CBD May Counteract These Negative THC Side Effects

Researchers from Indiana University discovered something about THC-induced problems: CBD may counteract these negative THC side effects.

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.

The Study

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 Results

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.

When it came to the elevated plus maze test, the mice who received THC as adolescents and those who received it during adulthood both had delayed increases of stress and anxiety.

But the mice who had chronic THC injections during adolescence displayed more compulsive and repetitive behaviors in the Nestlet shredding test.

By contrast, the concurrent injections of THC and CBD prevented the negative side effects that the THC-only group displayed. The mice who were injected with just CBD were not influenced in any way.

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.

These abnormalities are common in patients with disorders such as schizophrenia. However, the CBD curbed all abnormalities induced by THC.

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.

According to research, the level of THC in weed has jumped 300% from the years 1995 to 2014. While not all teenagers smoke weed, many do. It’s practically a rite of passage.

But now that we know that CBD may counteract these negative THC side effects, cannabis-smoking teens can start to make more informed decisions about their health and well-being.

" Chloe Harper Gold : Chloé Harper Gold is a writer in New York City. In addition to cannabis, she is passionate about horror, science fiction, and feminism. You can find more of her writing on Horror Film Central, Feministing, and Twitter.."