Stoners have lived under the misnomer that their rampant marijuana use has turned them into forgetful dunderheads who couldn’t remember their own name if it was burned on to their retinas.
That may or may not be true because society hasn’t allowed tattoo artists to ink someone’s retina (yet), but the notion they are causing permanent damage to their psyche is unfounded and based on stereotypes and hearsay.
Now we have actual science to veto those claims. A study at Tel Aviv University’s Adelson Center for the Biology of Addictive Diseases found regular low doses of THC, the psychoactive ingredient that makes marijuana such a joy to smoke, can actually help in the prevention of debilitating brain injuries and damage, according to Science Daily.
The study showed THC actually strengthened brain cells and improved “cell signalling, preventing cell death and promoting growth factors.” It allowed cells to fight harder against injuries caused by seizures and a lack of oxygen in the brain and prevented the brain from suffering “long-term cognitive damage.” Of course, this means stoners will suffer from the effects of short-term cognitive damage such as forgetting important daily activities like putting on pants before leaving the house and if they actually own a house or pants.
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