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Cannabichromene In Marijuana Helps Brain Grow, Study Shows

By on August 20, 2013
Studies show chemicals in marijuana can stimulate growth of new brain cells

Studies show chemicals in marijuana could act to stimulate growth of new brain cells

TruthOnPot.com – Contrary to popular belief, the brain doesn’t stop growing after reaching a certain age. In fact, brain cells are constantly being generated in adults through a process called neurogenesis.

Now groundbreaking research from Italy shows that a fairly unknown chemical in marijuana called cannabichromene (CBC) could help with this process. Published last week in the journal Neurochemistry International, the authors wrote:

“In conclusion, CBC may exert potential actions on brain health through effects on adult neural stem cells.”

Specifically, cannabichromene appeared to increase the viability of developing brain cells – known to scientists as adult neural stem progenitor cells (NSPC).

In adults, neurogenesis occurs in a specific area of the brain important for memory and learning: The hippocampus. Previous studies show that the brain is capable of producing over 5,000 new cells each day, although this number seems to decline with age.

cannabichromene-brain-grow-2-08-20As the authors of the new study explain, stem cells involved with neurogenesis are an “essential component of brain function in health” and a decline in their growth is thought to contribute to a variety of disorders, including depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

Interestingly, earlier studies show a similar effect of CBD and THC on the growth of these brain cells.

Dr. Xia Jiang of the University of Saskatchewan led one of the first studies on THC and neurogenesis. She summarized the findings of her 2005 study in an interview with Science Daily:

“Most ‘drugs of abuse’ suppress neurogenesis. Only marijuana promotes neurogenesis.”

Although the current study was conducted using stem cells derived from rats, the authors hope that future studies involving marijuana preparations will provide stronger evidence for “the potential benefit of the future clinical use of these herbal products in the treatment of neurological diseases or injuries through the regulation of adult neurogenesis.”

The study was published ahead of print and funded by a research grant from GW Pharmaceuticals.

  • Jordan Hal Mosman

    Neurochemistry International is unbiased because this happens to be the result of scientists just happening to find data suggesting something positive about marijuna. Then this information gets picked up by a biased source that looks for favorable information about marijuana. It would be nice to decide that marijuana is healthy for the brain and the body, but the reality is that the whole issue is very complex and there are a lot of conflicting reports.

  • Regina Nelson

    No one can deny we all have an endocannabinoid system–there is a reason cannabis works well as medicine for so many. We have much to learn! And education and research are key to understanding more! http://www.CPNInstitute.Org

    • Cam the Cat

      Humans also have an endogenous opioid system. Do you deny that heroin & opium can have significantly negative consequences on the human body? And even though prescription pain medicines (most of which are opioids based on chemicals derived from opiates) do work & help individuals to alleviate pain, would you also claim that pain medications overused & abused to an excess do not also have deleterious effects?

      Just because we have an endogenous cannabinoid system does not mean that it can be used to treat every ailment out there, or that it cannot be abused & lead to negative effects on people’s health. The human body & cellular biology are much more complex than you would like or care to believe. Everything in moderation. And everything has a necessary cause & effect.

      • Dave

        I deny that Bayer heroin is beneficial , it’s a deadly toxic drug that killed my father. Lance the bulb of the poppy, smear the sap on a leaf, let dry in field overnight, in morning use a razor and scrape the dried sap from the leaf, that’s raw opium is safer than heroin that’s been extracted with sulfuric acid, (to be shot into veins ? No wonder they collapse) and the opium is tweaked with other toxic chemicals , Bayer once marketed heroin to children for the cough. Tell me what cannabis can not cure please, it’s hemp seeds has 74.0 mg calcium, it is the only thing that can cure MRSA, tell me what those synthetic drugs can do that cannabis cannot do safer , please. If it kills daily I’m going to guess it might kill me, but if it has killed no one, why would I think it could kill me. If it kills daily that’s not safe, if it’s killed no one, stop hating on it.

        • Olen

          You have to admit that Cam the Cat has a point: Just because the body has receptors for natural opium-like chemicals, which plant opium binds to, that not a reason to take heroin! But, it’s a bit different with cannabis, which (at least anecdotally) is being shown to cure many ills, and even to kill cancer cells…with NO proven direct deaths from cannabis, EVER! It’s a bit different than heroin. There’s a good reason why it’s called “junk”.

          • Calin Lincicum

            Erm. Actually it’s a rather empty bit of truthyism. The endocannabinoid system is effectively the cleanup crew. It resets and cleans up after pretty much all other endocrine transactions and a few things at the cellular level. So comparing Opioids to cannabinoids by receptor presence alone is like saying I can ride a windmill to work because it has a wheel.

