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    Study finds brain changes in young marijuana users

    Casual marijuana use creates brain changes, new report shows - Health & wellness - The Boston Globe

    Young adults who occasionally smoke marijuana show abnormalities in two key areas of their brain related to emotion, motivation, and decision making, raising concerns that they could be damaging their developing minds at a critical time, according to a new study by Boston researchers.

    Other studies have revealed brain changes among heavy marijuana users, but this research is believed to be the first to demonstrate such abnormalities in young, casual smokers.

    The Boston scientists also found that the degree of brain changes appeared to be directly related to the amount participants smoked per week.

    Researchers did not study whether those changes were linked to corresponding declines in brain function, but lead author Jodi Gilman, a psychology instructor at Harvard Medical School and a brain scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital, said such abnormalities in young brains are reason for concern.
    This must be a real downer for all the potheads out there.
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    Re: Study finds brain changes in young marijuana users

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I'll drink to that!

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    Re: Study finds brain changes in young marijuana users

    Bears repeating: What is this study supposed to prove? It is already widely held and pretty much common knowledge that brains that are not fully developed should not be exposed to marijuana, or other brain chemical altering substances.

    It's sad that the people that generally **** all over marijuana are the types of people that dope their kids up on medications prescribed by doctors who typically have no idea about the long-term affects the little white pills will have on Johnny's brain, body and health when he gets older.

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    Re: Study finds brain changes in young marijuana users

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    show abnormalities in two key areas of their brain related to emotion, motivation,:

    I was gonna reply with a rebuttal, but I don't feel like it anymore.
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    Re: Study finds brain changes in young marijuana users

    So apparently smoking cigarettes causes cancer, but somehow smoking marijuana is supposed to have no ill effects?

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    Re: Study finds brain changes in young marijuana users

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    Congratulations on bringing up what everybody already knows: kids shouldn't be smoking weed.

    Would you like to analyze the effects of alcohol on the child brain? Or is that irrelevant because it's your drug of choice?
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    Re: Study finds brain changes in young marijuana users

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Congratulations on bringing up what everybody already knows: kids shouldn't be smoking weed.

    Would you like to analyze the effects of alcohol on the child brain? Or is that irrelevant because it's your drug of choice?
    I knew the apologists would show up.
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    Re: Study finds brain changes in young marijuana users

    Navy Pride posted this yesterday. However, I'll still give the same reply to this thread as I did to his:
    Forty Boston-area young adults aged 18 to 25, many from Boston University, were selected for the study.
    That sample size is just pathetic. I'm going to remain skeptical of the findings.
    Half of the group said they used marijuana at least once a week, and the other 20 had not used the drug in the past year, and reported using it less than five times in their life.
    This makes this study even worse. This study sucks.
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    Re: Study finds brain changes in young marijuana users

    I don't think it is groundbreaking news that inhaling smoke is probably not good for you.

    Kids should not smoke pot or tobacco. Actually adults shouldn't smoke those items either. Adults shouldn't eat plates of food bigger than their heads.

    We have been telling people that for decades. So what is new?

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    Re: Study finds brain changes in young marijuana users

    Are these changed a bad thing though? They could be improving brain function for all we know.
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