The medical benefits of chemically rich marijuana (MJ) plant just won’t go away. The latest “see we told you so” for MJ advocates is a new study showing marijuana contains compounds that may slow the memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Now the study was in rate ? but that is often where these things start.
The study is from Ohio State University.
Research supports a link between chronic inflammation Alzheimer’s and it is known that the happy weed is a potent anti-inflammatory.
“Inflammation in the brain is part of aging,” said Gary Wenk, a study co-author and a professor of professor of neuroscience and molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics.at Ohio State. “It happens to almost all of us as we age. But in some cases, this inflammation gets out of hand and causes serious damage.”
“The compound substantially improved the memories of the older rats,” he said. “These animals were able to hold on to key details of a specific task. Untreated older rats, on the other hand, were not.”
Once the testing was complete, the researchers examined the rat brains for signs of inflammation They found decreased inflammation in the brains of young and old rats of the weeders. And the greatest effect was between the MJ treated and non-MJ-treated older rats.
“The compound significantly improved the older rats’ memories,” Wenk said. “They found the platform faster, suggesting that they were less apt to forget key information for this task. It’s a pretty good prediction of how a human would respond to this drug.”
There is also evidence that suggests that people who regularly smoked marijuana in the 1960s and 1970s rarely develop Alzheimer’s disease, said Wenk, adding that researchers are eager to develop a drug with the anti-inflammatory properties of marijuana, but without the drug’s psychoactive effects.
Just like researchers to spoil the fun.
The researcher was presented October 18 in Atlanta at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting.
Ohio State University