Marijuana Causes Long-term Brain Changes

Now that marijuana has been approved for medical and recreational use in a few U.S. states, heated debates over its safety are swirling in the media.  Although marijuana doesn’t necessarily pose the same immediate, life-threatening dangers as alcohol, we have seen that chronic, long-term use does cause significant brain changes—chiefly, slowed activity in the frontal and temporal lobes; areas of the brain involved with focus, concentration, motivation, memory, learning, and mood stability. 

Dr. Kabran Chapek has witnessed this first-hand at our Amen Clinic Northwest in Washington State, where marijuana was legalized for medical use in 2012.

He says, “I’m not surprised when someone with anxiety tells me that they use marijuana or alcohol to help them sleep, or calm their nerves. It’s predictably people with over activity in their brains and problems like anxiety or PTSD who use sedating substances—we can see it on their SPECT scans.

The problem with marijuana is that it’s not selective.  Not only does it calm the parts of the brain that are overactive, it calms the entire brain—long-term—through a slow and insidious process.”

Some argue that marijuana is not addictive, but as this study demonstrates, it is a drug like any other.  Anything that makes us feel good—be it food, drugs, alcohol, exercise, gambling, or sex—causes a rewiring of the pleasure centers in the brain and intensifies cravings for it.

When someone stops using marijuana, significant irritability is common as the temporal lobes regain full functioning.  According to Dr. Chapek, one can expect to see improvements in motivation, concentration, and focus after abstaining for just 2-3 months.

Click here to find marijuana case studies from the Amen Clinics.

At the Amen Clinics, we can help you learn how to calm anxiety and overactive brain activity without causing long-term issues.  Call us today at 1-888-208-2057 or tell us more to schedule an appointment.

  • Zarayah Israel

    “slowed activity in the frontal and temporal lobes; areas of the brain involved with focus, concentration, motivation, memory, learning, and mood stability” so, you are willing to ignore what the brain changes are?

    • Michael

      I don’t trust the information. Cannabis doesn’t destroy anything. It’s one of the most wonderfully beneficial, safe, and effective drugs in existence.

      • BoldBeliver 1

        I feel so very sad for you. You are under an influence if you believe this garbage.

        They said this crap about the coca plant.

        No no. You are corrupted. I’m praying for your sanity

  • Alex

    I believe in much of what this study claims, but theres another face to this. i know “pot smokers” who are very successfull people in there professional life and at the same time very sensible towards there family and loved ones. Certainly theres brain damage and consecuenses from every kind of abuse or addiction, but i also think that every person has is own way of reacting towards a susbtance or experience. Not all pot heads are the same, to some it numbs them, makes them a couch potato and others get a lot of motivation and creativity from Marihuana.

    • BoldBeliver 1

      Satan is creative. Hitler creative. My step father was creative. Both very horribly corrupt

      True creativity and gifts come from our creator GOD. NOT flippin’ substances.

  • BoldBeliver 1

    Since I was a little girl I watched how POT SMOKING gradually destroyed families. Spirits can puppet anyone who is under an influence.

    Yes, one can be successful. Hitter was successful. Pharo, successful. Wicked people can be successful. But, do they have PEACE? Or is it COUNTERFEIT.

    TURNING TO SUBSTANCE INSTEAD OF GOD, that’s the true problem here

    I was RAPED by my parents POT DEALER. They were too “relaxed” to care and it happened in their home while they were there. They KNEW.

    I HATE THE USE OF RECREATIONAL DRUGS AND ALCOHOL.

    MY LINEAGE WAS DESTROYED BECAUSE OF STUPID CHOICES TO LISTEN TO PEOPLE TUAT LACK WISDOM.

  • BoldBeliver 1

    Before you JOIN the “bandwagon” and roll over on this subject …

    Remember this … YOU condoning this makes YOU partially responsible for your/our generation FAILING.

    It goes against what the word of God teaches. We are creating a generation of ZOMBIES by accepting this crap.

    If you want to choose corruption and voice your opinion a day will come when you meet the maker of all humanity.

    You voicing your opinion could either help his people or hinder them.

    Choose WISELY

  • BoldBeliver 1

    Praise God

  • BoldBeliver 1

    Praise God for TRUTH