Does marijuana really relieve pain? Here’s what anesthesiologists say.
Marijuana is made from the dried flowers of the cannabis plant. Made of more than 500 chemicals, including over 100 compounds called cannabinoids, the primary active compounds in the plant are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC acts on specific brain cell receptors that react to natural chemicals that play a role in normal brain development and function. These natural chemicals impact the formation of brain circuits that are important for decision making, mood and responding to stress. THC is primarily responsible for the “high” associated with marijuana use and for other mental health effects such as altered senses (seeing bright colors); altered mood, including hallucinations; and even psychoses at higher doses.
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