      • Drew Bright

        Cannabis oils do not have the life-threatening CNS effects of opiates, your analogy is based on false premises. No one has EVER died from cannabis overdose.

        • Guest

          You don’t even know what my premise was, instead interjecting your own biased interpretation of what I meant. Someone stated that because there was an endogenous cannabinoid molecular system in our bodies, that it automatically necessarily meant that cannabis use was a good thing & a great healing medicine. My analogy was that there is also an endogenous opioid system in our bodies, which itself can be beneficial, but which can also be subject to abuse. My point did not refer to or use the word ‘overdose’ whatsoever. You interjected that thought & premise all your own, & then argued a typical strawman argument against me. It was actually a very relevant comparison but you were too biased & argumentative for the sake of arguing to appreciate it. Just because there are receptors for a specific drug molecule class in our bodies doesn’t necessarily mean it can only be used to for good things. Medicines all have a necessary cause, effect, & side effect, & can be both properly used & wrongfully abused.

          • Cam the Cat

            Wow, Disqus your commenting system is broken & full of glitches.

        • Guest

          You don’t even know what my premise was, instead interjecting your own
          biased interpretation of what I meant. Someone stated that because there
          was an endogenous cannabinoid molecular system in our bodies, that it
          automatically necessarily meant that cannabis use was a good thing &
          a great healing medicine. My analogy was that there is also an
          endogenous opioid system in our bodies, which itself can be beneficial,
          but which can also be subject to abuse. My point did not refer to or use
          the word ‘overdose’ whatsoever. You interjected that thought &
          premise all your own, & then argued a typical strawman argument
          against me. It was actually a very relevant comparison but you were too
          biased & argumentative for the sake of arguing to appreciate it.
          Just because there are receptors for a specific drug molecule class in
          our bodies doesn’t necessarily mean it can only be used for good
          things. Medicines all have a necessary cause, effect, & side effect,
          & can be both properly used & wrongfully abused.

        • Guest

          You don’t even know what my premise was, instead interjecting your own
          biased interpretation of what I meant. Someone stated that because there
          was an endogenous cannabinoid molecular system in our bodies, that it
          automatically necessarily meant that cannabis use was a good thing &
          a great healing medicine. My analogy was that there is also an
          endogenous opioid system in our bodies, which itself can be beneficial,
          but which can also be subject to abuse. My point did not refer to or use
          the word ‘overdose’ whatsoever. You interjected that thought &
          premise all your own, & then argued a typical strawman argument
          against me. It was actually a very relevant comparison but you were too
          biased & argumentative for the sake of arguing to appreciate it.
          Just because there are receptors for a specific drug molecule class in
          our bodies doesn’t necessarily mean it can only be used to for good
          things. Medicines all have a necessary cause, effect, & side effect,
          & can be both properly used & wrongfully abused.

        • Cam the Cat

          You don’t even know what my premise was, instead interjecting your own biased interpretation of what I meant. Someone stated that because there was an endogenous cannabinoid molecular system in our bodies, that it automatically necessarily meant that cannabis use was a good thing & a great healing medicine. My analogy was that there is also an endogenous opioid system in our bodies, which itself can be beneficial, but which can also be subject to abuse. My point did not refer to or use the word ‘overdose’ whatsoever. You interjected that thought & premise all your own, & then argued a typical strawman argument against me. It was actually a very relevant comparison but you were too biased & argumentative for the sake of arguing to appreciate it. Just because there are receptors for a specific drug molecule class in our bodies doesn’t necessarily mean it can only be used to for good things. Medicines all have a necessary cause, effect, & side effect, & can be both properly used & wrongfully abused.

      • Fernando B

        humans have an endogenous opioid system, opioids do work and help individuals to alleviate pain. it can be abuse, but no one would deny opioids to a person with severe injuries, severe pain, any patient in need of compassionate or emergency care. medicine use any pharmacological substance available to help to cure and mitigate pain..and we use opioids in benefit of human been. why if that is done with opioids not can be done with Cannabis when the problem can be improved improving the cannabinoid system?Cannabis is safer than many other drugs and medicines, included caffeine, is less addictive, and even have nutritional and protective properties. everything can be abuse, then help the people that need help with the abuse, but most clinical profesional have the training and the capacity and skills to help people to use cannabis to help their health. Are you worry about abuse, harm, death, disease and mental and social problems? then worry about alcohol and tobacco. Statistically the more dangerous and harm causing drugs around, and if you are not aware, legal. Cannabis is not, is largely and extensively used around the world, has not kill anybody from overdose yet, and still some stupid governments does not recognize they are leading himself to an historical embarrassment. In a few years we will see cannabis prohibition as cruel and uncivilized as human slavery.

