Marijuana & Brain: Can Cannabis Cause Psychiatric Disorders? Neuroscientist Weighs In

By Benzinga Staff Writer, The Fresh Toast on

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Hurd then tackled the legal side of the story: “If we are going to arrest women for smoking cannabis, we should arrest most of society for the stress” in pregnant women. Cannabis In Adolescence  Dr. Hurd paid special attention to the age of consumers stressing that adolescence is a time of special sensitivity with the prefrontal cortex being the last part of the brain to fully mature in our early 20s. For that reason, this part of the brain can undergo structural changes in young people who consume marijuana, resembling the changes seen in stressful circumstances. THC Stronger Than Ever Hurd pointed out that what makes cannabis consumption more complicated now is the variability and strength of the plant.

“Today, we are seeing such high concentrations of THC in cannabis that it overpowers our endocannabinoids,” she said.

Many of Hurd’s concerns are in line with Dr. Nora Volkow, a psychiatrist and director of the National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA). Volka has said that although there’s no scientific proof that cannabis consumption is harmful when used occasionally and in moderate doses, she admitted to being worried that higher rates of consumption can produce “harmful effects even on the adult brain.” She also noted the risks marijuana usage poses for youth and pregnant women.

In the end, Dr. Hurd advised marijuana consumers to make sure that the cannabis they’re consuming does not have high THC content and does contain CBD.

“Do your homework on what you put in your body,” Hurd advised.


This article originally appeared on Benzinga and has been reposted with permission.

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