Harvard Study: Smoking Marijuana Boosts Brain Performance

Harvard Study: Smoking Marijuana Boosts Brain Performance

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There are countless testimonials of people claiming of the curative effect of marijuana and its positive impact on their lives. The truth is that marijuana has a very controversial background. In fact, the government hasn’t shown much interest in the potential health benefits of this plant. Instead, they classify it as a drug and ban its commercial use.

In recent years, many studies have emerged and have pointed out the beneficial effects that these plants have. One such study has recently been reported in a medical journal.

The initial observations by researchers from Harvard School, McLean Hospital and the University of Tufts have found that the use of marijuana can boost our cognitive performance, which enables us to use the knowledge gained by mental actions meaning that we can perform simple and complex tasks that depend upon our thinking.

The Experts behind the study have tracked 24 regular users of medical marijuana during a period of three months. Throughout this period, patients underwent through an array of mental challenges and tests including the Stroop Effect Test and the Trail Test.

The Stroop Effect Test is designed to differentiate between people who are non-brain damaged and people with brain damage while the Trail Test is a short and convenient estimate of cognitive functions, principally attention and working memory.

The leading researcher and manager at McLean Hospital, Staci Gruber, Ph.D. has released her initial report which stated that after the three-month period of treatment with medical-marijuana the patients actually scored better results in their tests regarding the speed and accuracy.

She also reports that the patients have noticed enhancements in their overall health and sleep, additionally, they have measured a reduction of 42 percent in the use of painkillers.

The preliminary results from this study clearly show the impact marijuana has on the mental performance of the human brain along with the accompanying health benefits and most importantly the reduction in the use of painkillers.

But these findings need a more thorough investigation to fully understand the impact of marijuana, as Staci Gruber says that it’s their job to find the safest ways in which people can use it.

What do you think? Can marijuana help us unlock a larger portion of our mental capacity? Can we prevent illnesses in the future? Will it become the “panacea“ of the next century?

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Simon Segal

Simon Segal

A professional writer with years of continual practice. His experience in writing varies from science to psychology and spirituality. He also teaches academic and creative writing.
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