New study shows casual pot use connected to brain abnormalities

posted at 12:41 pm on April 16, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Marijuana research has been hampered over the last several decades by the ban on its use and sale, as well as its classification by the DEA as among the most harmful of illegal substances – on par with heroin and LSD. Advocates of legalization argue in part that more medical research can be performed if the DEA downgrades cannabis on its drug schedule so that a clearer picture of marijuana’s true benefits and dangers can be determined. They may not be terribly happy with the latest result in that effort, however. Northwestern University has found that even casual marijuana use is connected with development of brain abnormalities, which could put a dent in the legalization movement:

The days when people thought only heavy Cheech-and-Chong pot smokers suffered cognitive consequences may be over. A study in The Journal of Neuroscience says even casual marijuana smokers showed significant abnormalities in two vital brain regions important in motivation and emotion.

“Some of these people only used marijuana to get high once or twice a week,” said co-author Hans Breiter, quoted in Northwestern University’s Science Newsline. Breiter hailed the study as the first to analyze the effects of light marijuana use. “People think a little recreational use shouldn’t cause a problem, if someone is doing OK with work or school,” he said. “Our data directly says this is not the case.”

“This study raises a strong challenge to the idea that casual marijuana use isn’t associated with bad consequences,” he added.

There’s a big problem with this study, though, and it relates directly to the complaints about the inability to properly study marijuana. The sample size is less than impressive, with just 20 each in the study and control groups:

For their most recent study, Breiter and his team analyzed a very small sample of patients between the ages of 18 and 25: 20 marijuana users and 20 well-matched control subjects.  The marijuana users had a wide range of usage routines, with some using the drug just once or twice a week and others using it every single day.

Utilizing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the researchers analyzed the participants’ brains, focusing on the nucleus accumbens (NAC) and the amygdala – two key brain regions responsible for processing emotions, making decisions and motivation.  They looked at these brain structures in three different ways, measuring their density, volume and shape.

According to Breiter, all three were abnormal in the casual marijuana users.

“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.”

Very small indeed. This looks more like a pilot study to generate more funding than a study on which public policy should be based. The small size is a little mystifying, too; surely Northwestern could have found more than 20 students and recent graduates who are at least casual users of marijuana. (Or perhaps they had a tough time finding more than 20 who didn’t.)

That said, the results seem significant enough that casual marijuana users might want to rethink their choices. Northwestern has enough academic detachment from the issue to make its work stand out. And if further studies duplicate this outcome on a larger scale, it will put a very big dent in the “pot is less harmful than alcohol” argument that has helped broaden the legalization coalition.


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GET OUT!! SERIOUSLY??

ToddPA on April 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM

You mean pot makes you “unmotivated”? Why yes, that is less harmful than alcohol.

vlad martel on April 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Here … we … gooo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on April 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Umm…yeah.
Wander around an antique store or even a Cracker Barrel and look for one of those old cigarette advertisements that talks about how doctors tout the health benefits of tobacco.

Galtian on April 16, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I’ll stay with my RYO smokes.

timberline on April 16, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Brain abnormalities is certainly the calling card of the Choom Gang

bsinc1962 on April 16, 2014 at 12:46 PM

We need more states to legalize. When all 50(53?) states legalize we will have a sufficient pool of stoners to conduct meaningful studies.Simple.

wraithby on April 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Not really a surprise to anybody who has been around stoners. Their eyes, over time, take on a dead glassy look. Plus, we already know that pot changes brain chemistry and that can’t be good.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM

You don’t suppose this might have something to do with lowered academic perfomance in large groups of students, do you?

butch on April 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Once again “small gov” conservatives want big gov solution for something that they are against. A study like this is an embarrassment to studies everywhere. And if you bothered to look at who the sponsors were for it (the gov) you would realize it is propaganda and nothing more.

paulrtaylor on April 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM

California Governor Jerry Brown says …

“No Way … what was this about ?”

J_Crater on April 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I like how the poster you use on the front page shows a young attractive healthy group, with the wind in their hair and a smile on their face. What it should show is an aging hippy with a pot belly, wearing a tie-dye t-shirt, desperately trying to hang onto that pony tail despite encroaching baldness, and standing in line at a dmv-like office for his weekly handout.

