Cannabinoids and the Brain – This is Your Brain… This is Your Brain on Marijuana… Any Questions?

Do any of you remember the “This is your brain on drugs” commercial that popped up over the airways in the 80s and 90s?  The commercial not so subtly claimed that doing drugs was synonymous with frying your brain.  And while that may or may not be true in the case of some drugs, when it comes to marijuana the drug may actually benefit the brain.  I wonder how they would portray that information in a commercial… Evidence of the many benefits of using marijuana has not only surfaced recently, but information regarding the beneficial effects that the herb may have on the brain is in fact fairly recent.  One study has even gone so far as to suggest that marijuana, particularly the cannabinoids that are contained within the plant, may even increase the formation of certain brain cells.  This is completely opposite of what you, and myself and everybody else for that matter, has been being told for years, decades even, and we should refuse to stand for the lies any longer, lest we deny ourselves the opportunity to take advantage of the beneficial effects of such a harmless “drug.” In addition to supporting brain cell formation, there are a number of other positive effects that can be gained from marijuana in regards to the brain, three in particular that can address a wide range of individuals suffering on a daily basis.
  1. Antidepressant Effects – Although most of us who are not new to the effects of marijuana already know this, researchers are just beginning to discover that marijuana can act as an antidepressant.  The studies that suggest this are saying that this is true in small doses but not necessarily in larger ones.
  2. Neuroprotective Benefits – There are a number of diseases that involve the brain that are positively affected by marijuana.  This is due to the presence of certain “neuroprotective antioxidants” that are in some of the cannabinoids.  In addition to certain diseases evidence also suggests that neuroprotective effects can particularly be beneficial to those with brain damage caused by alcohol.
  3. Psychotic Episode Decline – The anti-psychotic effects of marijuana are also just coming to light.  The effects are beneficial to those suffering from diseases such as schizophrenia and come from the THC content itself.  The studies so far have been based on intravenous administration of cannabidiol into the body.
The “frying egg” commercial that was so popular not so long ago may be relevant to certain drugs but more and more evidence is being dug up that proves that marijuana is not one of them.  If we get our way maybe we can portray the real culprit of brain deterioration, which are the drugs that come from the pharmaceutical companies.  And maybe once and for all we can begin to repair our brains with marijuana.
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