Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Actual potheads

Cannabis use during pregnancy may affect brain development in offspring

Compared with unexposed children, those who were prenatally exposed to
cannabis had a thicker prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain involved
in complex cognition, decision-making, and working memory. 
The study sounds pretty careful, too.  No one is sure how to interpret it, though.


John said...

Yes I saw that. Increases in pfc is typically a good thing. In many pathologies you see the exact opposite, both predisposing and pathologically so. Can't draw any conclusions from this result.

There is a longitudinal series of studies that looked at children over many years exposed to cannabis in utero. Canadian Medical Journal, circa turn of the century. Again though, IIRC, no clear indication of the implications.

John said...

This came up today. I've read the study, pretty much lines up with my ideas regarding THC inhibiting calcium influx and 5-Lox. It is why I think cannabinoids should be investigated for dementia treatments and have long argued that older people should at least think about hemp based foods, though this study is about THC CBD also have neuroprotective features including 5-lox inhibition. Incidentally the 5 lox inhibition is currently being explored as an anti tumour treatment.