According to new research, teenagers who smoke cannabis every week face the risk of grave psychiatric problems and long-term cognitive issues.
Youngsters, between the age of 13 to 15, who smoke are prone to develop conditions like schizophrenia and also reduction of intelligence said lead researcher Asaf Keller.
Researchers at University of Maryland School of Medicine tested the brain activity of young mice. They exposed the mice to low levels of cannabis for 20 days.
With the results, they noticed strange “cortical oscillations” in their brains, which are crucial for certain cognitive functions. And are also weird in the brains of people with schizophrenia.
Since these oscillations develop in adolescence, the cannabis poses a serious risk to their functioning.
Cannabis also had effects on sensory functions and motor planning of the mice. Furthermore, these complications continued into their adulthood.
To confirm the findings, they conducted the same research on older mice as well but the results came out different. The results show that smoking cannabis effects only younger brains.
Check the research here: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov