According to a new study, THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana that creates a “high” feeling, can also improve your memory.
Researchers found that old mice in their study experienced “a dramatic improvement in cognitive functions.” According to co-author Andreas Zimmer, a professor of molecular psychiatry at the University of Bonn in Germany, the animals were given small daily doses of THC for about a month.
The study consisted of 17 mice that were 2 months old; 24 mature mice that were 1 year old; and 29 mice that were 18 months old, which was considered old for mice.
Small pumps were implanted into their bodies and in about half of the mice in each age group had a small amount of THC released daily for about a month. The other mice received a control substance that had no THC.
The researches conducted some experiments to test the mices’ cognitive skills, which included their memory and being able to learn something new. The scientists placed the mice in a pool of water with a hidden platform that could let them escape once they found it. In the control group, mature mice and old mice took longer than the young mice, while in the group that was treated with THC, mice in the same age category learned much faster.
The researchers say there is still a lot more research needed to see if this could be applied to humans.