Introduction: Using cannabis may cause changes in the human body's epigenome, a study of over 1,000 adults suggests. The epigenome functions like a set of chemical tags on DNA that can influence gene expression, without actually altering the DNA sequence itself. By studying changes in DNA methylation, the biological process by which methyl groups are added to DNA molecules, thereby altering gene activity, researchers have discovered a potential link between cannabis use and epigenetic modifications. -3 (Learn):
The study, conducted on a diverse group of over 1,000 adults, aimed to investigate the impact of cannabis use on the epigenome.
The researchers found that cannabis use, both recent and long-term, was associated with significant changes in DNA methylation patterns.