Heavy Marijuana Use May Severely Damage The Brain: Study

Posted: Sep 27 2016, 9:34am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Heavy Marijuana Use May Severely Damage the Brain: Study
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  • Study Finds That Marijuana Use May Cause Brain Damage

A study conducted on a man led researchers to believe that constant marijuana use could lead to brain damage.

In a review study conducted on marijuana use, it was concluded that constant marijuana use may lead to brain damage. Dr. Suzanne M. de la Monte, a professor of neurosurgery at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, who co-authored the review contributed further by giving the case of a 52 years old man who had died in a car accident.

The man died from the injuries he sustained during the accident. It was revealed that the man had smoked marijuana prior to stepping out on the road. It was believed that the drug had caused him to lose touch with reality.

In an analysis of his brain, severe brain damage was revealed. The damage was attributed to the man’s heavy marijuana use for over two decade before his death. Dr. de la Monte called the damages “horrible degenerative changes“.

According to LiveScience, the doctors said that they did not know the quantity of marijuana the man had used but blood tests from his previous trips to the hospital revealed that the man had high levels of toxins in his blood frequent with marijuana use.

The man whose case was described in the review had experienced several episodes of behavior that indicated he had lost touch with reality, the study said.

The family of the deceased admitted that the man was heavy handed in his use of the drug. The researchers also said that people who use marijuana less may not face the same brain damage.

The researchers wrote in their review however that they were all decided on the finding that chronic, heavy marijuana use may cause cognitive impairment and brain damage. The researchers also showed concern for younger and developing marijuana users.

The study was published in the journal Pediatric Neurology.

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