The Fountain of Youth: a tale surrounding the dream of everlasting life. Though it is just a myth today, many people today might just be able to see the end of death by way of age. After all, aging is just a condition we all inherit from the moment of conception, one which may someday soon might be controlled and reversed.
As we get older, our bodies have a harder time rebuilding themselves while at the same time normal bodily functions help facilitate the breakdown of cells. Naturally, our breakdown processes start to outpace the rebuilding processes the longer we live, so we begin falling apart.
What if there was a way to hinder those breakdown processes? Well today, there is evidence that marijuana could play a vital role in preserving cognitive function for future generations.
THC Acts As a Shield from Cognitive Aging
A research group in Sweden conducted a study which focused on the impact that weed use has upon mental capabilities. In particular, they wanted to concentrate on how the endocannabinoid system, a natural system that exists in all of us, responded to THC and what its influence over cognitive function or degradation might be.
They made a startling discovery. The researchers found that when THC activated the endocannabinoid system, it protected certain cells key for cognitive function. One of the ways it did this was by reducing neuroinflammation within the brain, which is known to lead to degenerative effects upon brain function.
Something to keep in mind though is that these studies were done on lab mice and no human testing was done. This is important because in no way does it prove that there is any sort of human benefit from cannabis usage. At the same time though, they wouldn’t have done this research if they thought there would be no correlation in human physiology as well.
Endocannabinoid System May Be the Future of Study
The part of this research I find particularly interesting is the fact that marijuana may actually protect cognitive function. I know for me, the reason I really started doing research was to understand mostly what the negative effects of weed were on my mental capacities.
To me, brain function is one of my most treasured assets, and I want to refrain from any activity that might be endangering it. However, this is just another study which shows that THC and its effects on the endocannabinoid system may be more beneficial than ever anticipated.
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