Fenris on April 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

We need more states to legalize. When all 50(53?) states legalize we will have a sufficient pool of stoners to conduct meaningful studies.Simple.

wraithby on April 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM

.
As long as employers are allowed to discriminate against users, and innocent people aren’t hurt . . . . . go for it !

listens2glenn on April 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

They looked at these brain structures in three different ways, measuring their density, volume and shape.

According to Breiter, all three were abnormal in the casual marijuana users.

Legislators will be looking to create yet another set of bathrooms for those with abnormal brains.

J_Crater on April 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM

BREAKING: Tobacco and alcohol use also linked to brain abnormalities. (Duh.) Small government conservatives immediately lobby for big government action.

ZachV on April 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Standard cause and effect question though.
Did the pot users get their brain “abnormalities” from smoking pot, or did they already have brain abnormalities – which may have steered them to become pot smokers?
If you don’t know what the pot smokers’ brains looked like before they started smoking pot, we don’t really know if the pot smoking was the cause or the effect.
They really should study some people starting before they smoke pot to see if the pot is actually what causes the abnormalities.

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Dave’s (Still) Not Here.

Del Dolemonte on April 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM

ZachV on April 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

You forgot caffeine.

vlad martel on April 16, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Fenris on April 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

LOL!
Or a couple 30-something guys laying on a couch in a basement playing video games with a water pipe on the coffee table…

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Define “anbnormal.”

Longtime fans of marijuana studies will recall a widely-cited study was done on monkeys (1980s?) which purported to have found brain damage. They study was later forced into retraction over issues such as identifying normal monkey brain structure as abnormal.

TallDave on April 16, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Not really a surprise to anybody who has been around stoners. Their eyes, over time, take on a dead glassy look. Plus, we already know that pot changes brain chemistry and that can’t be good.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM

“You know I’ve seen a lot of people walkin round with Tombstones
in their eyes”

Steppenwolf-the Pusher

ToddPA on April 16, 2014 at 12:57 PM

I smoked marijuana multiple times a day, every day, for at least ten years. I’ve literally done acid hundreds of times. I’ve done just about every drug you can think of short of shooting heroin. At least I’m smart enough to know that HA is a good site with many very smart commenters.

(Not that I’m in any way advocating or trying to glamourize drug use. People have to make up their own minds.)

WhatSlushfund on April 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM

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Ben Hur on April 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Democrats–The party of science. Sure Marijuana is harmless. Let’s legalize!

vityas on April 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM

I’m sure everyone concerned about this issue will be happy that when you click on the link for this story the Hot Air ad banners immediately start pimping “marijuana doctors.”

vlad martel on April 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

I like how the poster you use on the front page shows a young attractive healthy group, with the wind in their hair and a smile on their face. What it should show is an aging hippy with a pot belly, wearing a tie-dye t-shirt, desperately trying to hang onto that pony tail despite encroaching baldness, and standing in line at a dmv-like office for his weekly handout.

Fenris on April 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I chose that because the study’s results refute the argument it makes (to the extent this one study can be relied upon, of course). It was an exercise in irony.

Ed Morrissey on April 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

MKH should read this!

22044 on April 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

BREAKING: Tobacco and alcohol use also linked to brain abnormalities. (Duh.) Small government conservatives immediately lobby for big government action.

ZachV on April 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

BREAKING: ZackV’s hyperbole still not making much sense.

hawkdriver on April 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Once again “small gov” conservatives want big gov solution for something that they are against. A study like this is an embarrassment to studies everywhere. And if you bothered to look at who the sponsors were for it (the gov) you would realize it is propaganda and nothing more.

paulrtaylor on April 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I am quite okay with the legalization of pot, but I am also sick of the glorification and the unrealism that goes along with the legalization movement. I have had people who do pot actually tell me that it cures cancer, and a whole host of other ailments. It is a drug, and as such changes the body’s chemistry. All drugs have bad side effects. They are only used when the bennies of the drug outweigh the side effects. If you use a substance regularly with no health bennies i.e, tobacco, alcohol or pot- then don’t tell me that there are no harmful effects. And for God sakes, people are making pot vending machines– when’s the last time you could buy cigarettes or alcohol from a vending machine?

melle1228 on April 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

New study shows casual pot use connected to brain abnormalities

It’s a socon big government conspiracy! Pot is safer than alcohol!

