You may be asking, “Does marijuana kill brain cells?” The simple answer is that we don’t know. There is not enough research on the subject to definitively conclude that marijuana does or does not cause neurons (cells in the brain responsible for relaying electrical signals that allow the brain to function) to erode. Still, there is a body of research on the effects that marijuana has on the brain both in the short-term and long-term.
How Does Smoking Weed Effect the Brain?
Like the naturally occurring endocannabinoids found in the human body and cannabinoids themselves, they bind to the brain’s same receptors. The central nervous system contains CB 1 and CB 2 receptors. After binding, the body experiences effects. The positive effects of CB 1 and 2 receptors include a higher metabolism, better sleep patterns, mood enhancement, and possible anxiety relief.
Although it is not true to say marijuana kills brain cells, it does cause brain damage. The brain is affected by marijuana, and the way we perceive reality. The severity of brain damage will depend on the individual’s age, use frequency, amount of marijuana consumed, mental stability, and general health.
You can find more detailed information in this related reading: Long Term Cognitive Effects of Marijuana Use
Are Brain Cells Damaged by Eating Edibles?
Edibles is the term used to describe foods like cookies, brownies, candy, etc. that have had weed cooked into the fat content. THC is lipid soluble and is absorbed through the stomach when edibles are consumed. There is no evidence that edibles do any more or less damage to the brain than marijuana that is smoked. This method of ingestion is preferred by many people because it takes longer for the effects to kick in, but they last longer.
Is Memory Loss Caused by Weed?
People who smoke or use marijuana regularly may experience short-term memory loss. A side effect of marijuana abuse and misuse is cognitive decline. Memory loss isn’t the only side effect. These are some side effects of long-term drug use.
- Lower IQ
- Appetite increases
- Motivational issues
- Inadequate coordination
- Reality perception altered
- Physical dependency
- Could cause birth defects and complications
- Worsened symptoms of mental health disorders
- The brain shrinks when you use weed (gray matter volume).
While much of the cognitive decline that is caused by regular marijuana use is temporary, there is research to suggest that there are long term effects as well. If you or a loved are concerned that marijuana use is impacting your physical or mental health, it may be time to consider quitting. All In Solutions is here to help people overcome substance abuse with flexible programs and all levels of care. Reach out today if you have any questions regarding drug use, addiction, or substance use disorder treatment.
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