Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Gimme Some Ganja, Man!

Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan have found that high doses of a synthetic cannabinoid, HU210, increased neurogenesis in the hippocampus of rats by about 40%. Nerve cells are constantly being produced in the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with learning, memory, anxiety and depression. Recreational drugs, such as alcohol, nicotine and cocaine suppresses growth of new nerve cells -- but apparently, HU210 doesn't. The effect is reportedly akin to the way Prozac works. Before you decide to toke up however, you should know that HU210 is synthetic, and other studies have shown no neurogenesis from using 100% natural ganja.

Go figure. There is no justice in this world!

See more in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, published in Oct. 2005: Cannabinoids promote embryonic and adult hippocampus neurogenesis and produce anxiolytic- and antidepressant-like effects [PDF]

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