Researchers believe that cannabis could actually help to sharpen our minds later in life.
In a German lab study of mice, while younger mice suffered a performance drop under the influence of THC, the psychoactive chemical gave older mice a considerable performance boost, even putting them on par with younger mice who’d abstained.
The team plans to explore the potential impact of THC on older human brains with a clinical trial later this year, being one of few to focus on more aged subjects so far.
Previous research with mice by the Universities of Bonn and Mainz also suggested that the brain’s main cannabis receptor and neural pathways are closely related to brain health in later life, and seem to play a role in preventing brain degeneration when active.
Full Article: Burns, Janet. “Daily Dose Of Cannabis May Protect And Heal The Brain From Effects Of Aging.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 11 May 2017. Web. 16 May 2017. <https://www.forbes.com/sites/janetwburns/2017/05/08/daily-dose-of-cannabis-may-protect-and-heal-the-brain-from-effects-of-aging/>.
Study Cited in Article: A chronic low dose of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) restores cognitive function in old mice. Andras Bilkei-Gorzo, Onder Albayram, Astrid Draffehn, Kerstin Michel, Anastasia Piyanova, Hannah Oppenheimer, Mona Dvir-Ginzberg, Ildiko Rácz, Thomas Ulas, Sophie Imbeault, Itai Bab, Joachim L Schultze & Andreas Zimmer. Nature Medicine (2017) doi:10.1038/nm.4311. Received 27 July 2015. Accepted 07 February 2017. Published online 08 May 2017. https://www.nature.com/nm/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nm.4311.html