Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
One named executive (Chief Service Officer) of a regional telecommunications company.
Three chiropractors (very close friends who all decided to do the same things with their lives).
Five business executives (managing director, president, three vice presidents).
Four professionals (jobs requiring professional Masters Degree credentials).
Three small business owners.
Once Army First Sergeant.
And one stock broker who has more money than the rest of us on that list combined.
Additionally a bunch of the fellas aren't hanging off the top two or three percent of the socioeconomic ladder but they've got decent jobs, beautiful families, and it would seem they're generally pretty happy with their lives.
Sure, there are also a small handful who aren't doing so well and aren't that happy, some are drunks, some are burnouts, some never amounted to much. There's one who's in a wheelchair as a result of having run from the police on a motorcycle (while in possession of cocaine and with a warrant out for him at the time) which he crashed, and I know of two, unrelated to my FB study, who are dead as a result of substance abuse (one OD and one killed himself driving drunk).
By and large, though, looking at the above, and understand that these are guys who I KNOW were smoking pot (at least on a several-times-a-week, if not daily, basis for much of high school) from the age if sixteen through college (at least) it doesn't seem that, as a group, we've turned out significantly worse than any arbitrary cross section of American society.
I won't dispute the findings of this (alarmingly small) study, because I'm certainly not in a position to do so.
I do however question the relevance of the results.
So smoking pot when you're a kid causes an enlargement of the "nucleus accumbens".
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“Now it is not good for the Christian’s health to hustle the Aryan brown,
For the Christian riles, and the Aryan smiles and he weareth the Christian down;
And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased,
And the epitaph drear: “A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.”
"Men did not make the earth ... it is the value of the improvement only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property... Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds." -- Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice
Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, don't blame someone else, or expect others to make a change, you should stop complaining and make a different choice. Remember, the circumstances of your birth don't determine the outcome of your life.
Second paragraph...doctors found that young adults who used the drug only recreationally had "abnormal alterations" to the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala.
Smoking cannabis just once a week can damage young brains | Toowoomba Chronicle
Young adult (psychology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaA young adult, according to Erik Erikson's stages of human development, is generally a person in the age range of 20 to 40,
The last paragraph was pretty interesting, too.
Peter Jones, professor of psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, said the study was interesting but inconclusive. "The research is limited as it is only a small study, it is not known whether the reported changes in the brain are necessarily bad. Furthermore, as they didn't measure the brains before and after, it's possible that people with a larger accumbens are more likely to take cannabis."