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Scientists warn of marijuana's effects on the fetus

Featured Scientists warn of marijuana's effects on the fetus
Washington, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) In the midst of the debate about the effects of marijuana use, scientists today warn that its use affects the fetus in its future learning process, memory and mood.
According to a study by Duke University in the United States, marijuana use in men alters their sperm and causes brain abnormalities in their fetuses.

Sperm undergo what are known as epigenetic changes: genes that would normally be activated during fetal brain development are inhibited and communication between fetal brain cells is diminished.

Among the considerable consequences are the effects on the reward mechanism, explains the research.

These brain abnormalities are similar to changes that occur in newborns whose mothers were exposed to pesticides or tobacco smoke during pregnancy.

The researchers showed that marijuana use by fathers, not just mothers, can have an impact on the health of their children, even when use is before conception.

According to other publications, the most important effects of marijuana are on the brain, heart, cardiovascular system, and lungs.

In addition to euphoria, the individual normally experiences a sense of relaxation, drowsiness, and disturbances in the sexual sphere; he loses proper perception of time, experiences hunger, and withdraws from social relationships.

Problems with short-term memory appear and the individual has difficulty in performing complex tasks.


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