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A new study suggests that marijuana may actually promote the growth of neurons in the brain:
Researchers at the University of Calgary said they've found evidence that the brain contains so-called CB2 cannabinoid receptors, previously seen in immune tissue but thought not to exist in brain tissue. The discovery, they added, could lead to new drugs to treat nausea associated with cancer or AIDS.

Most so-called drugs of abuse -- such as alcohol or cocaine -- inhibit the growth of new neurons, according to Xia Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Saskatchewan.

"Only marijuana promotes neurogenesis," Dr. Zhang said.

The finding -- reported in the current issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation -- does not involve smoked or ingested marijuana, but rather a synthetic compound dubbed HU-210, which Dr. Zhang said is 100 times as powerful as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound responsible for the highs experienced by recreational users.

Dr. Zhang and colleagues showed that administration of HU-210 in high but not low doses, not acutely but over a period of several weeks, promotes new neurons in the hippocampus of rats by causing neuronal progenitor cells to proliferate.

The new neurons were associated with a reduction in behaviour typical of anxiety and depression, such as unwillingness to eat in a novel situation.
I know that whenever I find myself in a Henry James story my appetite floats right down the canal. But I've never tried reading him in the care of an agent of neurogenesis. Personally, though, I'd rather head over to Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles. I get all the Henry James I can eat during the NCAA basketball tourney.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: October 14th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

I must have the strongest neurons, ever!

Knowing my friends, they probably already have HU-210. But they're probably too hopped-up on goofballs to know what to do with it.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 15th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Everything bad -- I mean "bad!" -- comes from Canada. . .
tommix From: tommix Date: October 15th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I wasn't logged in. I swear I wasn't hiding!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 15th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Everyone knew it was you anyway!
yourbestfiend From: yourbestfiend Date: October 15th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
hey! I was about to say: "that wasn't me, by the way!" ahhh...guilty, guilty.

hey, I'll see you tonight! SWEEEEET!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 15th, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Where? When? Send me an e-mail to my cbertsch at livejournal.com account. Or I guess you could coordinate with elizabeg since she's meeting me for lunch and the visit to Bergamot station.
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: October 15th, 2005 12:16 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I get all the Henry James I can eat during the NCAA basketball tourney.

This made me laugh out loud. :)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 15th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I just goes to show you. I was making an obscure reference that only two or three of my regular readers would be able to catch. But now that I think of it, the sentence makes me laugh too, even when stripped of that intention.

BTW, is it true that you are a college basketball viewer? I'm not much of a football follower -- and my partner wouldn't let me watch much even if I were, I fear -- but I adore hoops. I could easily be persuaded to attend a beer-aided viewing fest.
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: October 17th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh yes, I love NCAA basketball. I watch it pretty heavily in the very beginning of the season because I also like to bet on it (5 team parlays) and it seems to me much easier to power rank in November and early December than any other time. And while I fade a bit during Jan/Feb, we of course watch every game of and up to the tourney -- either in Vegas or here on four separate tvs (including our 120" diagonal projection screen). Would *love* to have you over for beer-aided viewing fest!

But. Be seriously seriuosly warned about something: I am an absolute and complete Big 12 girl and cannot stand the Pac-10. And, as should be obvious by now, I'm no wilting lily of a girl and have no trouble talking all the smack in the world and actively rooting against the Pac-10 -- including AZ -- when on. All, mind you, while prettily fetching beers as soon as I noticed someone's is empty. :)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 17th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Big 12? Why? I mean, Big 10 I can understand, given your background. But Oklahoma? Texas Tech? Iowa State? Why?

(Oh, and I love the game too much to overlook greatness wherever it manifests itself. I liked Eddie Sutton's recent teams a lot, even if I did applaud the Wildcats victory over the Cowboys last year.)

(And it's the SEC that I hate with a passion. I regard the South as the source of most of this nation's problems. I know that includes Texas, but I have an easier time with the Big 12 for some reason.)
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: October 17th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

I dunno. Something about Big 12 schools, Big 12 states, Big 12 boys and Big 12 powerhouse bball I like. I could do without Kansas but I love the Texas and OK teams and, of course, I'm totally a Mizzou girl because I've got a *massive* crush on Quinn Snyder... both thinking he's cute and having a real appreciation for his coaching style and skill.

Never was a Big 10 fan, perhaps *because* I grew up in that area? Not sure, why, really. But, overall I think of Big 10 schools as pretty much Big 12 Lite. I don't mind the SEC, although generally root against them just because my brother leans toward heavy SEC supporting and that's just sibling rivalry. It's funny though, because I think I probably hate the PAC 10 for much of the same gut feel reasons you hate the SEC. Surely I blame a lot of it on too many years in L.A. too close to UCLA.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 17th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's because, "UCLA sucks. . . and Stanfurd swallows."
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: October 17th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

And just so you further know about beer-aided NCAA basketball viewing with me, this is the exact sort of thing I'm likely to sit giggling and repeating to myself throughout the game when I'm all beer tipsy and repetition is High Comedy to me. In between slamming my beer down and yelling "Fuck! Run the pick and roll, that 1-4 ucla cut shit is obviously not working!"
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 17th, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Bad for the lungs. I'd make tea.
danthered From: danthered Date: October 15th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Henry James...?

(dude, quit hogging the Cheez-Its!)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 17th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I just saw this. Hilarious!
danthered From: danthered Date: October 18th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Still don't get the Henry James ref, though.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 18th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
At the annual conference our Department's American Literature faculty host, the Arizona Quarterly Symposium, several of the key players are big Henry James fans. This means that references to his work, whether in the papers people give or in the Q+A sessions that follow each one, are improbably common. Because the conference always falls during the NCAA basketball tournament, a huge deal in Tucson, references to the mad skills of Henry James are matched only by references to the mad skills of college players who wish they could be the next Lebron James. Oh, and Henry James is perfect for thinking about complicated love trapezoids where deferral is long if not infinite.
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