‘Marijuana’, better known as ‘Cannabis’ or ‘ganja’, is a psychiatric medication drawn from the plant ‘Cannibis sativa’. In its herbal form, the drug contains dried mature flowers, and leaves of pistillate plants. ‘THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)’ is the major biologically active chemical compound in Cannabis.
According to scientists at the Ohio State University, certain elements of marijuana can be good for the aging brain. It reduces inflammation in the area and even stimulates formation of new brain cells.
Although, the exact cause of this disease is yet to known, chronic inflammation in brain is likely to lead to memory impairment.
The Professor of Psychology of Ohio State and the lead investigator of the research, Gary Wenk says “It does not mean that everything immoral is good for brain. Rather, it is that few substances which millions of people for thousands of years have used in billions of doses, and we have noticed there is little signal above all the noise.”
The properties of any new drug would resemble that of THC, but will not share its high-producing effects. It appears that a safe, legal substance that mimics the vital properties of marijuana will be able to work on brain receptors and prevent memory impairments in ageing. Hence, there is enough reason for hope, the researchers conclude.