Marijuana and the fountain of youth?
Does marijuana have anti-aging properties? Well according to the family of the recently deceased Fulla Nayak, she claimed it did. Fulla Nayak who passed away at the age of 125 claimed that smoking cannabis daily was her secret to a long and healthy life. She also was a avid cigar conisuor, so we may need to take that into consideration.
There have been a few indications on the link between marijuana and anti-aging. In 2005 it was reported that marijuana use in rats was shown to decrease the propensity to get Alzheimer disease.
Dr. Robert Melamede, an associate professor at the University of Colorado, testified in court to the anti-aging effects of marijuana. Melamede also stated after his testimony:
“You can look at the harm caused by free radicals as biological friction or biological rust and the endocannabinoid system minimizes the impact of that and directly acts as an antioxidant as well as modifying the biochemistry in a way that minimizes the impacts,”
“I’m saying what science has now shown is that marijuana and cannabinoids are effective anti-aging agents which means that they are effective in minimizing the onset and the severity of age-related illnesses which include cognitive dysfunction things like Alzheimers, cardiovascular disease be it heart attacks, strokes, or clogged arteries.”
Gary Wenk, professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at The Ohio State University discusses here about the way cannaboids in marijuana can be used to counter the effects of aging by reducing the natural inflammation that aging has on the brain. He also uses coffee as a example which is good since I am also an avid coffee lover.
So does marijuana actually have anti-aging properties? It appears there is some very good indicators that is does. Yet where are the extensive studies? In 2009 a study was launched for Rapamycin a compound found in the soil Easter Island which was shown to possibly reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Yet Rapamycin has a very dangerous side effect of suppressing the bodies immune system.
Now marijuana has both cancer and heart disease reduction, plus the cognitive advantages of “oiling” the aging brain and preventing Alzheimer and other forms of dementia with no known negative side effects, yet once again there is no fanfare or research money for marijuana. I guess that comes with the stigma of having the nickname of “pot”.
Oh well, the best fountain of youth is the one that everyone else rejects. If you do not want our fountain of youth we will keep it for ourselves. Happy cannabis everyone and RIP Fulla Nayak.