Especially, it seems, those related to red wine – a reported killer one week, a lifesaver the next. (The salt’s also good for cleaning it off the carpet.)
The latest bulletin says a nice glass of red may help improve your memory. And that reminds me…
Did I really see a headline somewhere last week suggesting that “moderate” cannabis use when young can stave off memory loss when older?
Was that just wishful thinking? Or a raddled, ageing memory playing tricks on me?
No, here it is. Not just one headline, but a whole Google screenful of them.
Research published last year in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease “strongly suggests” that marijuana, “could be a potential therapeutic treatment option”.
Alzheimer’s, the report says, “is thought to result from a lifetime of brain inflammation”. And marijuana, it adds, is “one of the most safe anti-inflammatories in medicine”.
That’ll be some of that data Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was talking about, then.
Now, I’m not recommending that you dash out to score a spliff in the hope of recovering your lost memory.
For one thing, the very fact that cannabis is illegal raises its own problems. Your back-street dealer may not be too hot on quality control, clinical testing or dosage advice.
On the other hand, perhaps I can stop worrying that my moderately wasted youth is behind my growing tendency to forget things like people’s names – and last week’s headlines.
Of course, the red wine may be another matter.