Marijuana produces an anti-inflammatory effect on the human brain.
Therefore, it is used as an additional therapeutic measure in patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.
As a result of the latest research on the functioning of Alzheimer’s brain vs. normal brain, it has been found out that the components of marijuana minimize the accumulation of toxic substances in excess amounts that may cause inflammation inside the brain and produce a destructive effect on the neurons.
This finding can become a real break-through in the development of medicines for Alzheimer’s disease, which would significantly slow down its progress and degenerative effects on the brain, not just mitigate the symptoms.
When it comes to the use of marijuana at a young age, the findings appear to be different.
In fact, its abuse by teenagers can provoke long-term or potentially irreversible negative changes in the brain.
What’s more, the use of cannabis at a young age may cause learning and memory difficulties later in one’s life.
Cognitive troubles were also observed, which is related to the functional changes that take place in the hippocampus after the use of cannabinoids.
Some studies also indicate that the use of marijuana may provoke changes in the reward system, which increases the probability that the person will also try other drugs such as heroin and similar substances.
All these effects majorly depend on how long and in what amounts marijuana is used.