I wonder if paranoia is one of those brain abnormalities….

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

BREAKING: Tobacco and alcohol use also linked to brain abnormalities. (Duh.) Small government conservatives immediately lobby for big government action.

ZachV on April 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

.
BREAKING: New study shows that marijuana use doesn’t impact non-users, or other innocent bystanders.

listens2glenn on April 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

“I don’t like that! It’s not good for you! I’d rather see you go to jail for that than enjoy it!” -Mr. True Conservative

Akzed on April 16, 2014 at 1:01 PM

ZachV on April 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Breaking: Tenth Amendment advocates upset that states exercise 10 amendment in not legalizing pot.

nobar on April 16, 2014 at 1:01 PM

UMMMM…. DUDE….

What?

My brainium is just find, and I’ve been tokin’ cents I was 14.

I used to be a hippie, now I’m a livertarian…

Now, chill, man. You’re harshing my marshmallow!!!!

/

ZeusGoose on April 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I didn’t see anything that said the control group didn’t drink or ingest any other kinds of drugs/chemicals.

I would further suggest that they need more or better control groups – one group who does not ingest any drugs at all (no smoking, no alcohol, no pot, etc), one for alcohol drinkers, and one for tobacco users – and compare what all their brains look like.

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 1:04 PM

It was an exercise in irony. Ed Morrissey on April 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Sorry Ed, but it seemed more like an accusation of duplicity on the part of those who have no problem with people getting high.

“This is what we want you to think, not the cold hard reality reflected in this paltry polling sample not worth reporting on.”

Akzed on April 16, 2014 at 1:05 PM

WhatSlushfund on April 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM

And Louis Armstrong got high every day too, but it ain’t good for you and no amount of rationalization will make it good for you. But I agree people shouldn’t have the government making their decisions for them; our drug laws are insane and cause more problems than they solve.

Fenris on April 16, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Once again “small gov” conservatives want big gov solution for something that they are against. A study like this is an embarrassment to studies everywhere. And if you bothered to look at who the sponsors were for it (the gov) you would realize it is propaganda and nothing more.

paulrtaylor on April 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I wonder if paranoia is one of those brain abnormalities….

(Just realized the above probably made more sense here)

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 16, 2014 at 1:05 PM

ZeusGoose on April 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM

You should give up the drunkblogging.

Akzed on April 16, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Ed and some others on this site are proof that it isn’t only leftist progressives that live in constant fear that someone, somewhere, is living their life or enjoying themselves in a non-approved fashion.

Mind your business.

/dont smoke it, don’t want to.

Irritable Pundit on April 16, 2014 at 1:06 PM

I chose that because the study’s results refute the argument it makes (to the extent this one study can be relied upon, of course). It was an exercise in irony.

Ed Morrissey on April 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

I said I liked it, didn’t I? It’s hilarious.

Fenris on April 16, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Study brought to you by the same uni that unionized it’s football players. I rest my case.

Mini-14 on April 16, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Study didn’t look at the brains BEFORE the marijuana use occurred. We have no idea how many years these guys smoked the stuff and no idea if they started when they were ten years old. Starting at an early age would affect more negative changes on the brain (one would think).

Where did they get the pot? What else did it have in it besides pot? We don’t know.

Maybe the pot didn’t do anything to these guys. Maybe their brain “areas” were small to begin with – and may have caused them to WANT to use pot. Cause and effect … etc.

Why is this study getting ANY attention on HotAir when it took so long to get HA to get into the Bundy Ranch affair? This study is full of holes – and extremely tiny and has no impact on anything. Strange choice imo.

HondaV65 on April 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

BREAKING: Tobacco and alcohol use also linked to brain abnormalities. (Duh.) Small government conservatives immediately lobby for big government action.

ZachV on April 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Spoken by someone who thinks the state licensing your sexual relationship is “small government.”

melle1228 on April 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Very small indeed. This looks more like a pilot study to generate more funding than a study on which public policy should be based. The small size is a little mystifying, too; surely Northwestern could have found more than 20 students and recent graduates who are at least casual users of marijuana. (Or perhaps they had a tough time finding more than 20 who didn’t.)

