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Q: How does marijuana affect the nervous system?

How do the effects of THC in marijuana smoking effect your nervous system? Does smoking this drug coat your spinal cord? 

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
10/17/11 5:11am

No, marijuana does not coat your spinal cord.  THC acts on cannabinoid receptors in areas of the brain involved in memory, concentration, perception and movement.  According to this article in ScienceDaily, the long-term effects of marijuana usage on the central nervous system are minimal, with only slight disturbances in the areas of learning and forgetting.  

Minimal Long-Term Effects of Marijuana Use Found in Central Nervous System by UCSD Researchers

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By Maggie23, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/10/14, First Published: 10/08/11