If you rely on your brain for school and work, you ought to know these four lesser consequences of smoking your favourite plant.
Cannabis contains chemicals called cannabinoids that act on receptors in the brain that affect pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, appetite, and coordination. There are also naturally-occurring cannabinoids in the brain called endocannabinoids that act on the same receptors. The primary active chemical responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Here are four surprising ways that THC and other cannabinoids can have a lasting effect on your brain, according to experts.
Smoking weed can impair memory, attention, and concentration. Impairment in memory occurs because cannabis alters how information is processed in the hippocampus, which is an area of the brain responsible for memory formation. Marijuanas impact is believed to be cumulative, influencing the structures associated with concentration, memory, response time, and thought.
2) The Brain’s Reward System
Daily cannabis use might disrupt the reward system’s proper function, perhaps making cannabis more pleasurable than other desirable activities, or making it difficult to practice delayed gratificationputting will and work before pleasure.
3) Emotional Regulation
Although some people use cannabis to reduce the symptoms of a mood disorder, it can also induce anxious and depressive symptoms.
4) Neural “Noise”
Marijuana use can cause or exacerbate symptoms like paranoia or hallucinations. THC can increase random neural activity in the brain, also known as “neural noise.” Researchers suspect that the paranoia or hallucinations experienced after smoking weed may cause this neural activity.
So while many effects of cannabis are favourable, these are some of the possible effects marijuana can have on the brain.