As marijuana continues to become more and more accepted and legal in many western societies, the funding of cannabis-related research has also seen a great increase in recent months. Multiple studies already showed very promising medical achievements that can be done with THC, which is the psychoactive component of the plant that accounts for the “highness” or elevated mental state of your average stoner.
It has already long been established that all the benefits of marijuana are not simply “junkie talk” and that they actually can be proven scientifically. For instance, a recent research conducted on lab mice of different ages showed that THC administered to older mice extensively reversed the effects of old age on some very important cognitive functions.
- The study was conducted by the team of a neurobiologist at the University of Bonn in Germany, called Andreas Zimmer. During the course of four weeks, the team gave a daily dose equivalent to 3 mg per kilogram of body weight to three different groups of mice divided by age as follows: young, mature and elderly. The goal was to see the effects of THC on the receptors responsible for appetite, mood and memory, also called the endocannabinoid system.
- 5 days after the treatment finished, the team tested the mice in water mazes, object recognition challenges and partner recognition. And while in similar pre-experiment tests, the young mice expectedly surpassed the older mice, the results were different afterwards. The older mice caught up to the young mice’s performance and continued on this improved performance for several weeks after the end of the experiment.
- It is however worth noting that the same effect was not found in younger mice. In fact it turns out that THC actually impaired the youngsters’ cognitive functions in a polarly opposite fashion to what it did to older brains.
There is still much research to be done with these results but there is definitely promise of a future where the full potential of cannabis is being put to use.