When it comes to cannabinoids, age matters. We have talked to Dr. Robert Hashemiyoon about cannabis being a potential anti-aging medicine, and there are several good reasons for this, including …
Could a small amount of THC a day keep dementia at bay?
Regular, low doses of THC boosted memory and learning in older mice, and the endocannabinoid system seems to play an important role in adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus and the lateral ventricles. So, whilst cannabinoids may not be ideal for non-medical use for children and teens, a small amount of cannabis a day when a person gets older may actually help retain memory and aid learning! Dementia, which is often associated with Alzheimer’s disease, may potentially be halted or even possibly prevented by learning how cannabinoids reduce the production of harmful amyloid plaques:
“Several findings indicate that the activation of both CB1 and CB2 receptors by natural or synthetic agonists, at non-psychoactive doses, have beneficial effects in Alzheimer experimental models by reducing the harmful β-amyloid peptide action and tau phosphorylation, as well as by promoting the brain’s intrinsic repair mechanisms. Moreover, endocannabinoid signaling has been demonstrated to modulate numerous concomitant pathological processes, including neuroinflammation, excitotoxicity, mitochondrial dysfunction,