Friday, 16 August 2013

Canadian Study: Schizophrenics and Marijuana – Better Memory and Higher Cognitive Function

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 2.4 million Americans suffer from the debilitating disorder of schizophrenia – or about 1.1% of the populace. A new study from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Montréal is giving many with the devastating disorder new insight and a greater understanding between marijuana consumption and improved brain functionality, coupled with increased emotional memory.

The recently funded Canadian study looked long and hard at marijuana abusing schizophrenics – searching for a link, scientists “performed a functional magnetic resonance imaging study of emotional memory in schizophrenia patients with cannabis abuse…” And what they found gave them hope.

Left with only one possible conclusion – the University of Montréal’s psychiatric researchers stated “our results suggest that emotional memory and prefrontal lobe functioning are preserved in dual-diagnosis patients (DD patients = schizophrenics who also smoke pot).” Further summarizing “these results are consistent with previous findings showing that cannabis abuse is associated with fewer negative symptoms and better cognitive functioning in schizophrenia.”

The bottom line here is… Marijuana helps to reduce the negative effects in schizophrenia – while improving cognitive functionality. Yeah marijuana!