The effects of THC on the developing postnatal hippocampus
Cannabis has recently gained attention in the public’s political debate due to its medical potential, legalization and new ways of consumption. While cannabis use in adults is considered to be safe, new clinical reports are published on its toxicity and its involvement in newly described diseases, such as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (HES). It is particularly notable that cannabis consumption during pregnancy changes the embryonic brain leading to problems with learning and memory persisting into the adulthood of affected offspring. However, if cannabis exposure through recreational use, or when used as medication, during childhood and adolescence can affect brain function is currently unknown.
Released at: 09.11.2020, written by Alexandra Tilscher