Nothing wrong with a small sample as a pilot project. It’s just too small to be definitive as it is.

I fully expect that a proper research project with a significant sample will largely confirm the findings of this study. As it is now, though, it’s more a caution than a proof.

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

DUDE, where can I sign up for the next studies and will they give free Cheetos at it?

GreenBlade on April 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

I wonder if paranoia is one of those brain abnormalities….
There Goes the Neighborhood on April 16, 2014 at 1:05 PM

From what I’ve seen of pot smokers I know, yes it is – for some.
Just as with drinking – where people turn into different kinds of drunks, many depending on WHAT they drink – I’ve seen different people have slightly different effects from pot.
But I’ve never seen any get violent – like the old “Reefer Madness” video(s) show.

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

You should give up the drunkblogging.

Akzed on April 16, 2014 at 1:06 PM

You should give up altogether. Oops, too late!

It’s obvious that blogging either drunk, stoned or stone stupid is all you’ve got left in your pathetic life.

ZeusGoose on April 16, 2014 at 1:11 PM

I said I liked it, didn’t I? It’s hilarious.

Fenris on April 16, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Ah, my mistake. Thanks!

Ed Morrissey on April 16, 2014 at 1:11 PM

It seems to me that if drinking a Big Gulp needs to be covered by law, something that negatively impacts brain chemistry requires some careful consideration as well.

vityas on April 16, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Ed and some others on this site are proof that it isn’t only leftist progressives that live in constant fear that someone, somewhere, is living their life or enjoying themselves in a non-approved fashion.

Mind your business.

/dont smoke it, don’t want to.

Irritable Pundit on April 16, 2014 at 1:06 PM

No, it is proof that we don’t care how you destroy yourself, but we all live in fear that LEFTIST PROGRESSIVES will make us pay for your bad habits.

melle1228 on April 16, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Communicating on the internet is hard. The picture is like Hillary wearing a ton of makeup to hide a lifetime of hard drinking.

Fenris on April 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Gee…take a drug that “impairs” you physically and mentally, and it shows it can do damage to your brain…duhhhhh!!!

Isn’t it obvious?

Stay too long underwater and you drown…

right2bright on April 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

I said I liked it, didn’t I? It’s hilarious.
Fenris on April 16, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Ah, my mistake. Thanks!
Ed Morrissey on April 16, 2014 at 1:11 PM

On the flip side of that poster – this past weekend my wife and I went to a gun show – she was wearing one of her tie-dyed t-shirts with “Peace Love Kites” on the front (and Ft Walton Beach, Fl – tourist souvenir).
You should have seen some of the looks and heard the comments about someone at a gun show wearing tie-dye….

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM

What it should show is an aging hippy with a pot belly, wearing a tie-dye t-shirt, desperately trying to hang onto that pony tail despite encroaching baldness, and standing in line at a dmv-like office for his weekly handout.

Fenris on April 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Leave my neighbor out of this!

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM

May as well get some humor outta’ this subject, by repeating this OLD joke.

listens2glenn on April 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Ghosts of William Randolph Hearst again. Hey make a propaganda film on it too.

jake49 on April 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM

I don’t remember any Drs telling people smoking was good for them. I remember the Dr telling my Dad he could smoke as much as the Dr did. Which was not at all- back in the 50s.

I’ve never understood that if you take a substance that alters your brain it’s such a stretch to think it might do permanent damage. I’m talking about it all – alcohol, drugs etc.

Just take a gander at our top administrator and most of his administration – they seem to not be able to focus on anything, but vacations and golf and parties.

Remember his side kick valerie jarrett saying he was so smart he didn’t have to spend too much time on anything. He can’t sit through a security meeting, I don’t even know how many he’s been in. When he was a lecturer at the university he never attended their meetings. Was mainly absent in the Illinois senate and then voted present.
Examples?
Maybe!

Bambi on April 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM

The bottom line is that no one should be in jail for possessing pot. It’s a total waste of taxpayer money. It’s like jailing someone for having a fifth of liquor in their house.

