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A laser scanning confocal image of vasculature in the cerebral cortex.Image by Thomas Deerinck, UCSD.
The Spinal Cord.  Grey matter is in red and white matter is in yellow.
Cross section of a blood vessel in the spinal cord.  The dark red shapes are red blood cells.  Endothelial cells form the blood vessel; their nuclei are stained green and blue.  The thin red line is the plasma membrane of the endothelial cells. The green, orange, and purple shapes are organelles in the white matter surrounding the blood vessel.
A capillary just wide enough for a single red blood cell.
» Cannabinoids promote neurogenesis

When the synthetic cannabinoid HU-210 was injected into mice, it caused proliferation of neurons in the hippocampus, a brain area essential for learning and memory.  Because HU-210 decreases the release of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, the new cells did not differentiate.  This provides a biological explanation for part of the experience of getting high; the THC in marijuana causes an excess of new cells that do not form organized connections.

     It is interesting to note that our current understanding of depression involves the reduction of neurogenesis in the hippocampus (1); without new cells you cannot create new ways of thinking.  It has been found that exercise increases neurogenesis (2) .  In a society that where a person spends most of their day sitting in a car or in front of a computer, is mental stagnation really a surprise?   So exercise, smoke pot, do new things, and watch you mental architecture morph into new shapes and patterns!

These cerebral arteries supply the massive quantities of blood required for the brain to function. As much as 20 percent of blood pumped by the heart is directed to the brain.
These cells line the Choroid Plexus, a layer of tissue that lines the inside of the ventricles of the nervous system.  The swollen tips of these cells secrete the cerebrospinal fluid which bathes the brain in glucose and proteins, and prevents it from collapsing under its own weight.
Pulsation of the Cerebrospinal fluid in step with the heart.
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