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Posted: 1/27/2009 6:48:11 AM EDT








Remember, puff puff, PASS
http://media.www.thelantern.com/media/storage/paper333/news/2009/01/27/Campus/Marijuana.Could.Prevent.Alzheimers-3598061.shtml





A puff a day might keep Alzheimer's away, according to marijuana
research by professor Gary Wenk and associate professor Yannic
Marchalant of the Ohio State Department of Psychology.
Wenk's studies show that a low dosage in the morning of a certain
canavanoid, a component in marijuana, reversed memory loss in older
rats' brains. In his study, an experimental group of old rats received
a dosage, and a control group of rats did not. The old rats that
received the drugs performed better on memory tests, and the drug
slowed and prevented brain cell death. However, marijuana had the
reverse effect on young rats' brains, actually impairing mental
ability.
Alzheimer's is a disease unique to humans and the memory loss in the
rats was a natural decline, but rat brains are similar enough to human
brains to serve as partial models for humans, Wenk said.
Research on marijuana as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease began
because of the drug's success in slowing progression of multiple
sclerosis and reducing patients' pain, Wemk said. Alzheimer's affects a
similar part of the brain that MS does.
Other research has shown that young people who take Advil regularly for
arthritis, drink alcohol in moderation or smoke cigarettes reduce their
risks of developing Alzheimer's as they age, but marijuana is the first
substance that has worked on older brains in experiments.
Alzheimer's screening is available for people in their 30s, but it is
expensive and many people do not recognize the warning signs. "People
get diagnosed [with Alzheimer's] in their 60s, and they need something
now," Wenk said.
Separating the benefits of marijuana from the high is a problem the
researchers encountered, and Wenk said that it might not be possible.
"That poses a problem, because you can't be making people with memory
loss high," he said.
Research involving marijuana or any other illegal drug is
controversial, and Wenk's findings are no exception. He said it is
difficult to get work published, and his findings have received
criticism that he is advocating a "stoner life," and praise for
contributing to science. MSN, Yahoo and WBNS have all featured his
research. The American Association for the Advancement of Science has
recently elected Wenk as a fellow for his contributions to Alzheimer's
research. "I am God and I am the devil," Wenk said.
Graduate student Holly Brothers, who worked on the research with Wenk
and Marchalant, said that the scientific community does have sway on
policy makers' decisions on drug use, but it is a slow process. "We
accept medical use of cocaine and morphine, which are just as illicit
as marijuana and extremely addictive," she said.
The FDA maintains that marijuana has no medical use. Despite this, 13 states have legalized medical marijuana.

 
Link Posted: 1/27/2009 6:50:35 AM EDT
[#1]
But but but marijuana leads to dancin', jazz music, and rapin' white women!
Link Posted: 1/27/2009 6:52:03 AM EDT
[#2]
Good, if it REALLY helps and isn't just more propoganda, then use it.
Link Posted: 1/27/2009 7:32:48 AM EDT
[#3]


Quoted:


But but but marijuana leads to dancin', jazz music, and rapin' white women!


White women can't rap!




 
Link Posted: 1/27/2009 7:40:04 AM EDT
[#4]
Don't see how that would work.  Most of my stoner friends can't remember sh!t.  Maybe they are saying Alzheimer's will not worsen the memory loss already.
Link Posted: 1/27/2009 7:47:23 AM EDT
[#5]
LOL so weed prevents memory loss huh? I can say from experience its the exact opposite.
Link Posted: 1/27/2009 7:57:33 AM EDT
[#6]
The article says it prevents memory loss in older subjects while it speeds it up in younger subjects.
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