Here are the effects of cannabis on our cognition, according to a new study.

Cannabis is one of the most popular herbs ever. Its usage dates all the way back to 400 Before the Common Era (B.C.E) and is highly in use today. Known as pot, kush, hemp, marijuana, and what else, it is suddenly becoming legal to prescribe or use in several countries in the world as we speak. Ever had a hit? Did you get high? Or how would you even describe its effects? Well…, new studies explain the effects of cannabis on your cognition and psychology. The catch?

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Cannabis On Your Mind

This isn’t the first massive study on cannabis use and its effects, and would certainly not be the last. In three recent studies published in the triad Journal of Psychopharmacology and Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers showed that cannabis can influence several cognitive and psychological processes. 

But before we talk about the effects, a quick crash course on what is inside cannabis. The main psychoactive compounds in cannabis that are responsible for the high sensation are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These react with your endocannabinoid system — special receptors which only respond to these chemicals found in cannabis.

These receptors are largely found in the prefrontal and limbic areas of the brain — responsible for reward and motivation. They help signal hormones such as dopamine (mainly involved with motivation, reward, and learning), gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), and glutamate (mainly involved with cognitive processes, including learning and memory).

Effects Of Cannabis Use On The Brain

According to the United Nations report Office on Drugs and Crime in 2018, approximately 192 million people worldwide aged between 15 and 64 used cannabis, recreationally. Roughly 35 percent of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 were using it more often, whereas only 10 percent of people over the age of 26 did so. What do these statistics say?

Well, this indicates that the main users are adolescents and young adults — whose brains are still undergoing developmental changes. Kinda! And the important takeaway is that they may be vulnerable to the cognitive effects of cannabis use.

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Written by: Nana Kwadwo, Mon, Apr 23, 2022.


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