Jul 192013
 July 19, 2013

Marijuana brain growthBy TheJointBlog.Com

new study published in this month’s issue of the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology has found that cannabidiol (CBD) - one of the primary compounds of cannabis – can actually help your brain grow.

During the study researchers examined the effect of CBD on the hippocampus part of the brain;. the hippocampus is a portion of the brain which plays a key role in regulating emotion and memory – it’s the only part of the brain that can grow after someone is an adult.

According to researchers, this study (and those like it) opens the door for cannabidiol being used to “manage psychiatric symptoms in disorders such as ageing, stress and neuroinflammation.”

This study is one of the most comprehensive of its type, and confirms a past study from 2005 that found similar results (which can be found in its entirety by clicking here).

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  • Carolyn Castiglia-Hathaway

    Since when did ageing qualify as a psychiatric disorder? Please don’t take this the wrong way, there is research out there that shows it helps with depression, stress, and PTSD. However, to classify “ageing” as a “disorder” will inevitably lead readers to conclude the article grasping at straws. Ageing is not a disorder, it is merely a progression of life.

    • Trav

      The article wasn’t saying aging was a psychiatric disorder, it was saying that cannabidiol could be used to treat the psychiatric symptoms of several disorders, ageing being one of them. The distinction being that there is more to aging than just the psychiatric issues that crop up. Aside this, ageing actually meets the definition of a disorder: “a disturbance in physical or mental health or functions; malady or dysfunction:”

      Aging is just that, the loss of the ability of the body to perform its functions as a result of breakdown of genetic code.

      Citation:
      http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/disorder?s=t

  • Tha Jonster

    The process of aging increases the frequency of several brain and mind related disorders. Aging isn’t the issue as everyone ages differently due to environment, genetics and behavior. There are disorders with symptoms that increase likelihood as we age such as dementia, loss of memory, trauma and Alzheimer’s. Cannabis has been related to positive effects in this area and the really sick part of it is that the “United States Federal Government” holds a patent on it’s use as a “Brain Protector” http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6630507.PN.&OS=PN – can’t make this stuff up and that is the official US Patent Office website. Withholding it’s use should be considered criminal behavior and we the people should prosecute. Share that link a lot.

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    Most anti-depressants grow brain cells.