Marijuana’s long-term effects on the brain could throw a new spanner in the works with the current drug war.
The burning question of how long-term cannabis use affects the human brain is extremely important for the medical community to accept its benefits finally.
What does not make sense though, is alcohol remains legal despite countless studies revealing its long-term dangers.
Marijuana is not only still tainted with stigma, it’s even seen worse for you than alcohol.
Cannabis’s medical and non-medical use has been the subject of much debate.
Marijuana’s long-term effects and benefits
Thankfully, the dispute can lastly move out from the realm of viewpoint into scientific proof as scientists from the University of Texas directly released their research study into marijuana’s long-term effects on the brain in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).
The scientist helped resolve the passing away misconception that marijuana use reduces IQ, and provides more evidence to marijuana’s possible function in fighting Alzheimer’s.
The research revealed that earlier onset of regular marijuana use causes greater structural and functional connectivity in the brain.
The most substantial increases in connection look like a specific begin using marijuana, with results showing that the intensity of use is straight associated to greater connection.
Although these outcomes will have to be confirmed with a larger sample (this was based on roughly 100 individuals), the preliminary results seemed appealing.
More research study had to be performed to see if these differences are caused by, or related merely to marijuana’s long-term effects.
The UT research study likewise discovered lowered noodle in the OFC (orbitofrontal cortex) in long-term users (which is a brain region connected with addiction).
It was uncertain whether this area is simply smaller sized in routine users (explaining their regular usage) or if the use contributed to structural brain modifications.
A more current follow-up research study (yes, we edit articles with new info) published in the Journal of Neuroscience, also with 100 people (50 adolescents and 50 adults) found no significant differences in brain structure connecting to every day or non-daily cannabis consumption.
Which pokes holes in the analysis that cannabis consumption was the driver in the gray matter distinctions seen in University of Texas study.
These results will likewise have to be viewed due to other researcher revealing that cannabinoids.
In fact, promote brain cell growth/regrowth (neurogenesis) even in grownups.
Why this could stay unlawful anywhere, is an essential question, and ideally, individuals will continue to inform themselves and others on the topic.
US Government Admits Cannabis Cures Cancer
The United States federal government has unwittingly admitted that cannabis cures cancer following numerous definitive research studies exposing the plant has an enormous effect on treating the illness.
Regardless of Jeff Sessions attempting to swim against the tide of marijuana legalization, those who advocate the imprisonment of marijuana users fail to remember one crucial thing.
According to a 2015 article by Mike Adams from Natural News: A group of federal researchers commissioned to show the governments declare that contained “zero medical value” may have mistakenly let some innovative research slip through the cracks, forcing the United States government to admit cannabis cures cancer.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse had shocked the Pro-Cannabis Cures Cancer neighborhood by citing a study by The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a research study institution moneyed by the American Government.
The Study had shocked the pro-cannabis community because it pointed out a study that was done at St.George’s University in London which takes a look at the medical benefits of cannabis and brain Cancer.
This is the quote drawn from NIDA’s, Drugs Facts:
“ANIMAL STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT MARIJUANA EXTRACTS MAY HELP KILL CERTAIN CANCER CELLS AND REDUCE THE SIZE OF OTHERS. PROOF FROM ONE CELL CULTURE STUDY SUGGESTS THAT PURIFIED EXTRACTS FROM WHOLE-PLANT MARIJUANA CAN SLOW THE GROWTH OF CANCER CELLS FROM ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS TYPES OF BRAIN TUMORS. RESEARCH IN MICE SHOWED THAT TREATMENT WITH PURIFIED EXTRACTS OF THC AND CBD, WHEN USED WITH RADIATION, INCREASED THE CANCER-KILLING EFFECTS OF THE RADIATION”