In our previous post, we began to dive into the studies that suggest marijuana may actually benefit the brain, as opposed to damaging it as many marijuana opponents claim. Today we will discuss more studies that add to the growing amount of information supporting the brain health benefits of marijuana.
One new study from a Harvard University affiliated hospital found three months of cannabis treatment increased the speed in which adult patients could complete word and color tests. Author Stacey Gruber PHD explains, “After three months of medical marijuana treatment, patients actually performed better, in terms of their ability to perform certain cognitive tasks, specifically those mediated by the frontal cortex."
Lastly, Chinese researchers in 2005 found stimulated the production of new neural cells in the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for cognitive and emotional processing. This suggests marijuana could possibly reverse the brain damaging effects of addiction to other substances, which are known to suppress the production of new brain cells in the hippocampus. A 2013 study found CBD also had this ability, reversing depression and anxiety which led to the stimulation of the growth of new cells in the hippocampus.
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