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3 Ways Marijuana Affects the Brain

Marijuana in its organic state is a natural medicinal treatment that people use for a myriad of different ailments. You will hear people declare that marijuana, also known as cannabis, is not addictive because of its agrestic development. Addiction in any form affects the brain in a few different ways starting with the brain’s reward system and then moving on to how it impacts the brain with a full-fledged addiction.

Cannabis contains approximately 60 different cannabinoids that act on the brain. Cannabinoids is a class of diverse chemical compounds that affect the receptors in the brain. One of the main cannabinoids that is responsible for the euphoric high that marijuana is known for is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). When THC Is exposed to air, it minimizes into a cannabinol that has its own psychological effects.THC resembles another chemical in the brain called, anandamide that is in charge of regulating a person’s mood, memory, and response to basic necessities, such food and sleep.

Builds a tolerance.

Over time just like most things that are used in abundance, a tolerance gets built up that makes it necessary to consume more and more to create the same effect that THC produces. When brain cells get too much of THC, the cannabinoid receptors in the brain will downregulate due to the decrease in receptors.

Counteracts psychotic disorders.

There has been some evidence found that shows that certain mental health disorders can actually make anxiety and depression much worse in people with predisposed conditions. Individuals with schizoaffective disorder, for instance, have been diagnosed to have a bad reaction to psychoactive marijuana.

Impairs memory formation.

Short term memory has been known to lack when consuming cannabis, especially in teens. Attention and impetuosity are affected due to changes that take place in the subcortical part of the brain. This part of the brain, also called the white matter due to the white tissue and capillaries that it is made of, is instrumental in having the ability to learn and remember. How early and frequent marijuana is consumed dictates how much the brain can be affected.

Although marijuana can be produced in green pastures, the fallout on the brain may be harmful to an addict. Organic drugs are still that – drugs.

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