When it comes to aging, we’ve all tried endless products, exercises, serums, supplements and even medical procedures to look younger than we are. In terms of the aging brain, your brain begins to lose steam after your 20s and 30s and ages rapidly after that, especially after you’ve hit 65. As your brain ages, you become more susceptible to brain disease. Unknown stressors after this age begin to cause brain decline and brain disease in some with a predisposition in their genes.
Every part of our brain changes as we age. For this reason many older people have began to change the stereotype of the young cannabis smoker. In fact, seniors are the fastest growing group of cannabis users. Cannabis affects older consumers differently than younger user. These effects can reverse aging and age-related cognitive decline.
As we age, our cognitive functions, memory, and learning ability falters. Our brain activity slows down due to less naturally-produced endocannabinoids in our brains. This slowdown of our endocannabinoid system leads to signs of rapid aging.
Cannabis, however, has the power to reverse this decline in mental function, by adding more cannabinoid activity in the brain. Researchers tested the effect of low doses of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) on mice at two months, 12 months, and 18 months. The study showed that older mice benefited from the low doses of THC during the cognitive experiments.
Older mice improved at finding their way through a maze task and had improved memory when tested on partner recognition. A theory suggests that THC builds nerve endings in the part of the brain relating to learning and memory.
It’s important to note that when THC was given to the younger mice, they performed worse than without the THC. To this effect, it can suggest that exposure to THC at a young age can negatively impact a developing brain. Although this test was on animals, it follows a long line of research and anecdotal evidence that suggests that cannabis can reverse aging.
Cannabis has already proved it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neuroprotective, and tumor-reducing properties that can possibly keep your brain in tip top shape. Not only can cannabis reverse brain aging, but also provide therapeutic benefits for people suffering from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s by slowing down the progression of the disease.
As you can see, the amount of cannabis people take can affect them differently. While a low dose of THC may be beneficial, a high dose can cause people to get paranoid and anxious. To this extent, cannabis affects everyone differently. With the stigma all but removed, seniors have the option to incorporate cannabis into their daily lives to reverse cognitive decline.