Yes, the headline above is sort of tongue-in-cheek, but it’s just possible that smoking pot might be a boon to memory training! Researchers at Ohio State University, lead by Yannick Marchalant, gave older rats injections of a marijuana-like drug, known as WIN-55212-2. The use of this drug resulted in a reduction of inflammation and the growth of new brain cells.
Inflammation is linked to horrible Alzheimers disease. An inflammation in the brain disrupts memory and cognitive capacity by destroying brain cells and the Ohio State study’s goal is to find ways to reduce this ‘fire in the brain’.
Older rats, whose brains were already inflamed, were injected with WIN-55212-2, while other rats were untouched. All rats were then put into a pool of water. Result: the rats with WIN injections found hidden resting places much more quickly and often than untouched rats.
However, NORML and pot smokers take note: the amount given to the rats was equal to only about one puff a day! Heavy pot use has an alternate effect. A safer path to brain training involves mentally stimulating activities such as puzzles, learning a new language, drawing and reading.