous system that becomes less active as mice (and other animals, including humans) get older.

“These results reveal a profound, long-lasting improvement of cognitive performance resulting from a low dose of THC treatment in mature and old animals,” the scientists wrote.

The findings raise hope for potentially benefiting the treatment of memory problems, dementia and other health issues common in the aged population.

‘If we can rejuvenate the brain so that everybody gets five to 10 more years without needing extra care then that is more than we could have imagined,’ the lead author at Germany’s University of Bonn said.

The team will be launching a small-scale clinical trial on participants aged 60 to 70 later this year.”

TRUCE Note: In contrast to the above, the evidence still indicates that cannabis should only be used sparingly and under caution by those under 25, at least until more is known about its effects on the developing brain.

Another report on the study covered previously:

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