Expert warns cannabis use could increase the risk of psychiatric disorders 

Expert warns cannabis use could increase the risk of psychiatric disorders 
Expert warns cannabis use could increase the risk of psychiatric disorders 

Use of cannabis has become a main-stay in the life of many young Americans, but one top expert is warning the drug could carry more risks than they believe.

Last week, on the colloquial 'weed day' in America, April 20th, or 4/20, Dr Yasmin Hurd, a top neuroscientist at Mount Sinai in New York City, warned that many younger users may be underestimating the potential long-term effects of the drug.

She warns that the 'high' produced by the drug alters a person's brain chemistry and could even potentially put them at risk of developing severe psychiatric issues down the line. 

Sales of the drug in America has surged in recent years, as it slowly gains legalization from individual states, and pressure mounts on the federal government to lift restrictions.

Cannabis is slowly gaining legalization in America, with use being allowed in some form in all but six U.S. states

Cannabis is slowly gaining legalization in America, with use being allowed in some form in all but six U.S. states

'Cannabis contains over 500 chemicals, including over 140 cannabinoids that have a greater or lesser degree of psycho-pharmacological activity,' Hurd explained at a Harvard neuroscience conference.

She explained that cannabinoids in tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC as it is often known as, the chemical in the drug that causes the high, interacts with endocannabinoids in the brain.

Dr Yasmin Hurd, a top neuroscientist at Mount Sinai, told a Harvard conference that if marijuana was benign, no one would be using it to get high

Dr Yasmin Hurd, a top neuroscientist at Mount Sinai, told a Harvard conference that if marijuana was benign, no one would be using it to get high

Endocannabinoids are responsible for determining the way that cells in the brain interact with one-another.

The cannabinoids in THC interact with, and alter, the receptors that configure those interactions, which is

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