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Study: Alcohol, Not Marijuana, Damages Brain White Tissue


Marijuana Brain alcohol white tissue damageThe April issue of the scientific journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Results is scheduled to contain a report analyzing brain scans of teenage alcohol and marijuana users. The results indicate alcohol is highly destructive to the brain’s white matter- but the scans show no negative consequence from cannabis use.

The scans were performed at the beginning of the study and again at the end, 18 months later. Extensive toxicology reports were performed every six months on the study’s 92 adolescent participants. The study evaluated the brain scans only, not intelligence or behavior.

Dr. Tappert, lead researcher on the project, cited the difficulties of studying marijuana on human test subjects. “One reason is that marijuana can really vary. Different strains contain different levels of THC and other marijuana components. For example, some studies have suggested one component, cannabidiol, may actually have neuroprotective effects.”

More details on the upcoming report can be found in an excellent article on Huffington Post. That article contains references to other studies and potential conclusions from the as-yet unpublished data.

Source: The Compassion Chronicles


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  1. What if what we called Gods are really Visitors from other planets with Technology thousands if not millions of years ahead of ours? What if all the things in the Ancient texts like the bible and the Mahabharata were true? Shit I think about when I am partaking in some good bud ;)_###

  2. actually some vegetables like tomatoes if they are cooked it makes it easier for the body to absorb the vitamines or photo nutrients

  3. Prohibitionists want to shout about temporary memory loss caused by cannabis (not always a bad thing), versus the blackouts caused by alcohol, which causes a permanent loss of space and time. That is way more dangerous and damaging to the brain than herb.

  4. Maybe a good indica would have helped. Do you know if you were using an indica or sativa dominant medicine?

  5. I think brainwashing was a lot easier before the internet. But just like religious nuts give religion a bad name, so can some scientific atheists give non-religion a bad name.

    Sometimes it seems like the religious nuts are taking over, but most people use religion as a crutch or because they think it makes them look good. And most “Christians” don’t act like Christians. I don’t like seeing ministers open congressional business every day and I don’t like it when President Obama says “God Bless” all the time. As long as people see the government worshiping the Christian god, then things will not change.

    Some parents believe that the Bible gives them “permission” to hit their kids, but I think they are in the minority. What is the harm in some people believing that a god had a hand in creating cannabis? To some people who don’t understand science all that well, cannabis may very well seem like some kind of miracle. :)

  6. Guys chill we all have our own beliefs. I respect your beliefs if you respect mine. The light in me honors the light in you. End of story.

  7. There are good reasons to question other’s beliefs and to get them to think critically about them. Because most people don’t choose their religions, they are brainwashed from birth in their parents religion. And then they vote according the their religion. And when their religion says things like homosexuals must be put to death (liviticus), that belief is dangerous and must be challenged.

  8. The Universe created nature. Mother Nature created woman AND man because she has a sense of humor. No need to make it any more complicated than that!

  9. I would never ask myself if a god can heal amputees because I know that’s not possible. But I don’t think it’s impossible for someone with the ability to concentrate the power of their brain to help heal what ails them, whether it’s a physical or mental condition. Unfortunately, only a really small number of people have this “talent.” The rest of us have to use the other things Mother Nature has given us, like cannabis.

    I’ve done a lot of critical thinking about different gods, about different religions, about different kinds of people. However, I am not going to discount others’ beliefs, nor denigrate them. Some people worship a god, some worship the almighty dollar, and some worship power. That is their right, regardless of the consequences.

    If I worship Peace, then who is my god? Is “god” just another term for “leader”? These questions don’t concern me as much as the real things that people can use to more easily traverse through life (and pain). How other people access the tools that help them obtain Peace is none of my concern.

  10. DON’T WORRY AS OF OCTOBER 2013 ,we hear it is going to be legalized .you will be very happy now to pay taxes on it and feel very exploite mainstream….happy smoking!!!!!

  11. Why do you refuse to do any critical thinking about your God? That’s insane.

    The point is, god does not heal amputees. Ever. There has never been an amputee who had a limb regrow with a prayer. But god supposedly heals the sick all the time. People pray to be cured constantly, and the Bible says multiple times that NOTHING will be impossible for you if you have faith. And people are constantly claiming that god cured their cancer or disease or whatever. But no limb regeneration. Is god singling out amputees for special punishment? Is it impossible for him? Or does he simply not exist? The fact is the claims in the Bible are false. No matter how much you pray, god will never heal an amputated limb, in direct conflict with numerous claims in the Bible that nothing is impossible with prayer and that the sick and injured will be healed. There are numerous bible citations in the link if you want to look them up in the Bible to verify. The point is, you’ve been decived by one of the most effective brainwashing campagins of all time. Religion is and always has been about control.

