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Wed Nov 12, 2014, 12:49 PM

Media Leaping to Extremely Faulty Conclusions from Study on the Effects of Marijuana on the Brain


A new study identifying minor differences in the brain imaging of habitual marijuana consumers compared to non-users may be ideal for stimulating sensational headlines (e.g., “Regular pot smokers have shrunken brains, study says,” Los Angeles Times, November 10), but tells us little in regard to whether pot poses actual health risks.

Specifically, an MRI scan revealed less gray matter in the orbital frontal cortex of pot-smoking subjects compared to those who had never used the drug. Researchers also identified increased connectivity between certain regions of the brain in regular marijuana users compared with non-users.

So precisely what do these findings tell us in regard to pot use and health? Not much. Since the study design is not longitudinal, investigators cannot determine whether these differences are caused by subject’s cannabis use, whether these differences existed prior to subjects’ ever trying cannabis, or whether these differences persist when users’ cannabis consumption ceases.

Most importantly, investigators in this study failed to determine whether any of these differences are positively associated with any measurable adverse performance outcomes, such as cognitive performance or quality of life. It may be that these cannabis users are functioning in their daily lives in a manner that is indistinguishable from controls, in which case the imaging differences may hold little if any real-world significance. (In fact, one of the paper’s authors acknowledged, “[C]hronic users appear to be doing fine.”)

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Response to Alittleliberal (Original post)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 01:50 PM

1. I'm a "hronic" user


I wonder how much the writer smoked before writing this.

In 1974 the government did studies and found out pot shrinks cancerous tumors. So they hid that info because they only wanted BAD info. So they used poor monkeys and put rubber masks on their faces and fed them smoke till they passed out. The monkey's like ANY other creature lost brain cells from lack of oxygen NOT from Marijuana. And 40 years later, we still hear that bullshit about brain cells and MJ.

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Wed Nov 12, 2014, 01:57 PM

2. I think the C in chronic had like a picture not just a letter so it didn't copy over

It's like they were surprised asphyxiation caused brain cells to die.

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