Weed and brain cells: when myth trumps truth
We’ve all heard the old platitudes “marijuana causes brain damage” it “kills brain cells”. Let’s take this as an opportunity for we stoners to set the record straight. This myth came about back in the 1970’s when people trying a “scientific” study fixed gas masks to the faces of Reese monkeys and pumped them with 63 joints worth of marijuana in five minutes with no air in between. Not exactly the way that most people toke up.
The evidence that has come to light in recent years suggests that marijuana may in fact be PROTECTIVE of brain cells, particularly in older people, due to the anti-inflammatory quality of THC. Several years ago the Journal of Clinical Investigation published the results of a study of the effects of THC on the brains of lab rats. Those given the THC injections showed evidence of new neurons in the hippocampus dentate gyrus, a region of the brain that plays a role in developing memories.
So the question to you, do you agree? If not, what evidence do you have to suggest otherwise?