Yesterday, a study reported in Science Daily discovered receptors within the brain that are remarkably similar in structure and function to THC receptors; the receptors to which marijuana binds to modulate pain, eating, and cognitive functioning. Not only are these receptors critical for sound neuronal functioning, but activation of these receptors may benefit individuals with chronic pain, drug dependence, or metabolic disorders. For more studies pertinent to marijuana use, its effects on neuronal functioning, and implications for public health see the article. In the meantime, entrust Bob Dylan’s advice–“everybody must get stoned”– wait, our brains already are.
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