Your Brain on Drugs Marijuana

For centuries, humans have been using substances to alter their state of mind. From caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol to more extreme drugs. But as the most commonly used illicit drug in North America, Where does marijuana fit in and how exactly does it affect your brain First, we need to understand how the brain functions. Neurons are the cells that process information in the brain. By releasing chemicals called neurotransmitters from the axon of one neuron to the dendrite of another they change the electrical charge of the receiving neuron consequently exciting or inhibiting it.

If excited, the signal is passed on. Though it sounds simple these signals work together and the effect is quickly compouned into complex configurations within milliseconds flashing over the entire brain. This is what happens every single time you think, breathe or move. So what is going on inside your brain when you're smoking marijuana Well unlike alcohol, which contains molecules nothing like those in our body, cannabis contains molecules that resemble those produced in our very own brains cannabonoids. Although naturally these cannabonoids circulate at much lower quantities compared to the large influx imposed by smoking,.

Specifically the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol or THC resembles a natural transmitter called anandamide. These cannabonoids are specialized neurotransmitters released by neurons having just fired. Neurons temporarily become unresponsive after firing to prevent them from overracting or being too dominant. This allows your brain to function in a calm and controlled manner. But cannabonoids interrupt this approach in some parts of the brain. Instead, they remove the refractory period of neurons that are already active and can cause your thoughts, imagination, and perception to utterly magnify itself. This means, once you begin your train of thought.

It becomes the most significant and profound thing ever. You can't see the big picture or even recall your last epiphany because you're caught up in the momentum of a particular idea and your neurons keep firing until a new idea takes hold and you go off on a new tangent. These cannabonoids also affect the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in your brain often leading to a sense of euphoria, relaxation, pain modulation and general enhancement of an experience, though sometimes causing anxiety. Furthermore, there are cannabonoid receptors in areas controlling shortterm memory, learning, coordination, movement control.

How Darwin Can Save Your Marriage

We are designed by evolution to be titillated by erotic novelty, males and females. Given that evolutionary design, it's completely predictable that 10 years of the same thing, whether it's the same music or the same food or the same sex partner, is going to lead to resentment, discomfort, whatever. It'92s going to lead to a diminishment of passion, certainly. So we start with that and then we add to that the notion that we're taught that that shouldn't happen, that if it does happen there's something wrong with you or something wrong with your relationship.'a0.

And so people aren't expecting that to happen, and so they interpret that diminishment of passion as a failure. The point that we're trying to get across in the book is that it's not your fault. It's not your partner's fault. It's the fault of the clash between the sort of animal we are and the sort of society we've designed. And as long as there's that conflict between our biology and our societies, there are going to be these problems. So a harm reduction approach might make a lot more sense than this sort of absolutist approach that a lot of people take where any.

Infidelity, any, you know, my husband looks at porn, that means he doesn't love me anymore. I mean, these sorts of responses to very natural behaviors cause a lot more problems than they solve, I think. I think if marriage is going to survive as an institution, it's going to certainly have to continue adapting to the realities of human nature as opposed to trying to shoehorn human nature into some predetermined shape. The point of marriage is that you want to get old with someone. You want to share your life with someone. Maybe you want to raise children with someone. You want.

To have a certain stability and trust that you couldn't possibly get with shortterm relationships. That's the point of marriage. And by imposing this expectation of sexual exclusivity for 40, 50, 60 years, we're cutting ourselves off from those really important things for something that's essentially trivial. Sex really isn't really that important. It's not that big a deal. And by making it such a big deal, we sabotage things that really are important, these primary relationships.'a0 We have children going through divorces, victimized by the psychological trauma of divorce, over what.

Over what That mommy or daddy had sex with someone else Who cares The problem is, much like the war on drugs, the problem is that we take this absolutist approach to something that people are always going to do. People are always going to smoke marijuana. People are always going to drink alcohol and coffee and whatever. But we make these arbitrary judgments on what's acceptable and what isn'92t, that have nothing to do with the actual harm that anything of these things could cause to people. So we throw people in prison for, you know, growing a marijuana plant on their windowsill.

It makes no sense it causes much more harm than just letting people do what they want to do. And really, whose business is it if a couple decides that they're going to, you know, allow a little casual sexual behavior on the side, especially if, as Dan Savage argues, and I agree, it takes the pressure off the relationship. If the door's open a little bit, you don't feel trapped. It doesn't mean the door has to be swung wide open, but, you know, the fact that it's open a little bit doesn't mean that the.

