SYDNEY – Australian researchers claim that a chemical compound found in Cannabis may prevent or reduce dementia.
NDJ World | Published: Feb 06 2013 Health
Neurologists state that the chemical compound ‘cannabidiol’ has properties that are beneficial to the brain and that could combat memory loss.
Tim Karl, one of the researchers, said a set of mice was used in the study that were raised with the same behavior pattern as humans suffering from Alzheimer’s.
The mice injected with cannabidiol suddenly made great strides in solving tasks that were memory and recognition dependent, writes the Sydney Morning Herald.
“The ‘sick’ mice were brought back to the level of healthy ones. You could say it cured them,” says Karl. “But more research is required.”
The findings of the study will be presented at the annual meeting of the Australian Neuroscience Society in Melbourne.
The researchers wanted to make clear that cannabidiol is not what stimulates the brain and gives a person that perceived ‘high’. The compound in Marijuana responsible for doing that is called ‘tetrahydrocannabinol‘.
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