11 Nov 2016

New Finding - Marijuana, Memory, and Mitochondria

  • Mitochondria = structures within our cells where energy is ultimately generated from the food we eat
  • Cannabinoids = compounds (such as THC) in marijuana that are able to stick to and turn on proteins known as cannabinoid receptors - these receptors are found throughout our bodies
  • mtCB1 = cannabinoid receptor present in brain cell mitochondria
  • New data indicates that turning on mtCB1 receptors in the hippocampus, the part of the brain where memories are formed, leads to a slowdown in mitochondrial energy generation and a reduction in memory formation
  • This provides an explanation for why smoking weed messes with your ability to remember stuff
Nature - A Cannabinoid Link Between Mitochondria and Memory

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