Weed may have a lot of medicinal benefits, but one thing that makes people wary of using it is its negative psychological effects. Fortunately, researchers have found a way to “switch off” these undesirable effects like paranoia, anxiety, memory defects, and mood swings.
“There has been a great deal of medical interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms at work in THC, so that the beneficial effects can be harnessed without the side effects,” said Peter McCormick from the University of East Anglia.
Because of this, researchers studied and identified two different mechanisms that control the medical and psychological effects of cannabis. Scientists found out that a single pathway in the brain triggered the negative psychological effects of the drug. This is separate from the pathway that triggers cannabis’ anti-cancer properties, since there is recent evidence that marijuana can slow down tumor growth in mice.
“THC acts through a family of cell receptors called cannabinoid receptors,” McCormick said. “Our previous research revealed which of these receptors are responsible for the anti-tumor effects of THC. This new research demonstrates how some of the drug’s beneficial effects can be separated from its unwanted side effects.”
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