Research to be published in the November issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation will reveal some surprising things about chronic marijuana usage. Instead of having a debilitating effect on the brain's memory, it may actually work to stimulate the growth of neurons that would increase the brain's capabilities for learning and memory.
According to findings released to the media by Dr. Xia Zhang, an associate professor with the Neuropsychiatry Research Unit at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon not only did high doses of cannabinoids promote the generation of neuron growth in the hippocampuses of rats, but it also seems to alleviate depression and anxiety. The hippocampuses is the part of the brain associated with learning and memory, and scientists have long suspected a correlation between depression and a slow down in neuron regeneration in that area.
The same results were achieved whether a natural form or a chemical form of cannabinoids was used in the tests. The one thing the scientists did warn people about was the drug they were using, HU-210, was actually 100 times more powerful than the THC(delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) found in your regular street pot. Since the rats were injected twice a day for ten days with this chemical. It appears it would take an enormous amount of street pot to achieve the same results.
Dr. Zhang was also quick to point out that there are countless differences between rats and humans and there was no way of predicting whether the results would be the same. However it does make me wonder how this news will be treated by some of the more dedicated smokers of cannabis; how this will this news be received on the street?
In honour of, and with apologies to, Mr. Harold Pinter, I present the following dramatic re enactment of a scene that may never take place.
(The lights come up on a street corner. Two individuals, gender is irrelevant, are sitting on a bench. Throughout the scene they never make eye contact, mostly they are stare off into space.)