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The ways Marijuana may affect our brain

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Marijuana has a reputation as an exceptionally innocent drug. However, researchers are still busy learning the effects it may have at the mind. Some of the possible effects of marijuana on our brain include a multiplied threat of psychosis, changes in the mind’s reward framework and the mixed neuron flags that may underlie “the munchies”.

From all the effects related to marijuana mentioned above the biggest risk related to the use of marijuana is the increased risk of psychosis. And researches also say that the teenagers who use marijuana have a high risk of an IQ drop. So it is safe to say that the people who smoke marijuana in their adult life have many chances in the reduction of their IQ in their later life.

The possible effects of marijuana on the brain are as under:

Increased risk of Psychosis

Psychosis is a mental disorder. It applies to the symptoms that involve losing contact with the external world. Many types of researches have linked the use of marijuana with increased risk of psychosis.

They have drawn a conclusion that people in the study who have used the maximum marijuana were much more likely to be identified with a psychotic mental-health condition. As compared to those who had by no means used marijuana.

IQ level

Adults who smoke marijuana are more likely to experience an IQ drop later in their lives. In New Zealand IQ test of 10,000 people had taken twice. Once when they were a teenager and then again when they were 38 years old. The research shows that 5 percent of the people smoked marijuana when they were adult. And it turned out that the people who use to smoke marijuana four times a week had an IQ drop of 8 points.

Brain size

Researchers say that people who smoke marijuana have an effect on their brain size. Researchers looked at 48 adults who smoked marijuana at least four times a day for eight to nine years. And they also looked at 62 who didn’t smoke marijuana. They have concluded that the people who had been smoking marijuana daily for at least four years had a smaller matter of orbitofrontal cortex in their brain region.

Noisy Neurons

THC — weed’s fundamental psychoactive compound — may expand the dimension of “neural noise,” or irregular neural action in the cerebrum.

Researchers found that the general population has indicated more dimensions of neural noise after they got the THC. The results had shown less level of neural noise after they took the placebo.

Munchies and brain

Marijuana may influence certain neurons in the mind. The neurons that are regularly in charge of suppressing hunger. This impact may clarify why individuals frequently get exceptionally hungry after smoking marijuana.

The researchers expected that the neurons that normally suppress craving would be killed by their efforts to stimulate the rodents’ appetites. Yet, as opposed to their desires, it worked out that those neurons were actually initiated because they had switched to releasing chemicals that promote hunger.

This article concludes that marijuana has severe effects on brain.

 

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Cannabolish, a liquid vapor to absorb and remove bad odor from air

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The first ever licensed cannabis restaurant, Lowell’s Original Cannabis Cafe, is a top destination in Los Angeles and to minimize the smoke, they use an air purifier that keeps the odor in and around the restaurant away. Cannabolish is a liquid vapor that is used in the cafe which keeps the smoke away.

Cannabolish addresses scents by using a science-based formula to absorb and remove odors without using toxic ingredients. Because the vapor bonds to the odor molecules, the spray neutralizes scents emitted from the cafe, rather than simply masking them. The owner believes in being good neighbors and uses safe and effective methods to solve cannabis scent concern. Lily Estanislao, General Manager of Lowell Cafe said  “We chose a commercial-grade system that utilizes Cannabolish because it completely eliminates odors and is non-toxic for people and pets in the area.”

According to Dr. Laura Haupert, other places that allow smoking use carbon filters, which are less effective, more expensive, and require time-intensive installation and maintenance. She is the Director of Research and Development at OMI Industries, the parent company of Cannabolish. She further commented, “Cannabolish’s patented formula is unique because it completely removes odors and can be used safely both indoors and out. We’re proud to partner with Lowell Cafe to help them provide an enjoyable experience for customers and neighbors.”

Cannabolish is a science based blend that is safe, biodegradable, and eliminates and absorbs cannabis and tobacco odors. Cannabolish’s parent company has nearly 30 years of experience creating products that safely remove odors across a variety of industrial, commercial, and consumer markets. Cannabolish is available in over 1,000 retail locations across the U.S. and Canada, including Amazon, Bed, Bath & Beyond, MedMen, LivWell and London Drugs.

Cannabolish is available for personal use. Sprays and candles can be purchased at Cannabolish.com

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Misuse of Marijuana among teens in legal states, Research finds

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A new research, conducted by the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health found out that misuse of cannabis among teens and adults doubled after legalization of recreational use of cannabis. The study was conducted in JAMA Psychiatry on both use and abuse of cannabis. Many states have legalized marijuana for recreational and medicinal use.

