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According to Science Alert small amounts of Cannabis everyday could actually be beneficial in memory retention. Studies done on old mice showed an improvement in learning and memory performance and more importantly saw the restoration of the mental age of the older mice to that of young, healthy mice.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis has had significant effects on older brains than on those of younger mice. If these benefits extend to humans this is good news for those with dementia, as the reversal effect could undo the damage done by dementia.
“The treatment completely reversed the loss of performance in the old animals,” says neurobiologist Andreas Zimmer from the University of Bonn in Germany.
“It looked as though the THC treatment turned back the molecular clock.”
The scientists also found that the effects were long-lasting , their tests didn’t begin until five days after the mice had finished their 28-day THC regimen, the boost in the results lasted for several weeks after the cessation of the treatment. This is great news as it shows the effects will actually be long-term as opposed to being a temporary fix when being used with patients with dementia.
However, some of our younger readers shouldn’t see this as an opportunity to help you with any upcoming exams you have. The scientists found that THC wasn’t a performance booster for all the animals in the experiment. The young mice that were given the drug saw their scores in the test decline.
“It seems that the young brain becomes old and the old brain becomes young,” one of the team, Andras Bilkei-Gorzo, told Diana Kwon at The Scientist.