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Increased levels of the body's own cannabinoids impair embryonic brain development

The human body produces substances, called endocannabinoids, that work in a similar way to cannabis. These endocannabinoids may not produce a ?high?, but are of tremendous importance for the functioning of the neural network in the brain -- especially during the embryonic stage. If this network is interfered with as a result of too many circulating endocannabinoids, the development of the embryonic brain can be impaired. Researchers have now discovered what mechanism underlies the development of this impairment.
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