Even Small Doses of Synthetic Cannabinoids Can Impair Brain Function

by Iswarya on  March 20, 2019 at 11:28 AM Research News
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Inhaled doses of as small as 2 mg of the synthetic cannabinoid JWH-018 can significantly reduce critical thinking and memory, slow response times, and raise confusion and dissociation reports a new study. The findings of the study are published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.
Even Small Doses of Synthetic Cannabinoids Can Impair Brain Function
Even Small Doses of Synthetic Cannabinoids Can Impair Brain Function

Seventeen healthy participants inhaled the vapor of JWH-018 in doses ranging from 2-6.2 mg.

The article entitled "Neurocognition and Subjective Experience Following Acute Doses of the Synthetic Cannabinoid JWH-018: Responders Versus Nonresponders" describes the highly variable subjective intoxication of the participants.

Coauthors Eef Theunissen, Nadia Hutten, Natasha Mason, Kim Kuypers, and Johannes Ramaekers, Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and Stefan Toennes, Goethe University of Frankfurt (Germany), concluded that the serious adverse effects seen in overdose cases are the result of either higher doses or mixtures of synthetic cannabinoids.

"This is incredibly important as it is the first controlled human laboratory study of synthetic cannabinoids that have been found in illicit drug products such as Spice and K2," says Associate Editor Dr. Ryan Vandrey, John Hopkins School of Medicine.

"Demonstrating safety and providing initial dose-effects on key outcomes will hopefully inspire additional research in this area."

Source: Eurekalert

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