Monday, August 29, 2011

Scientists: Endocannabinoid System a 'Bodyguard for the Brain'

According to a report from ScienceDaily, researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Mainz have discovered a link between cannabinoid receptors in the brain and the aging process.

Cannabinoid receptors are a protein in the brain that can bind with another substance, such as THC (the active ingredient in marijuana), to set off a chain of signals. 

The scientists genetically modified mice to turn off their cannabinoid receptors and noticed that their brains degenerated at a much faster rate. 

You can read the full story here.
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