Marijuana Keeps Us Young

An old friend sent me an interesting article about the effects of marijuana. She’s been aware for some time that I’m a proponent of its legalization.

Turns out that some recent scientific experiments found that using weed keeps your brain younger. Yep, that’s why a lot of baby boomers still act like they’re teenagers.

Turns out that a low dose of THC “reversed the age-related decline in cognitive performance of mice aged 12 and 18 months.” They traced this change to a shift in gene expression — the way that our DNA codes are transcribed and translated into proteins and other molecules. According to the study, “the expression profiles of THC-treated mice aged 12 months closely resembled those of THC-free animals aged two months,” as if the older mice’s brains were getting younger.”

I challenge anyone who reads OffBeat.com to come forward and say that they have never, ever at least tried pot. I mean, if you’re a music lover, well…what more can I say?

I agree that children and adolescents should not indulge. Their brains are still developing and weed does have a negative impact on the developing brain.

But us older folk? Well, that’s a different story. The really decrepit amongst us (myself included) could sure use a little taste every once in a while to ease our aching joints. We know the pitfalls; we’ve been there before. And obviously our brains have pretty much solidified into where they are going to be for the rest of our lives. (I wouldn’t want my 14-year-olds getting drunk, either. Same with pot.)

Now science is giving us yet another reason to demand that marijuana be legal. At the rate we’re going, Louisiana will be the last state in America to wake up and smell the smoke.

Just sayin’…

  • Storm Crow

    Cannabis does some very interesting things when it comes to Alzheimer’s. “THC blocks an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase, which speeds the formation of amyloid plaque in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s drugs Aricept and Cognex work by blocking acetylcholinesterase. When tested at double the concentration of THC, Aricept blocked plaque formation only 22% as well as THC, and Cognex blocked plaque formation only 7% as well as THC.” From “Marijuana May Slow Alzheimer’s” at WebMD.

    But the THC in cannabis doesn’t stop there. THC activates the healing CB2 receptors, as well as the “get high” CB1s. When the CB2s are activated something amazing happens!

    “The activation of cannabinoid CB2 receptors stimulates in situ and in vitro beta-amyloid removal by human macrophages” and “Activation of the CB(2) receptor system reverses amyloid-induced memory deficiency” (both at PubMed).

    (FYI- in situ means on the site, in this case in a brain; in vitro means in a test tube; macrophages are your “clean up crew” cells.)

    So cannabis can not only prevent the deposit of amyloid plaque, it gets your body removing the plaque and that can reverse some memory loss! Cannabis may hold the cure for Alzheimer’s.

  • JohnInTucson

    Two words of caution re the long-awaited decriminalization/legalization: Jeff Sessions