    They really write all,kinds of stories .
    Did you know also that the venerable GANDHI ,that the whole world revere as a pacifist ,dealt with Hitler in th emost amicable manner and had a homosexual lover when he was in south Africa ….then went on preaching celibacy !?!?!?
    It confirms what this person is saying …all,those men are not for real ….just following their great little spacy mind and make the rest of the world think they are for real .it is our fault ,WE ARE GAULLABE.

  13. Herbs have been created by god for,us to use our intelligence to know how and when to use them .intelligence is the key word here .you have to know if you need what you are using .NOT EVRYONE needs the same things .be your own doctor .people smoke weed because EVRYBODY is doing it
    They take piills becauseverybody does It etc…..
    Don’t be a monkey …use you intelligence.

  14. Cooking doesn’t ruin the vitamins in the food .humans have been traditionally cooking for a long time
    It is about alchemy and balance .there you are.

  15. Caps don’t make your argument stronger. I’ve read the bible. I am willing to wager I know it better than you. It’s a collection of myths written by fallible, iron age men. This is a fact. God is imaginary. Here are 50 different proofs if you don’t believe me.


    Did your parents teach you about God? How convenient for you that the god your parents raised you to believe in is the one true god! There are thousands of different religions, good thing they got it right and everyone else is wrong, right?

  16. God is what each person wants him to be. And the Bible is only a book. But if God can’t be a woman, then why would I be interested in what he has to say?

  17. All drugs used recreationally are an escape, some kind of escape. And a lot of people do not have the ability to correct the sadness and despair in their lives, so escape is the only answer. But there is a HUGE difference between escaping inside a bottle and escaping inside a bowl. A HUGE difference between escaping inside a cult or religion and escaping inside a bowl. Etc., etc.

  18. Cyrus we should hang out, lol, I’m with you on that just the same. God, like many things, is something/someone a person chooses to believe in, sort of like Santa Claus. I think since no one else yet has stepped up to the plate on who created “man”, God has become the only icon for the believers to believe in.


  20. Could some one explain that to my wife. She drinks every efn day and our marriage is going downhill about it.

  21. Was that supposed to convince me? Making a baseless assertion is not persuasive. So you’re not really accomplishing anything other than tooting your imaginary friend’s horn.

  22. Im with Chook Gang works great for me as well, However Rosemarie is not wrong as well. Id say you need a balance if you have those symptoms, weed and working out is my cure!

  23. I disagree! Cannabis was created by GOD to smoke. Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA, 2-COOH-THC), is a biosynthetic precursor of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), THCA is found in variable quantities in fresh, undried cannabis, but is progressively decarboxylated to THC with drying, and especially under intense heating such as when cannabis is smoked.

  24. I’m Vaporizer myself… Much better and CLEANER high. I’ve got the “EXTREME Q” by arizer. Does EVERYTHING the “Volcano” does and MORE than the Volcano does for about a QUARTER of the price for a Volcano. No comparison IMHO!

  25. I have those symptoms and it works great for me. I have even tried several crazy pills prescribed by the head doctor, they all made it worse.
    If the tea works, why fix it? And it’s not for everyone.

  26. rosemarie donato on

    IDK, I think when I smoked the stuff I became extremely anxoius. I m an anxious person to begin with & this stuff didn’t make me feel calm, then the booze, when I drank, I became extremely depressed. I m a depressed person to begin with, so what I m trying to say is if you have mental issues lay off both weed & booze. Try life, there is a high on life, and it’s not a bad feeling!

  27. But smoking cannabis has instantanious effects which from personal experience IMMEDIATELY removes nausia. IMMEDIATELY relieves stomach pressures and pains. all within the first toke, Smoking cannabis is just as important as ingesting. Personally I prefer vaporizers though

  28. Smoking, or ingesting? Cannibus has beneficial nutrients (found in other plants as well) that would be ruined by smoking the plant …similar to cooking vegetables will ruin the vitamin content of said vegetables.

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