Scientists for a long time studying marijuana and its properties. About sedative effect has long been known, but its mechanisms until the last days were a mystery. So, the secret of the centuries has now been discovered. The study is published in the scientific journal Neuron.
A research group from Vanderbilt University found the structure of the brain responsible for emotions. The nucleus of the amygdala determines a large part of the spectrum of emotions. Also in this area are the receptors cannabinoids, the main target of marijuana.
The study opened and another interesting fact. It turns out that the body of animals and humans may independently develop similar cannabioids. However, this happens only in stressful situations.
Today, scientists plan to study the mechanism of action of marijuana at the cellular level. For this nucleus, the amygdala will undergo a thorough study.