'Marijuana Health News': Cannabis Increases the Noise in Your Brain

Dec 06, 2015 11:53 PM EST | By abbie uychiat


It's already been a known fact that marijuana can work wonders in the medical world. It may be legalized in numerous states but it's effectivity and side effects are still being questioned. As per Science Daily , it may have medical benefits; it does however increase the 'noise in the brain.' The website then added that it produces 'psychosis like effects' which is similar to those individuals suffering from schizophrenia.

Numerous studies done previously came into conclusion that " ∆9-THC increases random neural activity, termed neural noise, in the brains of healthy human subjects. " As per the study's results, chemical substances present in marijuana are said to increase 'neutral noises' which tigers psychosis like effects in the brain.

A Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, the senior author of the study Dr. Deepak Cyril D'Souza cited that some individuals could get psychosis like symptoms with only a half joint consumption.

"At doses roughly equivalent to half or a single joint, ∆9-THC produced psychosis-like effects and increased neural noise in humans,"

The first author of the study, Dr Jose Cortes-Briones who is a Postdoctoral Associate in Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine stated that:

"The dose-dependent and strong positive relationship between these two findings suggest that the psychosis-like effects of cannabis may be related to neural noise which disrupts the brain's normal information processing,"

Dr. John Krystal, Editor of Biological Psychiatry then added that:

"This interesting study suggests a commonality between the effects on the brain of the major active ingredient in marijuana and symptoms of schizophrenia, the impairment of cortical function by ∆9-THC could underlie some of the cognitive effects of marijuana. Not only does this finding aid our understanding of the processes underlying psychosis, it underscores an important concern in the debate surrounding medical and legalized access to marijuana."

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