Unless someone is making you smoke pot, what is it to you anyway? You control freaks are endlessly silly. No, it doesn’t raise your anything.

casual pot use connected to brain abnormalities

So is fast food. Want to ban that too?

Moesart on April 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM

See Holder and the oaf, who’s chief.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM

What it should show is an aging hippy with a pot belly, wearing a tie-dye t-shirt, desperately trying to hang onto that pony tail despite encroaching baldness, and standing in line at a dmv-like office for his weekly handout.

Fenris on April 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

There are plenty of people, particularly young people, who smoke and do acid that absolutely despise hippies — myself being a perfect example. I hated hippies then and I hate them now. If you saw me then, or even saw me now, I’d look like the most clean cut guy you could imagine, and I have a shaved head,, not a pony tail. Screw hippies.

(That said, I want to re-emphasize that I am in no way advocating or trying to glamourize drug use. It is up to the individual.)

I eventually stopped just because it was getting old and I got interested in other things.

WhatSlushfund on April 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Nothing says conservative or even libertarian like forcing virtuous hard working Americans to carry a heavier burden to pay for the welfare of drug users.

Freedom, or something…

astonerii on April 16, 2014 at 1:17 PM

What it should show is an aging hippy with a pot belly, wearing a tie-dye t-shirt, desperately trying to hang onto that pony tail despite encroaching baldness

Man, I need to re-think my life after reading that! Oh, by the way the tie-dye is a wife beater thank you very much.

HonestLib on April 16, 2014 at 1:17 PM

It seems to me that if drinking a Big Gulp needs to be covered by law, something that negatively impacts brain chemistry requires some careful consideration as well.

vityas on April 16, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Well, I for one feel the IQ points seeping out of my ears whenever the rat-eared wonder makes a speech.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Ed and some others on this site are proof that it isn’t only leftist progressives that live in constant fear that someone, somewhere, is living their life or enjoying themselves in a non-approved fashion.

Mind your business.

/dont smoke it, don’t want to.

Irritable Pundit on April 16, 2014 at 1:06 PM

I don’t live in fear of people indulging themselves in sin, I despise it when they treat that lifestyle as automatically superior to my lifestyle. You want to live your life like that, fine, but when you cross the line from individual choice to “lulz socons”, I won’t stand with you.

nobar on April 16, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Stay too long underwater and you drown…

right2bright on April 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Aha!!
Another new study needed for the physical effects of ingesting too much of a certain chemical – in this case dihydrogen monoxide – that’s also dangerous stuff I hear….

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 1:18 PM

It’s an addiction and the users don’t want to hear any contradictory information. Even cigarette smokers continue to suck away as cancer devastates their body. We simply don’t need another killer drug on the market and we don’t need general legalization of pot. If you need a drug to escape your reality then you need serious help . . . and yes that includes Alcohol.

rplat on April 16, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Well, to be accurate, it’s not less harmful; it’s different harmful.

Get it right, dummies.

Cleombrotus on April 16, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Define “anbnormal.”

Longtime fans of marijuana studies will recall a widely-cited study was done on monkeys (1980s?) which purported to have found brain damage. They study was later forced into retraction over issues such as identifying normal monkey brain structure as abnormal.

TallDave on April 16, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Actually the monkeys could no longer be studies. After extended pot use the chimps were unable to motivate themselves sufficiently to participate any further. They were unruly unless supplied with unlimited bags of Fritos and Grateful Dead music.

wraithby on April 16, 2014 at 1:21 PM

BREAKING: Tobacco and alcohol use also linked to brain abnormalities. (Duh.) Small government conservatives immediately lobby for big government action.

ZachV on April 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

…and two glasses of wine a week are linked to which brain abnormalities?

Ricard on April 16, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Truly fluked up land

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Man, I need to re-think my life after reading that! Oh, by the way the tie-dye is a wife beater thank you very much.

HonestLib on April 16, 2014 at 1:17 PM

As long as you’re not wearing Birkenstocks, you’re still ok in my book.

