Long terms cannabis use damages memory: study

June 5th, 2008 - 10:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, June 5 (IANS) Long term dependence on a narcotic like cannabis causes psychotic symptoms and memory loss equivalent to that of a mild traumatic brain injury, according to a new study. The study, by University of Wollongong researchers, is the first to show that long-term cannabis use can adversely affect all users, even the young or those susceptible to mental illness.

The study used image analysis to demonstrate that key parts of the brain, like hippocampus and amygdala, thought to regulate memory and emotional processing, were significantly reduced in cannabis users compared to non-users.

The extent of reduction was an average of 12 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

According to lead researchers Murat Y

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