Do Smart Students Smoke More Pot

Everyone knows that guy or gal who's super smart, and can play soccer while reciting Yeats backwards who also happens to be a SUPER HUGE POTHEAD WHATSUPWITHDAT! Hey y'all, Trace here for DNews. This week a new 30 year, ',000 person Canadian study came out comparing tobacco smoking teens with pot smoking teens. Researchers learned the popularity of pot and cigarettes in 1981 was the opposite of today. Back then cigarettes were the norm and pot was the strange habit now it's swapped! On top of changing of social norms, the study ALSO found, pot smokers do better in school than their tobacco smoking.

Peers! This got us asking is the smart pothead a stereotype Well, it doesn't make you dumber, at least, not for long. A study from Australian National University found the belief of the dumb pothead is based on an accidental statistical bias! Once the researchers began to control for intelligence, income and social ability science found people who smoke pot aren't dumber. And a 2001 study by Harvard found longterm heavy pot users DO mess up their shortterm memory, but if they quit for a month, it comes back. We know IQ can be controversial, but a longterm study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community.

Health took the IQ of 8,000 British children aged 5 and 10 years old in the 1970s. Then they went back to those same people and asked them about their psychological distress and drug use at ages 16 and 30. The researchers controlled for anxiety and depression as a teen, parental social class, and lifetime income levels. By the time the subjects were 30, one in three men and one in six women had used pot! Turns out, men and women with high IQ scores at age 5, were 50percent more likely to be in the using population at 30.

With the brainy ladies using more than the dudes! The researchers decided these smartypants were using either as a coping mechanism, from years of bullying and social exclusion, or perhaps because smarter people crave novel experiences and sensations. They're going to dig deeper with more research. But with all these studies there is no evidence that pot can make us smarter. I did find a study from 2010 which found cannabis users performed better at some semantic memory tests. Basically, the brain connects related words more easily, but that's really it.

It does appear to make you less motivated, though. There is new evidence that marijuana makes it hard to activate the brain's reward system. Their brains are awash with dopamine, but the reward system is blunted by cannabinoids in the herb and fails to give you the getup and go. And new studies show marijuana can be psychologically addictive and require psychotherapy and medication to treat dependency. Bottomline there's NO causation for pot MAKING HUMANS SMARTER. But chances are the honor roll is totally rolling. This makes sense, because the smart kids usually WORK.

Drunk vs Stoned

So you catch them and drop them. Yeah, I got it. Laughing laughing Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six. five. four. Three. two. One. Lift it forward and you catch in your legs. Now bring your leg back up and catch with your hands. Fk you. Uuugghhh!!! Fk you! laughter Hey, Dee. I just wanna like tell you that uhh. You mean a lot to everyone that's here. Umm. Happy Birthday. Umm. Dee Just askshmarmdrghm. I wanna be a fire fighter. I was like I'm going to be lawyer. I wanna get in a fight with fire.

And I'm going to have a black lab. I will go buy ummm. Hanes tshirts. that I will rub around my hands. They won't burn that fk quickly. If I knew what being a lawyer. like what. when I was back. Listen!!! I will kick the fire's ass. Guaranteed. Final Round! Goooldman. dolphin cop! One thing I didn't even taken into consideration when we were doing this is how fking hung over I'd be the day after. I feel pretty good, I slept really, really well. My head hurts, my body hurts.

I have like a cut on my leg and I have no idea how I got it.Oh my God! haha. I woke up this morning and remembered that I had parked my car in a tow away zone and the car got towed. Any thing else you want to add Don't do drugs kids Yeah, that's a good one. So I, uh. I think no matter what. enjoy everything in moderation. and ahh. don't get to a point where you're being an idiot. Because. as you can see it really really sucks either way.

The Secret To A Successful Relationship

Relationships are terrifying. I mean, did you know half of all marriages last forever Ello loves, Julian here for DNews. Alright, first of all the oft quoted statistic that 50 of marriages fail is just plain wrong. The actual number for first marriages is closer to 2025, but that still begs the question why do they fail Why do people who have avowed themselves to one another for their whole lives not go the distance John and Julie Gottman have been pondering that question for decades. By the way, they're both psychologists, and yes, they're married. Feel free to d'a now.

According to the Gottmans, you can actually predict with 94 certainty which relationships will be healthy and which will be festering quagmires of misery and stress simply by how they support each other. Anyone who's been in a relationship knows that sometimes you and your partner's interests don't align. Maybe you like hockey but they're not so hot on it. Or maybe they like camping and you understandably think sleeping on the dirty ground in the woods with no wifi is a terrible way to spend a vacation. But when one person tries to share their interests.

With their significant other, that's a big for emotional support. How often they get that acknowledgment makes all the difference. John Gottman conducted a study where they invited 130 newlywed couples to what looked like a bed and breakfast, but was actually a lab where they could observe the subjects. He was watching for how often one person would say something seemingly inconsequential, like, hey check out that bird, or, I have the weirdest feeling we're being watched. Gottman called these bids for emotional support, and noted how often their partner.

