Brain Cell Growth Marijuana Studies

WSJ Team September 17, 2010 0

A study led by researcher Xia Zhanat the University of Saskatchewan was conducted on rats that were given a synthesized version of marijuana twice per day for 10 days.  After this initial period researcher noticed new neuron creation in the hippocampus, which is the area of the brain involved in developing memories.  The tests showed that rats who were given the marijuana displayed both a reduction in anxiety behaviors and indications of antidepressant effects.  Researchers concluded that there is a direct link between brain cell regeneration and behavior following cannabinoid treatment.

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