Cannabinoid agonist rescues learning and memory after a traumatic brain injury

Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2015 Mar;2(3):289-94. doi: 10.1002/acn3.163. Epub 2015 Feb 16.

Abstract

Traumatic brain injury can cause persistent challenges including problems with learning and memory. Previous studies suggest that the activation of the cannabinoid 1 receptor after a traumatic brain injury could be beneficial. We tested the hypothesis that posttraumatic brain injury administration of a cannabinoid 1 receptor agonist can rescue deficits in learning and memory. Young adult male rats were subjected to a moderately severe controlled cortical impact brain injury, with a subset given postinjury i.p. injections of a cannabinoid receptor agonist. Utilizing novel object recognition and the morris water task, we found that the brain-injured animals treated with the agonist showed a marked recovery.