6 Shocking Ways Weed Can Affect Your Brain

Most people know that smoking marijuana can make you feel spaced out or trigger the need for some munchies, but it also can have some other, lesser obvious consequences on your mind as well. There are a number of shocking ways weed can affect you and your brain, and these changes might not be side effects you have heard before. Although marijuana can have medical benefits, it’s also important to be aware of the different ways it can impact your brain.

Cannabis contains chemicals called cannabinoids that act on receptors in the brain that affect pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, appetite, and coordination,” Dr. Larissa Mooney, Medical Director at CAST Centers, tells Bustle. “There are also naturally-occurring cannabinoids in the brain called endocannabinoids that act on the same receptors. The primary active

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