Wow... another one of the myths the Government has promulgated for decades about marijuana has turned out to be a lie. Hold on to your hats America, because this one is a doozie. Researchers at the Ohio State University have determined that marijuana might actually be good for your memory.
Yes, burn boy, you read that right. Researchers at Ohio State University have found that marijuana might be a real benefit in the treatment and possible prevention of Alzheimer's disease. For years, the government has alleged that marijuana made you a stupid thoughtless robot; following orders mindlessly as the drug rendered the user into a brain dead zombie. But as any pothead who has had to spend hours upon hours of their weeks looking for where the fuck they put the keys man, the government had this one half right. Marijuana does affect the short term memory. But this study shows that while the short term memory might be affected, the long term stability of the brain can benefit from usage, reducing the brain inflammation linked to Alzheimer's Disease and prompting the brain to build new brain cells (disproving the claim made by oh so many "Just Say No" propaganda ads in the 80's claiming that pot killed your brain cells).
But let's hold off the 21 bong salute just yet...
"Could people smoke marijuana to prevent Alzheimer's disease if the disease is in their family? We're not saying that, but it might actually work. What we are saying is it appears that a safe, legal substance that mimics those important properties of marijuana can work on receptors in the brain to prevent memory impairments in ageing. So that's really hopeful," states Gary Wenk, professor of psychology at Ohio State University and principal investigator on the research.
The afore mentioned substance would be a drug yet to be invented that could contain a natural or synthetic, non-high inducing form of the tetrahydrocannabino acid (or THC) that is found in marijuana buds (THC is the psychoactive chemical that makes you high when you smoke pot).
For marijuana enthusiasts, this is just another brick falling off the wall of lies and oppression that the government and law enforcement has built to keep marijuana legalization out of the mainstream. But as the truth about cannabis comes out more and more, the end to the useless prohibition policy that has ruled our culture for so many years can be seen in the horizon.
For the government, the discovery is just another chip away at its case against cannabis. With public opinion beginning to show favor to the legalization of the once demonized herb, news of discoveries such as this only further weakens the Government's credibility on the matter. (Fear not Government... you still have that whole "marijuana makes blacks more violent and sexualized thus placing all while women in serious danger" angle to work with.)
But for millions of people who suffer from Alzheimer's (and the millions more who has it in their family history), the dream that a successful treatment and possible cure for the debilitating brain illness might come true is sweet music to their ears.