Can Cannabis Reverse Aging?
Dr. Pepper Hernandez ND, Ph.D., CTC
Award-Winning Educational Speaker & Cannabis Educator
Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner
Scientists are examining cannabis in recent research that is being published daily. Wouldn't it be fantastic to learn that cannabis can help brain activity and youthfulness? Not that cannabis' potent therapeutic abilities weren't sufficient on their own, but could it also demonstrate the ability to actually slow down the aging process? Please understand that I am only assembling a theory. But I think I've identified a few leads after doing the right amount of research. Because I love cannabis and am a neurogeek, I believe it is only appropriate to ask. The findings of a current experiment are encouraging and the finding should support cannabis research going forward.
A group of researchers completed a few experiments, according to a new study that was just published in the scholarly Journal Nature Medicine. Mice were used in these tests at three different life stages: two months, twelve months (mature), and eighteen months (old age). These researchers support the fact that THC activates the endocannabinoid system. This biochemical route runs through the central and peripheral nervous systems of mice (and other animals, including humans) that get less active with age. The study is based on the hypothesis that cognitive aging and decline are linked to the brain's endocannabinoid system. The functioning of this system slows down as we age, and the amount of naturally occurring endocannabinoids produced by our brains steadily decreases. It's unclear what this slowdown will do to things, but there’s enough evidence from animal models to suggest that it’s tied to memory loss and decreased learning ability.
And if this is not enough to make you choose whole plant cannabis daily, one of the study's authors, professor Andreas Zimmer, stated that as people age, the amount of naturally occurring cannabinoids in their brains decreases. Zimmer continued, "When the activity of the cannabinoid system falls, we detect rapid aging in the brain.” Lead researcher Andras Bilkei-Gorzo from Germany's University of Bonn said, "If we can regenerate the brain, everyone gets five to 10 additional years without needing extra care, then that is more than we could have dreamed.”
So here is my question: what contributes to the aging of the body? Do you know what telomeres are? Well, the recent research has really captured my attention. The relatively recent discovery of telomeres fundamentally altered how scientists investigate aging and longevity. In fact, the researchers who discovered telomeres won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009.
By altering the cellular response to stress and growth stimulation based on prior cell divisions and DNA damage, telomeres play a crucial role in cell destiny and aging. To prevent the activation of DNA repair mechanisms, each chromosome end must have at least a few hundred nucleotides of telomere repeats. As the average telomere length declines, the likelihood of the latter rises. The germline cells, which normally express high quantities of telomerase, set and maintain the average telomere length.
There isn't much research on how cannabis affects telomeres and aging in the brain right now, but it won't be long. I fully believe researchers and academics will be able to discover the connection between the two. Considering this area of study, neuroscience is gaining ground. For those of us who are aging, which is everyone, the future is bright. To ascertain how cannabis affects the aging process of the brain, researchers from the University of Bonn collaborated with scholars from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Scientists discovered that cannabis slows down the aging process in mice's brains. Worldhealth.net We live in a fantastic period, and it is even more amazing that all the cannabis research is coming into focus.
The information in this article is provided solely for educational purposes. Research gathered from external sources has been used as a basis for the content. Before beginning any new diet or lifestyle change, check with your Cannabis Educated Physician or Cannabis Therapy Consultant.
Dr. Pepper Hernandez ND, CTC, CNHP is a Naturopathic Nutritionist, Cannabis Therapy Consultant, Founder and Education Director of the Cannabis Holistic Institute. To find out more about her private practice, educational programs, videos, and other offerings you can find her on the massive inter-webs, social platforms, or at drpepperhernandez.com.
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