Harvard Study: Smoking Weed Improves Brain Functions

Recent findings published in Frontiers in Pharmacology indicate marijuana improves cognitive performance. Read on to learn more!

Researchers from McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Tufts University recently completed a small case study that showed promising results. Twenty-four patients were studied over three months, and their cognitive functions were tested with the Stroop Color Word Test and the Trail Making Test.

After three months of medical marijuana treatment, patients actually performed better, in terms of their ability to perform certain cognitive tasks, specifically those mediated by the frontal cortex,” explained Staci Gruber, PhD, director of the Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) program at McLean Hospital.

Study participants also reported improvements in their specific clinical conditions, sleep, and overall health as well as a decreased use of conventional medications, particularly opiates.
We saw a 42 percent reduction in opioid use,” reported Gruber. 

“This is significant, particularly for those of us in Massachusetts and other areas of the country where the opioid epidemic is ravaging so many. This preliminary finding certainly warrants deeper and broader investigation.

The researchers continue to run more tests. And, as Gruber points out, “people are going to use it.  It’s up to us to figure out the very best and safest ways in which they can do that.”

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