Daily Dose Of Cannabis Reverses Aging In The Brain

Posted: May 9 2017, 7:47am CDT | by , Updated: May 9 2017, 7:51am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Daily Dose of Cannabis Reverses Aging in the Brain
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  • Cannabis has a Rejuvenating Effect on the Brain

Cannabis supposedly has a rejuvenating effect on the brain, as scientists got to know after experiments on lab mice.

The memory function declines with senescence. Cannabis however can reverse this cognitive sluggishness. This came to light after scientists carried out experiments on lab mice.

In fact, older mice were seen to undergo regression after an extended low dose program of the drug. This thus has implications for the treatment of dementia in the future. Like the other organs of the body, our brain too ages as we advance in years.

Cognitive capacity also decreases with time. It becomes both a difficult job to learn new things as well as engage in multitasking for the senior citizens. While this is a normal process, it can also end in dementia for the patients.

Researchers have long sought for a way to rejuvenate the brain so that dementia is halted and even reversed. In lab mice at least this has been demonstrated by the scientists.

These animals have a short life span and start to lose cognitive ability within a year’s time span. Small doses of cannabis were administered to mice at the ages of two months, a year and a year and a half for a month’s duration.

Learning and memory were gauged afterwards. Both orientation and recognition of their own kind were tested for as well. Those mice who were given a placebo showed the usual decline in memory and cognitive ability.

Those treated with cannabis in low doses showed that their brains were as fresh as those of two month old mice. This was a modern day miracle.

The treatment reversed all losses due to the aging process in the mice. It is a complex set of chemical reactions in the brain which cause these rejuvenation effects thanks to the ingestion of cannabis.

Humans are next in line. The mice had been given low doses. Humans will obviously require larger doses than the mice but it will be seen to that the doses don’t exceed the safety limit.

Cannabis is commonly taken as a pain relief agent by many people. The knowledge gained by this research will be applied to human cases in the future.

Already plans for trials in humans are underway. Although it is a giant leap from mice to men, yet that is how science progresses in its path from the known to the unknown.

The results of this study are now published in the journal Nature Medicine.

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