For the first time, 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.
“For the NAC, all three measures were abnormal, and they were abnormal in a dose-dependent way, meaning the changes were greater with the amount of marijuana used,” Breiter said. “The amygdala had abnormalities for shape and density, and only volume correlated with use. But if you looked at all three types of measures, it showed the relationships between them were quite abnormal in the marijuana users, compared to the normal controls.”
Because these brain regions are central for motivation, the findings from Northwestern help support the well-known theory that marijuana use leads to a condition called amotivation. Also called amotivational syndrome, this psychological condition causes people to become less oriented towards their goals and purposes in life, as well as seem less focused in general.
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.
Now, I know I'm going to piss some folks off with my anti-pot rhetoric. But folks, if you're going home and lighting up a blunt every night, that's no different from going home and getting drunk every night. THERE WILL BE NEGATIVE EFFECTS TO YOUR CONSTANT INTOXICATION.
"Oh, but Dave, weed is like NATURAL, man!" So's arsenic. Your point?
With few exceptions, every pot-head I've ever known has been a hard core leftie. Now, whether or not that's due to their drug use, or the mindset that goes with accepting getting intoxicated every day, or the culture that says it's fine to get intoxicated every day, I don't know, and we can have a lovely debate about that. But you cannot expect to do a drug that messes with your brain, and have no side-effects from it.
THC is fat soluble, meaning it sticks around in fat. Guess what organ in your body is two-thirds fat? Hmmmmmmm....... And unlike water-soluble drugs, you can't just flush it out. Anything that gets you high is toxic in large enough quantities. Allow it to build up in your system, and you're going to have some huge problems. Allowing THC to build up in your system is like pretty much like taking stupid pills every day.
OK, enough of me harping for today.