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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Effects of Cannabis on Adolescent Brain

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Health-Net: Although it has some benefits, marijuana (Cannabis) is considered as a type of narcotic that can make users addicted, experience hallucinations, euphoria effects, lazy, and slow.

The effect of cannabis use could be worse for teenagers who are still in growth phase. A study was conducted by a team from the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, to determine the physiological effects of cannabis use in adolescents.

The study, published in The British Journal of Psychiatry is to analyze the mental function of 100 users who consume cannabis on a regular basis for 10 years and 50 respondents who are not users of marijuana.

They found that 49 people who start taking cannabis user since the age of 15 years have control impulsivity and poorer cognitive function. In the card sorting test, they make more mistakes. This compares with 55 respondents, late start smoking marijuana, and 44 respondents who are not users of marijuana.

Those who use marijuana as a teenager to have poorer cognitive function. That is because, in adolescence the brain is in a very vulnerable period of the neurotoxin effects of cannabis, said head researcher Dr. Maria Fontes, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Use of marijuana as a teenager can lead to mental decline in cognitive function and which is bad for users. According to Dr. Maria, the brain at the age of 15 years is still growing and maturing in period so that the use of marijuana would be very dangerous.

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