SfN18: What are the neural risks and benefits of marijuana use? New studies shed light

Written by Zoe Campbell, Future Science Group

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the USA and its use is expected to rise as it becomes legalized in more places. Research presented at SfN Neuroscience (3–7 November, San Diego, CA, USA) has brought to light insights into not only the risks of marijuana use but also its potential use as a therapeutic. The findings presented by Maryland Psychiatric Resource Centre (BA, USA) have highlighted that prenatal exposure to THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinolin; the psychoactive compound in marijuana) may have long-lasting effects in the brain, ones that may impair cognitive function and increase risk of psychiatric disorders later...

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