Our brains may be as different as our outward appearance.
Love it or hate it, the use of marijuana is quickly becoming legal in many places.
Scientists have yet to unravel many of the secrets of the cannabis plant. They do know that using it (pot) at a young age can increase your chances of developing certain brain disorders, and that it can be an effective painkiller, for some.
Now there’s this: cannabis affects the female and male brain in different ways.
A new review of animal studies published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience gets into the details. It’s been found that men are up to 4 times more likely to try pot, compared with women, (which isn’t a surprising finding if you look at who has been lining up to buy the product in some areas) .
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Men also more apt to use higher doses, and to do so more frequently. Why? It all has to do with the sex hormones, and the natural sex steroids present in men. Things like testosterone increase risk-taking behavior and suppress the brain’s reward system. Hence, more male drug users.
But women have their own unusual traits, when it comes to this drug. Females are said to be more vulnerable at a neurochemical level to developing a cannabis addiction.
These facts are likely just the tip of the iceberg, and are paving the way to a deeper understanding of how cannabinoids interact with our brains. Researchers are hoping the findings will help the medical field approach problem-pot use, and also medical solutions using the drug, in the future.