Fenris on April 16, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Que Dr. Hook,

“I Got Stoned and I missed it”

ToddPA on April 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I am quite okay with the legalization of pot, but I am also sick of the glorification and the unrealism that goes along with the legalization movement. I have had people who do pot actually tell me that it cures cancer, and a whole host of other ailments. It is a drug, and as such changes the body’s chemistry. All drugs have bad side effects. They are only used when the bennies of the drug outweigh the side effects. If you use a substance regularly with no health bennies i.e, tobacco, alcohol or pot- then don’t tell me that there are no harmful effects. And for God sakes, people are making pot vending machines– when’s the last time you could buy cigarettes or alcohol from a vending machine?

melle1228 on April 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM
I don’t want it to be glorified either. Cannabis can be used for alot of things but it is not the end all be all. I use it for R.A. and it does a wonderful job. I am a legal cannabis patient but look to legalization at the federal level so that I am not considered a criminal for the medication that I choose to use

paulrtaylor on April 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I’m not surprised. Look at Obama.

John the Libertarian on April 16, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Man, I need to re-think my life after reading that! Oh, by the way the tie-dye is a wife beater thank you very much.

HonestLib on April 16, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Well, my wife LOVES tie-dye – she has dozens of shirts and a few other items.
And neither one of us has ever even tried pot….

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Leave my neighbor out of this!

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Dude, we are neighbours! Be over shortly, just having the radiator flushed in my 1968 Microbus VW Vanagon…..man.

HonestLib on April 16, 2014 at 1:27 PM

…and two glasses of wine a week are linked to which brain abnormalities?

Ricard on April 16, 2014 at 1:22 PM

I use the wine at night to reverse the effects of ingesting caffeine all day at work….

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Mind your business.

/dont smoke it, don’t want to.

Irritable Pundit on April 16, 2014 at 1:06 PM

The problem is you guys pass that on to your kids, and kids think it is “okay”, then we (public) have to raise your stupid kids because they can’t think for themselves.

Geee, I wonder why the 60′s “free spirit”, the “Occupy” groups, the liberals groups who are so into this kind of stuff are actually liberal, with the mindset of “Stay out of my life, but let the government rule us”. And why entitlements are exactly that now, entitled.

You smoking your pot is generational, and we are seeing the effects of the “let’s do it man”…7 trillion added to the debt in 5 years, from someone who partakes…

right2bright on April 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Que up Jim Stafford,

“Wildwood Weed”

ToddPA on April 16, 2014 at 1:31 PM

I work with narcotics officers. Believe me marijuana isn’t harmless. Long-term use brings about panic attacks, alters brain chemistry and the studies are ongoing. My brother who was a long-term marijuana user now has an advanced stage of Parkinson’s Disease at 61. I don’t know if marijuana was a factor but it certainly didn’t help that for years he was smoking a product that isn’t regulated. I feel that he was ingesting just as many pesticides as marijuana so perhaps there is a connection. The problem is there isn’t enough data yet to look into marijuana’s long-term effects. As I’ve noted before this isn’t your grandads pot. It is highly specialized with all female plants that are majority bud. Bud is where the THC chemical is located. Back in the day you would get stems and seeds not anymore. Today’s weed is yesterdays hashish on steroids. Colorado and Washington state are the canary in the coalmine and I guess we will wait and see what effect this is having on their citizens. Personally I wouldn’t risk it just as I wouldn’t abuse alcohol.

neyney on April 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Que up Jim Stafford,
“Wildwood Weed”

ToddPA on April 16, 2014 at 1:31 PM

“Marrrrtha, get back in here, put your clothes on…”

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 1:35 PM

This place is pot-obsessed. Have cocktail and get over yourselves.

bour3 on April 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

This place is pot-obsessed. Have cocktail and get over yourselves.

bour3 on April 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

I’ll drink to that….
:)

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

New study shows casual pot use connected to brain abnormalities

Next thing you know they’ll find out that deeply inhaling smoke from burning pot leaves is bad for your lungs and causes cancer … Say it ain’t so!!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

All those kids overdosing on their marijuanas.

tdarrington on April 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Plus, we already know that pot changes brain chemistry and that can’t be good.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Lots of stuff changes brain chemistry – pain killers for starters. It doesn’t have to be negative just because it changes brain chemistry.

