Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I choose to love and enjoy life.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ups and Downs

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Scientists Discover Another Way Marijuana Helps The Brain Grow

 Research shows for the first time that CBD, like THC, can promote the growth of brain cells

In 2005, Canadian researchers made a groundbreaking discovery that would forever discredit the myth that marijuana causes brain damage. What they found was an opposite effect. That is, THC – the main chemical in marijuana and the reason why users get ‘high’ – can actually cause new brain cells to grow.

The process of brain growth is called neurogenesis and does not usually improve with drug use. Marijuana use is a different story, explained Xia Zhang, M.D, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan and lead author of the study: “Most ‘drugs of abuse’ suppress neurogenesis. Only marijuana promotes neurogenesis.”

Still, THC is not the only chemical found in marijuana and, eight years later, a team from Brazil is giving marijuana users more reason to celebrate. Their study, published in the July issue of The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, shows that cannabidiol (CBD) can help your brain grow too.

Looking to investigate the effects of CBD on anxiety and depression in rodents, the researchers went to the source – a part of the brain called the hippocampus. The hippocampus regulates emotion and cognitive function and is also the only area of the adult brain that can grow.The hippocampus plays a role in emotion, memory, and learning.

While previous studies have found CBD to have beneficial effects on anxiety and depression, the new study is the first to explain why. What the scientists found was that CBD, just like THC, also causes brain cells in the hippocampus to grow. This, they say, could explain why previous studies identified CBD as an effective treatment for mood disorders.

    “Our results indicate that chronic CBD administration, by promoting neurogenesis, favours a similar anxiolytic response in stressed mice.”

Likewise, other studies have linked depression, anxiety and stress – and even problems with learning and memory – to a lack of adult neurogenesis. Although this can be brought on by frequent substance use (expect for marijuana), neurogenesis also slows down naturally as you age.

But now there is hope, says the team from Brazil. A new understanding of how the brain reacts to CBD, along with other compounds in marijuana, “opens the door for their use to manage psychiatric symptoms in disorders such as ageing, stress and neuroinflammation.”

The study was led by Ismael Galve-Roperh of the Centro de Investigacion Biomedica en Red sobre Enfermedades Neurodegenerativas (CIBERNED), Instituto de Universitario de Investigacion en Neuroquımica (IUIN) and Instituto Ramon y Cajal de Investigacion Sanitaria (IRYCIS)


Thursday, March 16, 2017

It's easy to be swept away by some overwhelming negative feeling,
 so it's helpful to remember that any stressful feeling 
is like a compassionate alarm clock that says,  
"You're caught in the dream."  
Depression, pain, and fear are gifts that say,
 "Take a look at your thinking right now." 
 Lead yourself back to who you really are. 
It hurts to believe you're other than who you are, 
to live any story other than happiness. 

"Loving What Is" 
Byron Katie & Stephen Mitchell

Friday, March 03, 2017

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Prosperity flows freely through my life. 
I sense a natural attraction to wealth and its comforts. 
I embrace prosperity in all forms.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017