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Published on 15/02/2020 3:18 | Source: ANI

Study links genetics to cannabis dependence in adolescent females

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New Delhi :

A study conducted on mice by a team of researchers has identified important implications for understanding the influence of genetics on cannabis dependence in adolescent females. The brain's endocannabinoid system regulates the activity of cannabinoids that are normally produced by the body to influence brain development and regulate mood, as well as those from external sources, such as the psychoactive ingredient THC, also known as D9-tetrahydrocannabinol, which is found in cannabis. An enzyme called fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) breaks down a cannabinoid called anandamide that is naturally found in the brain and is most closely related to THC, helping to remove it from circulation.