I am quite okay with the legalization of pot, but I am also sick of the glorification and the unrealism that goes along with the legalization movement.

melle1228 on April 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

+1

On the article… as Ed pointed out, the small sample size is a significant factor when considering the impact of the findings, although of course larger studies require proportionally more time, effort, and most importantly money – especially when they’re using kit like MRI machines.

Still, while it’s hardly conclusive of any effects of smoking cannabis, it sounds like something that could well be useful in a larger meta-analysis (i.e. cheap way of simulating larger sample sizes).

Ramadahl on April 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

All those kids overdosing on their marijuanas.

tdarrington on April 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Duuuuude – it’s reefer madness!!!!

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Speaking of people who, like myself, love drugs but also despise hippies and love capitalism and right wing politics, did you guys see ‘Wolf of Wall Street’? Awesome flick:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tX40xe2cnw

This scene alone should have won an Academy Award for something:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qUou4fzoSI

WhatSlushfund on April 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Personally I wouldn’t risk it just as I wouldn’t abuse alcohol.

But nobody else is allowed to make that choice.

tdarrington on April 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

neyney on April 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

My older brother is a bit younger than your brother but he was headed in the same direction. He was a very successful restaurant manager for a few higher end places. Really had it all considering how far from the other side of the tracks my family came from. But he just flat smoked mj like it was going out of style. He just dropped out of any and all aspects of his life that was very demanding including his successful career. He settled for being a sales clerk at a wine store.

It’s really just the last two years he’s completely stopped smoking pot. He stopped smoking cigarettes to boot. I can’t say it’s all about the pot. But he doesn’t get my younger brother and my names mixed up anymore. The difference is night and day.

hawkdriver on April 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Yes but the brain ‘abnormalities’ are wonderful ‘abnormalities’ that make you more imaginative and creative and lots of other good stuff.

slickwillie2001 on April 16, 2014 at 1:49 PM

It’s obvious that blogging either drunk, stoned or stone stupid is all you’ve got left in your pathetic life. ZeusGoose on April 16, 2014 at 1:11 PM

You’re mean when you’re loaded.

Akzed on April 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Allahpundit hardest hit.

bw222 on April 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM

If I am happy smoking pot and working at 7 11, who are you to argue?

tdarrington on April 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Here’s where we find out that, “Alcohol is bad for you too!!”

As if that’s an argument.

Look, at this point do you really think the Mary Katherine Ham’s of the world are going to reverse themselves just because it will desetroy the brains of it’s users?

I think we all already know how bad for us Marijuana is. If you know someone who smokes Marijuana on a regular basis, or if you used it when you were younger, you know already. If you’re being honest.

The point isn’t whether it’s bad or not. The point is, “I want to smoke Marijuana, let me smoke it!” or, in a few cases, people confuse License with Freedom, like the MKH’s.

Hell, we can even find out that it kills and MKH and her ilk wouldn’t care. The answer the government would come up with? Let’s tax it more.

Baggi on April 16, 2014 at 1:57 PM

WhatSlushfund on April 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

You are a complete moron.

Anyone who purportedly loves drugs of the types you’ve mentioned does have a fried brain.

Today you may love capitalism and RW politics, tomorrow you’ll be wanting a group wedding with all your fluffy toys.

Change your name to FlushedBrain, already!

ZeusGoose on April 16, 2014 at 1:58 PM

If I am happy smoking pot and working at 7 11, who are you to argue?

tdarrington on April 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

And others who I personally know are happy smoking pot and working as a vice president of a bank. And where would we be without software engineers? Does anyone seriously think there isn’t a lot of pot smoking in that field too?

rhombus on April 16, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Now imagine the resulting abnormal brain of a Choom gang member raised by communist agitators.

Wait. After more thought, thank goodness for his days (and daze) of weed.

I’d hate to see what this guy could do if he were more motivated.

“Golf anyone!”

Carnac on April 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

And others who I personally know are happy smoking pot and working as a vice president of a bank. And where would we be without software engineers? Does anyone seriously think there isn’t a lot of pot smoking in that field too?

rhombus on April 16, 2014 at 1:59 PM

I think it looks like there’s a lot of pot smoking in the White House these days….

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

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