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Marijuana's effects on the brain are reversible
October 18, 2001 10:09 AM   Subscribe

Marijuana's effects on the brain are reversible "It appears that cognitive impairment from marijuana use is temporary and related to the amount of marijuana that has been recently smoked rather than permanent and related to an entire lifetime consumption." Hmm, I suppose it's good to know I can go back to being smart after being stupid for a little while.
posted by iceblink (12 comments total)

 
"Craving for marijuana, decreased appetite, sleep difficulty and weight loss were more common in abstaining periods. Aggression, anger, irritability, restlessness and strange dreams were also significantly increased during abstinence, Budney's team found."

I definitely agree with this. Besides the quote above, I often feel dumb days after getting high, and feel sharper after a couple days of not smoking. Won't make me stop for good, but it's interesting I'm not alone.

Hey, iceblink, don't bogart that J!
posted by msacheson at 10:17 AM on October 18, 2001


Dr. Alan J. Budney ... heh heh ... love the way that rolls off the tongue ... matt can i change my username?

i definately get the strange dreams when i've gone a few days w/o ... dreams of where/how i'll meet mary again. don't get many of the others though.

wish they had included a control group that was stoned when they took the tests. they might have flunked most of them, but i bet they would score off the charts "abstract thinking."
posted by danOstuporStar at 10:22 AM on October 18, 2001


*on the* abstract thinking (no i haven't been partaking)
posted by danOstuporStar at 10:27 AM on October 18, 2001


!
posted by y2karl at 11:54 AM on October 18, 2001


YAY!!!!!!
posted by degan at 12:15 PM on October 18, 2001


Wow, this would be really useful if our current marijuana prohibition was actually based on facts.
posted by Dirjy at 12:22 PM on October 18, 2001


wow dirjy ... thanks for the heads up. that is so incredibly ridiculous.
posted by danOstuporStar at 12:29 PM on October 18, 2001


Here's a link to the study itself:
Neuropsychological Performance in Long-term Cannabis Users
(Archives of General Psychiatry)
posted by Owen Boswarva at 2:35 PM on October 18, 2001


I liked this ad, because well, it's true. I bet it's reasonably effective.

http://alpha2.bmc.uu.se/dombo/videos/karate.mpg
posted by Wood at 2:41 PM on October 18, 2001


I liked this ad, because well, it's true.

Dumb for a month? Yeah that's the truth all right. A little THC in you and 30 days of punishment. You work for the government right?
posted by skallas at 4:30 PM on October 18, 2001


I've read that hydergine helps too. But I'm not a doctor and I haven't tried it, so don't take my word for it. But it could be worth looking into.
posted by klint at 7:06 PM on October 18, 2001


"Craving for marijuana, decreased appetite, sleep difficulty and weight loss were more common in abstaining periods."

I generally lose weight whenever I stop knocking over Krispy Kremes to get a fix, myself. Which usually coincides with the periods in my life in which I am abstaining.
posted by annathea at 10:29 PM on October 18, 2001


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