Archive for the ‘Brain’ Category

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180910173731.htm

Very effective medication for many conditions.

AuntieBS

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180905131826.htm

This paper wants us to believe that cannabis users suffer from more “noise” in the brain, similar to that found in heroin abusers and alcoholics.  Maybe.  Maybe not.  The researchers cannot qualify the “noise”, which may simply be increased creative thinking, under cannabis, which is different from alcohol or opiates.  Another way to paraphrase this is “cannabis users show more brain activity than non-users”.  At this point, it is anyone’s guess as to the details of that activity.

Cannabis often leads to “out of the box” thinking, melding disparate ideas into novel concepts.  The late Carl Sagan felt that this was a good thing, inspiring creativity and insight.

AuntieBS

“No stems, no seeds that you don’t need, Acapulco Gold is bad-ass weed”, to plagiarize a jingle from Cheech and Chong, almost 50 years ago.  Never mind stems and seeds, or even bad-ass weed, but learn about cannabidiol– CBD.  It is one of the main cannabinoids that is not psychoactive but has powerful medical properties.  It is a very good anti-inflammatory agent.  Many seniors use it in ointment for arthritic hands, elbows, shoulders, even backs.  CBD also has anti-cancer properties and while rumors and anecdotes abound, scientific research has shown it to be effective for gliomas– a specific type of brain cancer.  Now, it may be useful for eye and vision issues:

https://www.getholistichealth.com/77732/how-cbd-oil-can-improve-your-eyesight/

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180723132251.htm

AuntieBS is not a neuroscientist, so to flat-out declare this to be bullshit is out of her league.  But, such “studies” should be viewed with a jaundiced eye, because there is so much negative pressure against cannabis from Big Pharma, so see its use as reducing their profits.

When you read reports of modern cannabis strains being more potent, be wary.  Instead of smoking entire joints, the modern cannabis user enjoys just a toke or two, akin to a shot or two of vodka vs a six pack of beer.  The cannabis ingestion level may be the same, but the tars and combustion byproducts is much less with stronger strains.  Having said that, there are no details as to the amount of cannabis given to the test mice, and how that would extrapolate to human use.  If a human got as wasted as they could possibly be and remain awake, there may not be much remembered.  But, the amount of intoxication under “normal” use, is much less and long-term memory is not affected.

So, I question the veracity of this assertion and remain unconvinced, though I cannot discount it 100%.  As with most things, moderation is a good concept.

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171212092100.htm

While smoking cannabis may be how researchers tested, or noted, the efficacy, eating cannabis provides a more even, time-release, and may therefore be a better alternative to smoking, which spikes blood content of the cannabinoids quickly, followed by a faster decline.

It may also help Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients, too.

 

AuntieBS

Getting spanked as a child can lead to a host of mental health problems in adulthood, say researchers.

Source: Childhood spankings can lead to adult mental health problems — ScienceDaily

 

Fairly administered corporal punishment does not lead to problems in adulthood and may actually minimize them.  The authors are mistaken and confusing it for other confounders as being causal.  Corporal punishment teaches responsibility and that there are painful consequences for making poor choices; something that is lacking in large segments of western society.

Corporal punishment, however, can be doled it in anger, unfairly, abusively and if so, it is these aspects that may contribute to resentment and mental health problems later in life, and it is unclear as to how the authors differentiated that from parental discipline that is so key to teaching responsibility.

Children have not fully developed rational thought processes so, to be effective, punishment and reward must strike at the emotional level.  The fear and pain of a spanking is a sharp lesson in consequences for inappropriate behavior whereas logic and reasoning is largely lost on undeveloped minds.

AuntieBS

A study by neuroscientists finds that a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis called cannabidiol, or CBD, appears to protect against the long-term negative psychiatric effects of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

Source: CBD may protect against psychiatric risk from high-THC cannabis strains: Neuroscientists find cannabidiol reduces symptoms such as impaired memory in adolescent mice simultaneously exposed to THC — ScienceDaily