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How Cannabis Affects The Brain

It’s a good time to Cannabis in its recent history of strict regulation. Nations and states relax these rules and laws. What’s really interesting is that the backsliding of legal scrutiny is not limited to the medical use of cannabis alone. Indeed, many US states have even made recreational legal cannabis use. The best thing is that many Americans enjoy their cannabis and related products for the right reasons. Cannabis is well known for its large number of benefits which include:

  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • And insomnia among others

But there is this concern within the scientific community that the popularity and acceptance of cannabis in the spheres of policy-making and public perception exceeds the facts based on scientific research. So we need more data, is the verdict perhaps unanimous!

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Medical experts have therefore taken the initiative and stimulated and increased the intensity and pace of scientific research into the effects of the use of cannabis and its constituent products. For example, researchers and scientists are using neuroimaging tools like functional MRI to better understand and communicate the impact of cannabis on a human’s brain.

Research suggests that cannabis isn’t the best thing for young, developing minds. Those under the age of 16 had better refrain from it as a source of recreation. High recreational cannabis users in this age group have lower behavioral and cognitive activities than their peer group. Some critical brain functions like attention, memory, and the ability to make appropriate judgments in mid-teens can be affected by heavy cannabis use. Performance results in these people’s driving simulations suggest the same. Additionally, cannabis use in mid-adolescence also alters white matter in the brain. Remember that the neural fibers of the white matter are of the utmost importance for the different regions of the brain to communicate effectively with each other.

The MIND program

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As mentioned earlier, some experts are interested in filling the knowledge gap regarding long-term studies of cannabis use, including cannabis used for medical purposes. One of the fruits of this intention is the MIND program (Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery).

MIND has taken its first step forward by conducting an individual observational longitudinal study of patients who use cannabis for a wide variety of health conditions. Study subjects are assessed and tested at the start of their interaction with medical marijuana, followed by further testing at 3, 6, 12, 15, 18, and 24 months of use. The study found that people who took such drugs performed better in cognitive activities, especially executive functions. This finding contradicts previous findings of lower cognitive function when using a lot of recreational cannabis compared to abstainers. Not only that, but study subjects also reported improvements in several key aspects of life and well-being such as:

  • Energy
  • Mood
  • Sleep
  • And the decrease in the need for conventional drugs

The minds of scientists obviously turn to an explanation for such contrasting results. Some experts therefore believe that clarity of thought may result from symptom relief and a decrease in opioid use. Another factor to consider is that the average age of a person using cannabis for medical purposes is significantly higher than that of a regular recreational marijuana user. Additionally, the scientists cite preclinical data that indicates that cannabis stimulates the endocannabinoid system. This is all the more true if he has aged. The endocannabinoid is a bodily system that plays an important role in regulating vital body functions, including:

  • Mood
  • Sleep
  • Memory
  • And the appetite

The MIND initiative also runs programs with women affected by menopause and mensuration-related issues and even with veterans regarding their chronic pain. In addition, MIND also conducts scientific studies on the effectiveness of the non-psychoactive component of cannabis CBD in the relief of anxiety.

In the study mentioned above, patients will receiveCannabis Spectrum rich in CBD in addition to having terpenoids which add flavor and taste and can have individual effects. The other two groups will only have CBD from the above source, and the third group of patients will only have a placebo.

After all, science is about making an informed and smarter choice!

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