40 years since the Weed Monkey
If someone tells you that you are killing brain cells by smoking weed, you can tell them they are wrong.
Many people still believe that marijuana kills brain cells, Government scare campaigns often claim that cannabis kills brain cells. This frightening belief was popularized by Ronald Reagan 40 years ago when he famously stated: “I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast.” He sought to conduct an experiment that would prove marijuana kills brain cells and scare the public in order to win their votes. Dr. Heath from Tulane University who was willing to execute the study on Rhesus monkeys. He would administer the monkeys with the equivalent of 30 joints per day for an entire year. After only 90 days the monkeys began to atrophy and die off. The number of dead brain cells in the monkeys were staggering and the results of the experiment concluded that the effects of marijuana were devastating to the brain.
The hype: Brain Damage in Dead Monkeys!!! Marijuana kills brain cells!!!
Accurate records from the study finally released to the public… The findings of these records are cruel and inhumane. It involved strapping monkeys into a chair and pumping them with equivalent of 63 Columbian-strength joints in five minutes, through a taped down gas mask. They died by asphyxiation and carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that kills brain cells, and is given off by any burning object. The lack of oxygen also damaged their brain cells, because the smoke was all they could breathe for long periods.
THC stimulates the hippocampus, create new brain cells
We mourn our own loss of our own brain cells, neurons, as we age. As they die we lose memories and capabilities – even our personalities. THC stimulates the hippocampus causing it to rapidly create new brain cells (a process called hippocampal neurogenesis). The endo-cannabinoid system is one of the most important components of the brain. Diseases like Alzheimer’s and mental illnesses like depression and bipolar disorder are most likely the result of a declining neurogenesis process, Cannabis can help in this area.
THC stimulates the hippocampus causing it to rapidly create new brain cells (a process called hippocampal neurogenesis). The endo-cannabinoid system is one of the most important components of the brain. Diseases like Alzheimer’s and mental illnesses like depression and bipolar disorder are most likely the result of a declining neurogenesis process, Cannabis can help in this area.
Back in 2005, Dr. Xia Zhang at the University of Saskatchewan showed that cannabinoids cause “neurogenesis” – which means that they help make new brain cells grow!
In 2005, Canadian researchers made a groundbreaking discovery that would forever discredit the myth that marijuana causes brain damage. What they found was an opposite effect. That is, THC –can actually cause the growth and development of neurons in the brain.
Neurogenesis the process of forming new neurons. The process of forming new neurons – known as neurogenesis – is thought to improve functions of the brain such as learning and memory. Furthermore, studies have linked anxiety and depression disorders to decreased neurogenesis. Although neurogenesis is an ongoing process, the intensity of neurogenesis declines as you age. Regular use of opiates, alcohol, nicotine and cocaine can inhibit the process of neurogenesis.
Scientific research has found the endocannabinoid system to plays a major role in neurogenesis, that the endocannabinoid system facilitates the process of neurogenesis throughout the entire human life span, from embryonic development to late adulthood.
Cannabinoids can be used to treat a variety of symptoms associated with brain aging, including the decline in neurogenesis. and how cannabinoids can still promote neurogenesis even after brain cells are damaged.
“Most ‘drugs of abuse’ suppress neurogenesis. Only marijuana promotes neurogenesis.” – Dr. Xia Zhang
Weed grows brain cells, increases IQ
Although marijuana seems to possess the unique ability of increasing the growth of brain cells, Neurogenesis is believed to improve aspects of memory and learning, which one might assume could have a positive effect on your IQ score.
The principal area where neurogenesis can take place is in the hippocampus, a dual area deep within the brain. High concentrations of cannabinoid are located in the hippocampus. Although small, hippocampal health appears important to memory and brain organization. It can be damaged. Excess alcohol and many drugs can cause it to lose neurons and shrink, resulting in fading memories and depression. Stem cells that are used in the neurogenesis process are one of the most important components of the brain. Diseases like Alzheimer’s and mental illnesses like depression and bipolar disorder are most likely the result of a declining neurogenesis process.
Cannibinoids repair, stimulate, protect and create new brains cells, and it makes you Smarter.
A recent issue of the journal Neurochemistry International proves that cannabis can repair and stimulate the growth of brain cells and possibly make a person smarter. Contrary to the public’s belief, a person’s brain, in fact, does not stop growing after reaching adulthood. The brain is able to create nearly 5,000 new cells every day, but this number goes down as a person grows older.
Weed is an anti-oxidant
THC act also as an anti-oxidant cleansing for brain. The THC coats the neurons in a sort of healing blanket. This allows for the disposal of damaged cells, improving the efficiency of the brain, and making room for more neurons to be developed, some of which were created with the help of cannabinoids. Both THC and CBD.s, chemicals in marijuana make the mitochondria in brain cells work at a faster pace, making them more energy efficient, leading to a better functioning, smarter person.
Marijuana’s active ingredients may hold promise for preventing— or even reversing— brain aging and possibly Alzheimer‘s and other degenerative brain diseases.The active ingredients in the marijuana plant, called cannabinoids, affect specific receptors within the body. In fact, the body produces its own set of cannabinoids called endocannabinoids and has an endocannabinoid system which regulates the activity of all cannabinoids in the body.
There are two types of receptors within the endocannabinoid system CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are located primarily in the brain and nervous system, while CB2 receptors are located primarily in the immune system. Research continues to uncover the unique role cannabinoids play in protecting brain function as well as The fact that these receptors are located all over the body is part of the reason why marijuana has been found to be useful for so many different medical conditions. deterring the aging process and even reverse the damaging effects from brain disease’s such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and many other conditions of the brain.
The brain was made for cannabis
Crucial to a proper understanding of how cannabis affects the human brain is recognizing the fact that the brain was made for cannabis. Cannabinoids help bridge the gap between brain neurons, which are known as synapses, acting in ways that help positively regulate brain chemistry.
While marijuana use does not kill normal brain cells there is another kind of brain cell it does kill. There is a growing body of evidence that marijuana has the ability to kill brain cancer cells.
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