  • http://johnturmel.com John C. Turmel, B. Eng.

    Jct: Must explain why I’m so sharp and my political prohibitionist opponents are so dull.

  • Cam the Cat

    TruthonPot, you clearly didn’t even read as much as the abstract to this
    scientific article. The study was done in mice, not rats. Not the same
    animal. Also, mouse neural stem cells in vitro does not necessarily
    equate to human neural stem cells in vivo. LEARN TO EDUCATE YOURSELF
    PROPERLY & STOP GETTING HIGH SO MUCH.

    Cannabinoids may or may not help treat certain types of cancer, but cannabinoids are NOT the same thing as marijuana, especially when smoking it, & until enough conclusive studies come out which continue to show & correlate these perceived findings, then it can HARDLY be considered as the “Truth” about pot.

    • I’m a girl tho!

      Just to say I’m linking no name but this test was done on people with cancer and other things all done on human body’s alive! I’ve been in one of these test my self I believe that anything with the use of cannabis is true that it does help everything smoking cannabis or “weed” is perfectly fine unlike ciggerates there is resin from smoking but resin is being put into your lungs and disapates into your surrounding flesh and is used in your body to do good things there are no deaths from cannabis 2 people died from allergic reaction but they didn’t know and the government used it again cannabis and said they dead from smoking since child hood

      • Cam the Cat

        Unlike you, I actually read the study in question that this article is referring to regarding CBC (& not just the abstract), & have the necessary credentials to understand how to interpret it objectively. It was a study which was done in mice. You could not have been involved or included in this particular study, because you are not a mouse.

        • happy

          Science goes behind reality Cam the Cat, you maybe are a good reader but a bit stupid in your conclusions as well. Open your mind, not only reading you will learn, I suggest you to get a joint and smoke it and you will feel better and better each minute… ha ha… very stupid of you indeed…

          • Cam the Cat

            Cute quote, if it made any sense whatsoever. “Science goes behind reality”? What the hell does that even mean? Nice generic expression without any substance to it because it is too broadly vague to be applicable to anything. Only someone like you who is blitzed to the max would think it is profound & makes any sense at all. What conclusions am I “stupid” in? That the study was in fact done in mice & not rats like the idiot who wrote this story about the article he didn’t even read was trying to BS people? That I am trained in how to read & interpret scientific studies objectively, that not just any run-of-the-mill stoner would be able to really understand? Explain to me, please, via your pro-marijuana bias, how exactly are any conclusions I’ve drawn or made on this page “stupid”?

            Not to mention that I’ve smoked more marijuana than most people can fathom & am thus not only honest but open about the negative effects associated with its use, as well as the wealth of misinformation out there in support of it. Until you yourself are free from ALL bias, then you cannot preach to me what conclusions are valid to draw. You can ignorantly tell me to “open my mind”, but until yours is truly clear, you don’t have a fucking clue what is & is not “stupid”.

          • Calin Lincicum

            Okay kiddo. Have you really dug into pubmed? If you had you’d be less of an ass about this.

  • Nat Turner

    Just don’t try to convince the U.S. Congress because they have already paid for a study that told them the same thing and destroyed it.

  • kathy n

    luckily, we don’t have to wait for ‘future tests on humans’, we have been doing it for years by ignoring unjust laws and creating our own cannabis oil, growing our own cannabis, etc. or getting it some other way and now thankfully, legally and medically legal. i can tell the scientists now, that all cannabinoids work together and they are all miraculous. in my own life and those of my loved one’s, i have seen cannabinoids do unbelievable things. not to mention realm of caring that is curing thousands of people, mostly kids, of their brain dis-ease like dravets, epilepsy.

  • Ed Bland

    FRUSTRATION is unavoidable with the message I am trying to get out because the people have been FED a lie for so long that they BELIEVE it !
    ~ . On 08-30-2008 I wrecked my motorbike killing me 3 times in life flight & putting me into an 87 day coma. That required me to go through rehabs relearning life. Once returning home, with next to no memory of my life, I had a friend ask me to get a medical card & try CANNABIS. I was amazed because not only did my memories start returning, but my THOUGHT PROCESS started working again. That made me research why. It is the blood that THC delivers with every HEAD RUSH
    Through “meditation” I have learned why I returned from the dead., It is to do HIS will & I do not try to tell others because they will not understand & want to call me a FAKE !