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

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

Weed smokers are usually characterised as bumbling paranoiacs incapable of remembering anything useful. 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’.

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.’

To test their brain power, mice were tasked with finding a hidden platform. Normally, older mice would take longer to find the platform and remember where it was. But the stoned old rodents were able to perform just as well as the youthful whippersnappers. However, be warned: scientists believe weed has the opposite effect on unripened humans. Zimmer said blazing herbs makes young humans’ memory worse, although they can combat the effect by giving up weed.
 

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"Not only do I think Marijuana should be legalized, I think it should be mandatory" - Bill Hicks
 

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Noob question (as a non smoker), but does weed have the same effects on your lungs as cigarettes or doesn't it contain the same or similar detrimental substances?
 

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Hmmm, need to put my mother on weed ...

Special brownies, maybe.
 

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Noob question (as a non smoker), but does weed have the same effects on your lungs as cigarettes or doesn't it contain the same or similar detrimental substances?
Don't think there's any links between weed and lung cancer, emphysema etc. Tho it's probably never a good idea to regularly (a few times a day) inhale smoke of any kind, but a few puffs in the evening probably won't do much. Or just eat it.
 

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Don't think there's any links between weed and lung cancer, emphysema etc. Tho it's probably never a good idea to regularly (a few times a day) inhale smoke of any kind, but a few puffs in the evening probably won't do much. Or just eat it.
There's also vaping, apparently eliminates a large portion of the bad stuff associated with smoking..

However, be warned: scientists believe weed has the opposite effect on unripened humans.

Zimmer said blazing herbs makes young humans’ memory worse, although they can combat the effect by giving up weed.
Suck it, you bunch of lighties.. :crylaugh: :crylaugh:
 
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Don't think there's any links between weed and lung cancer, emphysema etc. Tho it's probably never a good idea to regularly (a few times a day) inhale smoke of any kind, but a few puffs in the evening probably won't do much. Or just eat it.
Ah ok. I guess with weed, you're not having like 20 or 30 a day as you would with cigarettes so in serious moderation, it shouldn't have do any long lasting damage. Or just eat it, like you say...
 

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Noob question (as a non smoker), but does weed have the same effects on your lungs as cigarettes or doesn't it contain the same or similar detrimental substances?
Not as bad a cigarettes but inhaling anything burning is bad for your lungs. The combustion process also generates some toxins that for most is not a huge problem but toxic load on your liver can be bad in the long run and / or reduce energy.
 

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Noob question (as a non smoker), but does weed have the same effects on your lungs as cigarettes or doesn't it contain the same or similar detrimental substances?
From personal experience (long time weed smoker, but not cigarette smoker) is that weed is a lot less hectic on the lungs. If i smoke a sig, i feel like dying, but I can smoke weed all day. Of course, anything should be done in moderation.
 
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