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Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds
FoxNews.com ^ | Published April 15, 2014 | By Loren Grush

Posted on 04/15/2014 9:10:17 PM PDT by DBCJR

...Researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures.

The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development.

Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual marijuana use after previous work in his lab found that heavy cannabis use caused similar brain abnormalities to those seen in patients with schizophrenia.

... Given these eye-opening results, Breiter said that more research is needed to look into marijuana’s effects on the brain – even in those who use the drug only once or twice a month.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: brain; cannabis; marijuana; pot

1 posted on 04/15/2014 9:10:18 PM PDT by DBCJR
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To: DBCJR

I can hear the recalcitrant rebuttals now: “People with brain abnormalities tend to smoke weed!!!!”


2 posted on 04/15/2014 9:12:20 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: DBCJR

I’m shocked.


3 posted on 04/15/2014 9:13:14 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

No wonder “Choom-Boy” Barry Soetoro chooses to “lead from behind!”

It always made him look like an Ass.


4 posted on 04/15/2014 9:16:51 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: DBCJR

What were we discussing?


5 posted on 04/15/2014 9:24:08 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: DBCJR

Libs dont have to worry about it since they don’t have brains to begin with so smoke away libs


6 posted on 04/15/2014 9:24:09 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: DBCJR

Democrats want people stupid and compliant, which is why they are pushing marijuana legalization.


7 posted on 04/15/2014 9:28:03 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: fwdude

To be fair, this was a very small study with n=20 and magnitude of differences reportedly were small. Need to see replication with a larger group of subjects.

Certainly could be a reliable and valid finding, though.


8 posted on 04/15/2014 9:28:12 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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To: DBCJR
So what about this guy?


9 posted on 04/15/2014 9:30:32 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: PGR88

CHEEEEECH!!!


10 posted on 04/15/2014 9:32:35 PM PDT by Redcloak (Winter is coming.)
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To: DBCJR
we've spent 50yrs condemning cigarette smoking because of mouth cancer,lung cancer, heart disease, and tooth decay, or whatever....

yet these same PTB now pushing weed use....as if weed doesn't destroy your lungs just as fast....

we've always known that weed and other street drugs affect your mentation...now we're surprised by these studies?...I think not...

11 posted on 04/15/2014 9:32:50 PM PDT by cherry
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To: DBCJR

Which came first the dope or the dope.


12 posted on 04/15/2014 9:35:05 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: PGR88

That’s rolled up underwear.


13 posted on 04/15/2014 9:37:24 PM PDT by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: DBCJR

Thankfully I was more than a casual user. My brain shoooooooooooosukl[sdfpo] be fiiiiiiiiiiiiiin


14 posted on 04/15/2014 9:47:37 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: DBCJR

But it is a harmless drug.


15 posted on 04/15/2014 9:48:30 PM PDT by rey
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To: DBCJR

I wonder if smoking pot caused me to have drain bramage.


16 posted on 04/15/2014 9:54:07 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: DBCJR

Just trying to tone down that Type A personality one puff at a time.


17 posted on 04/15/2014 10:08:06 PM PDT by jcon40
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To: steve86

Yes, but it seems to bolster earlier study conclusions.


18 posted on 04/15/2014 10:10:59 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: PGR88

I’ll bet when that guy gets “the munchies”, HE REALLY GETS “THE MUNCHIES!”


19 posted on 04/15/2014 10:22:12 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: DBCJR

About 40 years ago I went to DEA school. One of the presenters was a Dr. Hardin Jones, from UC Berkeley. He stated that his research showed that the THC in marijuana caused the synapsis of the brain to misfire.

Even at that time, there was a push to legalize marijuana. When the federal government was holding hearings on the matter, only the pro-legalization people were invited to testify. Dr. Jones was told he was not needed.


20 posted on 04/15/2014 10:39:02 PM PDT by Glennb51
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To: DBCJR

There’s a reason it’s called dope!


21 posted on 04/16/2014 1:07:46 AM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: DBCJR

I wonder if obamacare blood tests will expose the drug abuse?


22 posted on 04/16/2014 3:56:19 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: DBCJR

This story makes my head hurt.


23 posted on 04/16/2014 4:42:18 AM PDT by Larry Milk
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To: DBCJR

Pot affects your brain, along with alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, oxygen, nano particles, gamma rays, sunlight, moonlight, pornography, classical music, rock music etc.


24 posted on 04/16/2014 7:18:33 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: DBCJR
Generally speaking, inhaling burning things into your lungs is not healthy.

Alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, prescription drugs and various foods are also bad for people.

25 posted on 04/16/2014 8:16:38 AM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: KosmicKitty
No drug is harmless. All have harms. Its a judgment call and free men should be able to make bad decisions for ourselves.

here is link to a MedPage article that suggests caution about this study's "conclusions".

www.medpagetoday.com/Neurology/GeneralNeurology/45290?isalert=1&uun=g375543d1133R5368868u&utm_source=breaking-news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-news&xid=NL_breakingnews_2014-04-16

Crud - how do you embed a hotlink? And does anyone else feel an urge to add an "e" after judge in judgment? I hate that. Must be I have a brain defect from... nooooooo!

26 posted on 04/16/2014 12:18:59 PM PDT by corkoman
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