Smok­ing Pot Can Af­fect Your Brain

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Wash­ing­ton: Smok­ing cannabis does have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on the brain, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study. The drug com­pro­mises the re­lease of dopamine, a chem­i­cal that is in­te­gral to the brain’s re­ward sys­tem, in ar­eas of the brain linked to learn­ing and mem­ory. Lead author Anissa Abi-Dargham, from Columbia Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter, said that the bot­tom line is that long-term, heavy cannabis use may im­pair the dopamin­er­gic sys­tem, which could have a va­ri­ety of neg­a­tive ef­fects on learn­ing and be­hav­iour. The re­search is pub­lished in the jour­nal Molec­u­lar Psy­chi­a­try. ANI

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