The researchers found that misuse of cannabis among teens aged 12-17 was 25% higher in comparison to states without legalization of recreational use. Frequent use increased by 23%, while problematic use increased by 37%. There was no difference found in frequent or problematic use among people aged 18-25.

The study’s main author Magdelena Cerda said that there are many benefits of legalizing cannabis use. He suggested  “Our findings suggest that as more states move toward legalizing marijuana for recreational use, we also need to think about investing in substance use prevention and treatment to prevent unintended harms—particularly among adolescents.”

Cerda and colleagues analyzed data from the first 4 states to legalize recreational use of marijuana before and after legalization. They compared the results and examined the use and misuse in the past month and over the past year. The respondents were classified by symptoms based DSM-IV criteria.

Silvia S. Martins, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and senior author of this study said that prolonged use of cannabis in early age can lead to long term consequences on health. The researchers also conducted a sensitivity analysis as higher potency cannabis products are available in the illegal market. It was concluded that more research needs to be done. Silvia S. Martins explained “Given our findings on problematic use across age groups, legalization efforts should coincide with prevention and treatment. The general public should be informed about both benefits and potential harms of marijuana products to make informed decisions.”

 

There were limitations in conducting this study. The first one being that not all the people who use marijuana came forward. The second being frequent use of cannabis and use disorders are only 2 aspects. According to Cerda and colleagues, further research should be conducted to find THC potency in marijuana products and a more comprehensive assessment should be done.

Cerda and Martin’s team of researchers include other highly qualified people Christine Mauro, Ava HamiltonNatalie S. Levy, Julian Santaella-Tenorio, Deborah Hasin, Melanie M. Wall,  and Katherine M. Keyes.

Funding for the study was provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse grant.

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Medical Cannabis Brand Aphria bags Top Canadian Cannabis Award

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Aphria, all of their medical and recreational brands, as well as Broken Coast Cannabis named Head Grower were recognized at the 6th Annual Canadian Cannabis Awards hosted by Lift & Co.

A panel of experts awarded Broken Coast’s Head Grower Kevin Anderson ‘Master Grower’ and Aphria’s Solei’s CBN Renew Oil ‘Innovation of the year’ title. The company won 7 awards in total. With the vote of over 31000 Canadians, the adult use brands Solei, RIFF, Good Supply, Broken Coast, and the medical brand Aphria received top honours in each category.

Aphria Inc. is a leading global cannabis company headquartered in Leamington, Ontario. It has been setting the standard for the low-cost production of high-quality cannabis at scale, grown in the most natural conditions possible. They focus on introducing latest technologies and innovation to the global cannabis market. Aphria Inc. drives sustainable long-term shareholder value through a diversified approach to innovation, strategic partnerships and global expansion, with a presence in more than 10 countries across 5 continents.

Irwin D.Simon said: “We are thrilled to have not only all five of our brands across our medical and recreational portfolios – Solei, RIFF, Good Supply, Broken Coast and Aphria – recognized by thousands of Canadians but to have our Solei Renew CBN oil win ‘Innovation of the Year’. These awards speak to the quality of our products and strength of our brands, as well as our commitment to innovation and continuously setting the bar higher to deliver products we believe meet the needs of our patients and consumers.”

Simon further showed his appreciation and gratitude to the hard work of Kevin Anderson who is a Head Grower at Broken Coast honoured. “Broken Coast’s superior craft quality is just one reason why it continues to receive accolades and remains one of the most sought-after brands on the market; another key factor is Kevin’s expertise, leadership and direction. We congratulate Kevin, and the teams in British Columbia and Ontario for the award-winning work they continue to deliver. Aphria’s success will continue to be driven by our incredible employees, and compelling and differentiated portfolio of brands and products.”

The company won 2 awards in the ‘Judged Category’
Innovation of the Year – Solei Renew CBN Oil by Aphria

‘Top Master Grower’ – Kevin Anderson, Head Grower, Broken Coast Cannabis
In the ‘Consumers’ Choice’ category, the honours achieved by all five of the Company’s brands are as follows:
Top Hybrid Flower – Ruxton (Sour OG) by Broken Coast Cannabis
Top High CBD Bottled Oil – CBD 25:1 Oil by Aphria
Top Sativa Dominant Pre-roll – Jean Guy Pre-roll by Good Supply
Top Indica Dominant Pre-roll – Subway Scientist Pre-roll by RIFF
Top Hybrid Pre-roll – Sense Pre-roll by Solei

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