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Marijuana chemical and synthetic cannabinoid could trigger seizures

Several studies suggested that marijuana may effective for reducing seizures. However, a new research cautions that potent and synthetic forms of the drug have the opposite effect.

Japanese scientists found that natural tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, and the synthetic cannabinoid JWH-018 caused seizures in mice.

Researchers findings should serve as a "public alert" to the potential harms caused by high-potency and synthetic marijuana. The new study suggests that general use of high-potency marijuana contains high amounts of THC may trigger seizures.

The research also found that the seizures could prompt JWH-018, which is a man-made cannabinoid that is the primary component of the synthetic marijuana known as "spice." Their findings analyzing the brain activity of male mice after they received THC or JWH-018.

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