Can weed keep your brain young? Study reveals ‘staggering’ benefits of cannabis

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But it turns out cannabis could actually boost the memories of older people and make their brain ‘younger’. A scientific study has found that feeding ganja to ageing mice boosted their brain power significantly. Researchers from the University of Bonn pumped THC, the chemical in weed which gets you stoned, into rodents of a certain age to find that a ‘chronic low dose restores cognitive function in old mice’. Caption: Close-Up Of Marijuana Photographer: Oksana Smith / EyeEm Provider: Getty Images/EyeEm Source: EyeEm What this means is that the mice were given a little bit of weed every day and it resulted in older animals performing as well in tests as younger competitors. ‘We treated old mice with a low dose of the active ingredient in cannabis,’ Andreas Zimmer, a professor at the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry, told Deutsche Welle.

‘Learning and memory functions improved dramatically in these animals, and they performed as well as mice that were much, much younger. ‘What we observed was quite staggering.’

 

By: Jasper Hamill, Metro

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