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Aspirin may help stop memory loss caused by medicinal pot

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Contrary to what some people may think, marijuana has been used for centuries to treat such conditions as nausea, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and cancer. Unfortunately, while it can also reduce some neural logical damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease as well, taking marijuana can also cause reduced attention spans and memory loss.

However, a new study involving mice, led by neuroscientist Chu Chen of Louisiana State University has found evidence that by simply taking over-the-counter pain-killers such as aspirin and ibuprofen patients can neutralize the psychoactive ingredient in pot tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)* by blocking an enzyme called COX-2.

“If the results hold true in humans, they could broaden the medical use of marijuana,” noted University of Bourdeaux neuroscientist Giovanni Marsicano. “Many people in clinical trials are dropping out from treatments because they say they cannot work anymore because they are ‘stoned all the time.”

However, taking ibuprofen while smoking pot for pleasure, “may kill the buzz,” added Marsicano.

*THC has been approved to treat nausea caused by chemotherapy as well as anorexia in AIDS patients.



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