A recently published study about various THC-induced issues shows that CBD may counteract these negative THC side effects. The research was conducted on adolescent and young adult mice in a controlled lab setting. The results of the study could prove groundbreaking and may help empower teenagers to make informed decisions about their health.
A group of researchers from Indiana University Bloomington conducted this study using male mice.
They administered daily injections of three milligrams of THC per kilogram of body weight in one group of mice. Another group received CBD (3mg/g), and a third group was given a combination of THC and CBD (3mg/kg of each). The last group was left undisturbed (the control group).
The researchers administered the injections during the mice’s adolescence. For a mouse, this means 28-48 days after birth. Another grouping of mice received the same treatments, but this time in early adulthood. In mouse years, this is 69-89 days after birth.
The mice completed an assortment of tests. They were first tested a day after treatment, and then again 42 days after treatment stopped. The tests included novel object recognition, open field, marble burying, an elevated plus maze, and Nestlet shredding.
The mice who received daily injections of just THC during adolescence displayed both immediate and long-term impairments that were apparent during the novel object recognition tests.
The mice who received the injections during adulthood only displayed immediate impairment during the novel object recognition tests.
But the mice who had chronic THC injections during adolescence displayed more compulsive and repetitive behaviors in the Nestlet shredding test.
Final Hit: CBD May Counteract These Negative THC Side Effects
From the results of the study, the researchers concluded that chronic exposure to high levels of THC is bad for teenagers.
According to the researchers, the data support the hypothesis that chronic THC use in adolescents increases the risk of behavioral abnormalities.
This new study is interesting, especially since it is specifically about adolescents. While we already know that smoking weed doesn’t lower IQ in teens, this study addresses other cognitive and behavioral issues. Specifically, ones that revolve around mental health.