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Despite stereotypes of being ditsy and slow after a dose, researchers now believe that cannabis can actually help to sharpen our minds.

According to a Forbes report, researchers at the University of Bonn and Hebrew University have discovered that low doses of THC on a regular basis may help to keep our brains from “slowing down” as we get older.

Published in the journal Nature Medicine, the German study tested the effects THC had on a number of mice of young and older ages. It found that younger mice suffered a performance drop under the influence of THC, while older mice had a considerable performance boost, sometime putting them on par with younger mice who weren’t dosed with THC.

The study took place on mice that were two months, one year, and 18 months old, who were given a daily dose of THC over the course of a month. After, the mice were tested on their abilities to recognize familiar objects and to navigate a water maze in known and new configurations.

Apparently, the results were similar to those of humans: younger animals excelled at the tests when “sober”, but struggled significantly under the influence of THC. “Mature” and “old” mice, however, struggled with tasks at first, but after getting their THC dose, had a huge increase in performance.

According to The Guardian, “None of the mice displayed the strange effects one might expect from doses of THC.”

“Together, these results reveal a profound, long-lasting improvement of cognitive performance resulting from a low dose of THC treatment in mature and old animals,” scientists said.