Mice benefit from research into cannabis. Why not us? | Simon Jenkins

Mice benefit from research into cannabis. Why not us? | Simon Jenkins

Mice benefit from research into cannabis. Why not us? | Simon Jenkins 150 150 icnagency

By: Simon Jenkins | Mice benefit from research into cannabis. Why not us? | Simon Jenkins | Neuroscience | The Guardian

Instead of forging ahead with research on the benefits of cannabis, the UK criminalises millions

Reports in Tuesday’s Guardian were little short of sensational. Cannabis use dramatically improves memory capacity in older brains. German research suggests that small doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) produced “profound, long-lasting improvement in cognitive performance”.

The results indicated that this could possibly stave off dementia for five to 10 years, the reverse of the impact cannabis is known to have on younger brains. Or at least this was the case with mice. As yet, no one knows about humans, but that is good enough for me. I am happy to sign on as a mouse.

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