11/6/2018 Science X staff Medical Xpress   Share to Facebook  Share on Google+  

New insights into the neural risks and benefits of marijuana use


New insights into the neural risks and benefits of marijuana useResearch released today underscores both the dangers and the therapeutic promise of marijuana, revealing different effects across the lifespan. Marijuana exposure in the womb or during adolescence may disrupt learning and memory, damage communication between brain regions, and disturb levels of key neurotransmitters and metabolites in the brain. In Alzheimer's disease, however, compounds found in marijuana, such as the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), may improve memory



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