cannabis effect on brain.
Cannabis Chemicals change how a person
sees, hears, smells, tastes, n feels things. When someone uses marijuana,
chemicals travel through the bloodstream n quickly attach to special places
on the brain’s nerve
cells: the receptors who receive information from other nerve cells and
from chemicals. When a receptor receives information, it causes changes
in the nerve cell.
Active chemical: THC TetraHydroCannabinol
The chemical in marijuana that has a big impact on the brain is
called THC — tetrahydrocannabinol. Some areas of the
brain have a lot of THC receptors, while others have very few or none.
This helps researchers figure out exactly how THC works in the brain.
THC affects memory
One region of the brain that contains a lot of THC receptors
is the hippocampus, which processes memory. When THC
attaches to receptors in the hippocampus, it weakens short-term
The hippocampus also communicates with other brain regions that process
new information into long-term memory. In the brain, under the influence
of cannabis, new information may never register – and
may be lost from memory.
THC influences emotions
In some people, cannabis can cause uncontrollable laughter
one minute n paranoia the next. That’s because THC also
influences emotions, probably by acting on a brain region called
the limbic system. THC can make something as simple as driving a car really dangerous.
THC medical applications
Some of THC’s effects are useful in the world of medicine — like
preventing nausea and blocking pain. The trick is for
scientists to get these results without the harmful effects.
Researchers recently found out the brain makes a chemical — anandamide
— that attaches to the same receptors as THC. This discovery may lead
to the development of medications that are chemically similar to THC but
less harmful, and they may be used for treating nausea and pain.