Millions of baby boomers suffer from age-related memory loss. The reason why mature adults may have more episodes of memory lapses as they age may be linked to our physiology, and neglecting to strengthen one of our body's most important organs - the brain!
It is estimated that about 40 percent of people over the age of 65 experience some form of memory loss not due to any underlying medical condition. This age-associated memory impairment is considered a normal part of aging. Generally, age-related memory loss leads to situations where you forget where you placed your keys or forget the name of an acquaintance. While this may frustrating and perhaps embarrassing, there is the possibility that, at a later time, your memory will kick in.
If you're aging or finding yourself having frequent senior moments, there's good news. Findings in a new study by German and Israeli researchers suggest that cannabinoids may effectively reverse age-related memory loss. The study administered low dose cannabinoids to mice, who experience age-related memory loss like humans, and found that it reversed mental decline. During the research, cannabinoids effectively eliminated the typical memory loss and reductions in cognitive ability caused by age.
The findings suggest that cannabinoids may be beneficial for maintaining brain health and potentially for treating dementia disorders like Alzheimer's disease. The scientists are planning a clinical trial on humans aged 60 to 70 later this year.