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Cannabis Found to Reverse the Aging Process in the Brain

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Cannabis lovers have yet another reason to rejoice with the findings of a recent study, where the plant can reverse the aging processes in the brain. Who would have thought this whole time, marijuana was the source of the thing humans desire most, youth. This study was conducted by German scientists at the University of Bonn and Hebrew University, where they found “a chronic low dose of THC restores cognitive function in old mice” and could prevent human brains from “slowing down” later in life.


The Test: Cannabis and the Aging Process

These old mice were able to regress to the state of two-month-old mice with a prolonged low-dose treatment with a cannabis active ingredient. The researchers gave mice of varying ages daily doses of THC for one month straight. While two-month-old mice lost cognitive skills, the 12-18-month-old mice demonstrated a “considerable performance boost, even putting them on par with younger mice who’d abstained.”

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Afterward they tested learning capacity and memory performance in the animals, including, orientation skills and the recognition of other mice. Mice who were only given a placebo displayed natural age-dependent learning and memory losses. In contrast, the cognitive functions of the animals treated with cannabis were just as good as the two-month-old control animals. "The treatment completely reversed the loss of performance in the old animals," reported Prof. Andreas Zimmer from the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn and member of the Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation.


The Next Phase: Clinical Trials on Humans

Science Test Human Brain

Cannabis products are already permitted as medications, for instance as pain relief. As a next step, the researchers want to conduct a clinical trial to investigate whether THC also reverses aging processes in the brain in humans and can increase cognitive ability.

The North Rhine-Westphalia Science Minister Svenja Schulze appeared thrilled by the study:

"The promotion of knowledge-led research is indispensable, as it is the breeding ground for ​all matters relating to the application. Although there is a long path from mice to humans, I feel extremely positive about the prospect that THC could be used to treat dementia, for instance."


Final Summary

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The compounds found in this wonder plant may well help in keeping mature intelligence crisper to get an extended interval of period, plus one of the study’s co-authors, Andras Bilkei-Gorzo, explained exactly that:

“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.”

This goes without saying there are exciting times ahead for cannabis. If you're interested in more stories related to marijuana and the world of cannabis, then simply click here for more articles. 

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