Does cannabis damage the brain?
I’d like to present you with this excerpt from the MIT website:
“Government experts now admit that pot doesn’t kill brain cells. This myth came from a handful of animal experiments in which structural changes (not actual cell death, as is often alleged) were observed in brain cells of animals exposed to high doses of pot. Many critics still cite the notorious monkey studies of Dr. Robert G. Heath, which purported to find brain damage in three monkeys that had been heavily dosed with cannabis. This work was never replicated and has since been discredited by a pair of better controlled, much larger monkey studies, one by Dr. William Slikker of the National Center for Toxicological Research and the other by Charles Rebert and Gordon Pryor of SRI International. Neither found any evidence of physical alteration in the brains of monkeys exposed to daily doses of pot for up to a year. Human studies of heavy users in Jamaica and Costa Rica found no evidence of abnormalities in brain physiology. Even though there is no evidence that pot causes permanent brain damage, users should be aware that persistent deficits in short-term memory have been noted in chronic, heavy marijuana smokers after 6 to 12 weeks of abstinence. It is worth noting that other drugs, including alcohol, are known to cause brain damage.” Link to the full article: HERE
However, consumption method matters. You are more likely to cause damage to your brain from oxygen deprivation (ie. taking giant bong rips and holding them in) than from orally ingesting cannabis in the form of, say, a cookie. Please consume your cannabis safely and responsibly.
Researchers are a bit stumped on this one. Some studies have suggested a correlation between cannabis and lower IQ, but this argument has been refuted by more current studies that found no difference between consuming and non-consuming identical twins.
While it’s more questionable for teens and youngsters to consume the herb heavily, the plant has actually shown protective effects in the adult brain. Some pharmaceutical companies are exploring the neuroprotective properties of the herb, attempting to design cannabis-based drugs that can prevent and/or treat traumatic brain damage.
Want to learn more? Check out the full article here.