A new study published in the journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology has found that activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors – something done naturally by cannabis – can rescue learning and memory after a traumatic brain injury.
For the study, researchers “tested the hypothesis that posttraumatic brain injury administration of a cannabinoid 1 receptor agonist can rescue deficits in learning and memory. Young adult male rats were subjected to a moderately severe controlled cortical impact brain injury, with a subset given postinjury i.p. injections of a cannabinoid receptor agonist.’
Utilizing novel object recognition and the morris water task, researchers found that “the brain-injured animals treated with the agonist showed a marked recovery.”
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Calgary’s Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and Regeneration Unit in Neurobiology Core Facility, and the University of Hawai’i’s Department of Biology, can be found by clicking here.