Marijuana has slowly been appearing in medical research, and has even found its way into multiple drugs available today. Researchers are spending more time and more funds looking into the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, THC, including Oxford University who just started a $13 million dollar program to find new medical therapies using THC.
Oxford is not the only establishment conducting weed-research though, and many scientists and researchers are looking at THC for its potential as an option for epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological diseases.
That’s why it was so exciting when scientists recently discovered that THC can reverse the effects of age-related declines in cognitive abilities in mice. By giving old mice marijuana, scientists found out that it seems to improve their memory and learning abilities after putting them through a series of tests, ranked against younger mice without marijuana.
Scientists said that the THC effects receptors in the brain that are involved with the mice mood, memory and appetite – very similar to that of a human. Interestingly enough, young mice treated with THC performed far worse than older mice treated with THC. Studies will continue. Very. Interesting….
Read More: Newsweek