Jan 16, 2018 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

Low-Dosage Of Cannabis THC Relieves Stress, But Smoking More Dosage Increases Anxiety Levels

Jun 04, 2017 02:19 AM EDT

Marijuana is known to be legal in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, California, Maine and Massachusetts. However, some smokers aren’t aware that low and high THC dosage is considered important in smoking cannabis as it affects stress levels in an individual.

According to Mail Online, tetrahydrocannabinol or best known as THC, is a compound that makes people puffing cannabis feel high. A study conducted by researchers from Chicago showed that low dosage of THC in cannabis indeed relieves stress in young people. However, anxiety levels of an individual increase when a high dosage of the compound is used.

The Chicago researchers then involved 42 healthy individuals with ages 18 to 40 years old and separated them into three groups. The first batch was given THC capsules which are equivalent to a couple of puffs (7.5 milligrams). Meanwhile, the other two groups were given an equivalent to a couple of puffs (12.5 milligrams) and a placebo (no THC), respectively.

"We found that THC at low doses reduced stress, while higher doses had the opposite effect, underscoring the importance of dose when it comes to THC and its effects. We didn't want to include a much larger dose because we wanted to avoid potential adverse effects or cardiovascular effects that can result from higher doses of THC,” Emma Childs, associate professor of psychiatry in the UIC College of Medicine and lead study author said in a statement.

On the contrary, New Scientist reported that low dosage of THC in cannabis has the reverse effect on the elderly as it relieves stress in young adults. Andreas Zimmer of the University of Bonn, Germany and lead author of the study noted that the results were conducted in an experiment that they did in lab mice.

Nonetheless, the study concluded that THC effect in the elderly reverses brain aging and restores learning and memory. The team found out that the THC affects the brain cells in the hippocampus, which is involved in memory formation. Zimmer concluded that the results are profound and was repeated many times to ensure the credibility of the THC effect in elderly. Upcoming human trials were said to be planned by Zimmer’s team.

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