Yet in another study to illuminate the effects of marijuana on adolescents, an Indiana University found out that CBD could counteract risks culminating from high levels of THC.
Using mice as test subjects, the study suggested that adolescent humans could suffer from high levels of THC – the psychoactive component in marijuana, which gives the “high” – but can be calmed by the presence of the cannabidiol CBD in cannabis, which can counteract the “stoned” feeling, the local CNHI reported.
“We found a variety of adverse effects of THC when given (to mice) during the adolescent period that we didn’t see when given as adults, suggesting that you have this sort of vulnerable period during adolescence,” said Ken Mackie, the lead author of the study.
Mackie is a professor at the IU College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.
The study found that CBD appears to protect against the long-term negative effects of THC. Other previous studies have shown that the THC-associated psychiatric and neurological risks include increased the risk of schizophrenia for people, who start using cannabis at a much younger age.
“One interpretation of our study is that it’s not good for kids to smoke cannabis, but if they are going to smoke cannabis perhaps they should be smoking cannabis that has high CBD.”
He also said the use of CBD oil to diminish the pain of epileptic seizures is something already used for sufferers of epilepsy.
Studies on the use of marijuana by teens are conflicting, with some saying that early use of cannabis could lower IQ levels.
Also, more and more studies are trying their best to fully understand marijuana as the cannabis legalization trend is not only growing in the United States but also internationally.
The study could help states, which are legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, by suggesting to put labels, indicating the percentage of THC and CBD.