Disclaimer: Though I lived for 20 years in Amsterdam, I never had one piece of hash cake or joint, among other things I never partook in.
After lots of medical claims that drinking alcohol “in moderation” would be healthy (forget it), a new study now suggests not just that old mice with dementia were less miserable when administered pot – they became like young mice once more. They could learn again, their brains grew new neural connections. This did not just prevent dementia – it cured it – in old mice.
This is not therapy as with antibiotics where a poison (anti-bio) is brought into the system to do some specific work. With dementia, natural receptors in the brain and the natural cannabinoids targeting them, diminish. The active ingredient in grass works these receptors. If this therapy would work for people, the older we get, the more weed supply we should need to keep up good brain function. Just as, once one develops diabetes, one may need more insulin.
No, people with dementia then are not demented – they have a dope deficiency. Let’s make the demented stoned out of their minds. Let’s blur all distinction between medical and recreational drugs!
This reminds me of people who claim to reach new highs when drunk or stoned. The poems written under influence though look less impressive when sober again. I don’t believe this study (“A chronic low dose of delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) restores cognitive function in old mice“) although it’s published in a medical journal that uses peer review. I don’t know where it went wrong, and I could be wrong, but I don’t believe that just ending a “marihuana depletion in the brain” may reverse such a complex and destructive illness as dementia in people, simply turning back the clock on brain aging, as if nothing had happened.
This very much treats the human physique as a test tube. You pour in a certain molecule and the whole system suddenly works better. This is what modern psychiatry preaches and which is bogus and hurtful.
If this news were true, older people, instead of slowly losing their physical brain, can cure that, but then would lose their humanly brain instead, because increasingly, they won’t be able to think straight again.
This kind of “science” seems better described by the term: wishful thinking; which has very little to do with thinking. More with tripping. The geriatric ward will swing as never before. Science gone to pot.