Saturday, March 11, 2006

Exploding the myths of marijuana

So much for the prohibitionist's argument that pot permanently fries your brain cells.
Utrecht, the Netherlands: Frequent cannabis use is not associated with cognitive deficits in memory or attention, according to trial data published in the forthcoming issue of the journal Psychopharmacology.


"No evidence was found for long-term deficits in working memory and selective attention in frequent cannabis users after one week of abstinence" compared to non-using healthy controls, authors concluded. "Furthermore, cannabis users did not differ from controls in terms of overall patterns of brain activity in the regions involved in these cognitive functions."
These results confirm previous studies that have come to the same conclusion, including a A 2003 meta-analysis published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society and a 2002 clinical trial published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that determined, "Marijuana does not have a long-term negative impact on global intelligence."

I could have told them that. If marijuana really fried your brain, the baby boomers would have become a generation of drooling zombies.


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