Would respond in a meaningful way. Their findings show that couples stay together when they show bids of interest or support 9 out of 10 times, while couples who only support each other a third of the time split within six years. Ignoring those bids for support and acceptance can have an actual physiological effect. The Gottmans and a team of researchers brought in newlyweds to interview them. They were asked some pretty tough questions on their relationships while electrodes monitored their heart rates, blood flow, and sweatiness. while across the board, everyone responded calmly.

To the questions, some couples showed higher heart rates, blood flow, and sweat production. In other words, their palms were sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. They're nervous, but on the surface they look calm and ready. The stress of being in the same room as their spouse and talking about their relationship caused their sympathetic nervous system to kick in and they had a fightorflight response. Those couples were usually divorced within 6 years. So if you want to have a healthy and less stressful relationship, it's important you both work to actively support each other's emotional bids, even if camping is just the.

Couple arrested after police find marijuana growing operation


Lived there was actually a convicted felon. POLICE ARRESTED TOLES ON THE SPOT, FOLLOWED BY JACKSON. AS OFFICERS WENT THROUGH THE REST OF THE HOME THEY FOUND TWO CHILDREN A 2 YEAR OLD AND SIX MONTH OLD BOTH UNATTENDED. AFTER ENSURING BOTH WERE UNHARMED OFFICERS RELEASED THE KIDS TO GRANDPARENTS. 50 1241' Obviously a very dangerous situation, you have two small children running around, firearms, drugs so we're very thankful that we were able to get these children out of this home and out of this situation.

Pot Smoking Is Twilight Memory Real

You guys, have you seen my omelette Because I totally thought that I just had it. I'm really hungry. Oh, look, a camera. Hello. Welcome to D News, guys and gals. Thanks for stopping by. I'm Trace. As Colorado sees the implementation of legally purchased marijuana, the drug is going to be under increased scrutiny, and we should all be paranoid that the days of pot logic being the only voice in the room are burned down. Pot heads and friends of pot heads alike are familiar with the idea of twilight memory,.

Or memory loss of long term, heavy users. Last year a study by the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that took 25 years to complete, by the way, determined long term use of marijuana will damage the human brain. In fact, the study gave IQ tests to children, and then over time, as some picked up pot and others didn't, they continued to test the subjects. 25 years later, those who were more dependent on cannabis scored lower and lower on IQ tests than those who weren't. The results suggested that pot, over time,.

Makes you less intelligent. They even determined stopping the use of the drug didn't return the IQ to normal. They can't say with 100 certainty pot smoking makes you dumber, but this is some pretty compelling stuff. Now a new study published in Schizophrenia Bulletin tested specifically the connection between the drug and memory impairment. Using brain scanners, the researchers compared normal brains, brains of those with cannabis use disorders, as they called it, and brains of those with schizophrenia. What they found was significant. Those subjects who got blazed not only had their working.

Memory impaired over time, basically, they were more forgetful and had trouble remembering things, but their physical brain structures changed. The stereotype of the forgetful stoner doesn't end when they come down, but instead, their brain is physically altered, perhaps permanently. More study is needed to know how this happens, and what it's doing exactly. Unfortunately, as pot has been illegal for so long, there aren't a good deal of long term studies looking at its effect on human physiology. Now that the legalization wave has started, yes, I assume it's a wave, like the domino effect, only funner,.

Scientists will have more open access to admitted smokers. The tetrahrydrocannabinol, or THC, that gets marijuana users high, has also been linked to psychosis. Thus, the schizophrenia subjects. But more research is needed there, too. I mean, the casual user hasn't really been studied at all. Science. Get on it. Regardless, the idea that pot is somehow magically without a single negative aspect or effect is pretty much completely bunk. There are plenty of negatives to ingesting chemicals, whatever they may be, especially in large quantities. As the saying goes, everything in moderation.

What is Marijuana DetoxWithdrawal Like

Despites its popularity, marijuana is still illegal in many states. Because of this, people often look for ways to quickly detox from it in order to pass drug tests. Unfortunately, unlike other drugs, detox could take a relatively long time. This is because marijuana's active ingredient, THC, is stored in your fat cells, making it detectable in your urine long after you stop taking it. Even after a week, your body still retains 25 to 30 of THC. In fact, for heavy users, full detox can take as long as 90 days.

Some people try to speed up the process by crash dieting for drug tests unfortunately, dieting flushes fat cells into your system, actually making THC more detectable. Since detoxing produces uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, it's not recommended that you detox on your own. Especially if you're someone who combines drinking or using other drugs while taking marijuana. But here's something to consider If you have to detox to get a job, what else might your marijuana use be affecting Your relationships Perhaps you should ask, why do I smoke Is it to forget my problems To cover unhappiness.

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