No need to panic. Smoking weed occasionally won’t turn you into a vegetable

More bullshit neuroscience in the news.

Smoking weed recreationally apparently causes changes in the amygdala and nucleus accumbens.

*sound panic alarms*

This is a complete nonfinding and completely irrelevant and trivial.

For a start there is an assumption that ANY brain changes are bad. The brain changes whenever you do something new, learn something new, experience a new environment. So, it’s not surprising that it did. This is not necessarily a bad thing.

But my main gripe is that the study has ZERO to say about whether it actually affected people’s behaviour or cognition. Surely, this is the most important thing to look at? If you don’t look at behaviour all you have is some pretty pictures for your wall.

Given that people get knocks to the head all the time and are unaffected I only think we need to hit the panic button just yet.

Should we not be more interested with the brain damaging effects of prescription psychoactive medications which HAVE been shown to affect behaviour and cognition?

Oh wait, Parma can make big bucks out of those. I suppose if they could license weed it would be another matter altogether.

The media should stop entertaining these shit so called scientists with air time. And the journals should stop publishing it and the funding bodies should stop finding it. We need an embargo on this kind of shit

As David Nutt said, it is more dangerous falling off a horse

PS I don’t smoke weed!


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