The Experiments Revealing How Marijuana Could Treat Dementia

In Discover


Slightly stoned mice show marijuana may fight age-related memory loss.

From my cover story in the March, 2020, issue of Discover Magazine

A longtime U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) researcher who now runs an institute at Germany’s University of Bonn, Andreas Zimmer has been on a long journey to answer a question that few researchers had thought to ask: Is it possible that weed, long seen as the stuff of slackers, might actually contain the secret to sharpening the aging brain? His findings have suggested that may be the case, and research in the U.S. at Harvard, Johns Hopkins and elsewhere hints the results seem to hold for humans. As the data continues to stream in, some in the Zimmer lab have begun quietly encouraging their aging parents to toke away….Read more

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