Things Not Adding Up? New Study Links Medicinal Cannabis to “False Memories”
Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.
Medicinal cannabis has gained a lot of traction in the U.S. in just the past five years alone. Over half of the states in America have approved medicinal cannabis in some form or fashion.
While cannabis has often been associated with recreational use, many patients seek it for healing. Patients have been known to use it for a series of ailments (some age-related):
- Chronic pain
- Alzheimer’s disease
But a recent study in Australia suggests that cannabis users could get more than they bargained for…
Scientists link medicinal cannabis use to false memories. To be clear, we’re not talking about dreaming up people who don’t exist or going on trips you’ve never experienced.
But we’re talking about factually inaccurate accounts for situations.
The study considers two types of false memories:
- Spontaneous false memories (due to internal cognitive processes).
- Suggestion-based false memories (due to external suggestion).
The clinical drug trial took place at Maastricht University and the University of Sydney with a total of 64 participants (32 men and 32 women).
All participants were deemed healthy, occasional cannabis users.
Researchers tested cannabis-induced memory versus a placebo on two occasions. They tested participants while under the influence of cannabis. A week later, they tested everyone while sober.
The performance numbers show a clear association between cannabis use and impaired memory.
If you or a loved one considered taking medicinal cannabis, you may want to do your own research first.
More on other chronic ailments and age-related issues…
Scientists believe they’ve found a molecular “switch” for chronic inflammation and aging.
They claim it could halt or even reverse age-related conditions, like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, cancer, and more.
I’m a numbers guy. So when I hear claims like this, I like to see the facts.
Show me the research.
Senior author Danica Chen, associate professor of metabolic biology, nutritional sciences, and toxicology at UC Berkeley, shares the logic behind the study:
My lab is very interested in understanding the reversibility of aging. In the past, we showed that aged stem cells can be rejuvenated. Now, we are asking: to what extent can aging be reversed? And we are doing that by looking at physiological conditions, like inflammation and insulin resistance, that have been associated with aging-related degeneration and diseases.
Chen and her team pinpointed what’s called the NLRP3 inflammasome.
It’s essentially a collection of immune proteins that alert the body to potential threats and launches an inflammatory response…
It’s this group of proteins that can be switched on and off by removing molecular matter through a process called deacetylation.
Just imagine if you could halt or reverse your aging process...
We covered what molecular manipulation could possibly do.
What about genetic manipulation?
This morning, I read another scientific study that suggests a child’s upbringing can change its genes over time.
To your health,
President, Longevity Insider HQ