NETHERLANDS: It’s well-known that marijuana will get you high, but a lesser known side-effect is that it can alter our response to negative emotions and images.
A recent study has taken a look at the brain’s functioning in the presence of tetrahydrocannabinoid (THC) to understand how marijuana can affect the way we process emotions.
THC is the principal psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant.
The European Neuropsychopharmacology journal has published a study that has confirmed the positive effect of THC to negative stimuli.
The study, which was undertaken at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands, claims that THC activates the endocannabinoid system naturally found in the brain to alter our response to negative images or emotions.
With this discovery, the study argues that marijuana may now be touted as a cure to depression and other mental ilnesses.
The research tested a group of men who were active users of marijuana. To qualify they had to have taken the drug four times or more in a year but not more than once a week.