Contrary to popular belief, a new study by Ohio State University claims that marijuana might actually be good for memory, helping to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Chemical compounds in the plant were found to have anti-inflammatory effects on neurons and to stimulate neurogenesis, which promotes a healthy brain environment and a more effective memory.  Further research is needed, but co-author of this study Gary Wenk is already investigating the development of possible pharmaceuticals modeled on THC (marijuana’s psychoactive component) that would prevent and alleviate symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s.