What Does Marijuana Do To Your Brain?


The world doesn't really need another discussion on whether marijuana should be legalized or not, but I think it is interesting to see exactly what effects the drug has on your brain.

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Marijuana. Legalize it or not? That’s the question many states are debating; whether to legalize the recreational or medical use of Mary Jane. The arguments that marijuana is an addictive substance an...

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14 thoughts on “What Does Marijuana Do To Your Brain?”

  1. The science is interesting, but the author doesn't really seem to have a handle on the reasons for/against legalization. And maybe it was his intention to ignore that particular debate in the interest of just offering some information.

  2. I don't believe this fully encompasses the truth of the affects on the brain with marijuana use (having seen varying affects that are not even mentioned here) . And it definitely doesn't address the affects that these changes in the brain have on everything else in life.

    Personally, at this point I don't care. People are going to do it either way. I have my stance, and I will make my own choices :)

    Of course... my thinking comes from the radical Christian view that we are allowed to make our own choices in life...

    (sorry +Eoghann Irving I had to add religion just because you mentioned you are bored of it! lol I'm just having fun)

  3. Honestly, all of this is a bunch of hooey... I may get backlash on this, but lets be honest with ourselves. The only negative thing you can see in that chart is the memory issue (which I'm pretty sure I recently saw they debunked the long term effects on memory, but I'd need to find that study in order to say that with confidence). Either way, 1 negative vs TONS of positives (marijuana can relieve over 200 symptoms of serious illnesses, a few of these symptoms being listed in the chart).

    Imagine putting up the same chart for almost ANY prescription drug. The benefits to your system would be far less than the negatives. Including that you could die. Now imagine that same chart for alcohol. Again... death being an option. Suddenly, our marijuana chart would look promising.

    Of course a chart that says it will affect your memory looks bad, but that chart also doesn't mention your alternatives that could possibly kill you. Think about it. You form an illness that is extremely painful. What would you prefer? A drug that can relieve over 200 of your symptoms with only 1 minor (and not yet solid) side effect OR a legal prescription that may provide only minor relief but cause far more problems including possible death. hmmm.....

    There is NOTHING negative about marijuana use for many people suffering. The only problem there has ever been with marijuana is possibly the people using it. Yes, there are potheads that sit around and do nothing but smoke pot. We all know the stereotype. But let me assure you that this is the persons fault, not the pot. With or without the pot they would be lazy. Why do i say this? Because for every one of them, there are a couple more "potheads" who no one even knows exist. The kind that use it for medicinal reasons, or even for recreation. But ONLY after they've handled their responsibilities. They are productive members of society and there's nothing wrong with their use of pot.

    This chart needs to better depict these side effects. Given alone some might look bad. Given with your alternatives, this looks amazing!

  4. I get that. But such things are fuel for the anti side and are misleading. It displays facts without putting them into perspective. Which is fine. But again... Looking at the facts may make you look at this and say "oh no! memory loss. can't fight the facts. pot is bad!"... but it would never occur to you that someone using marijuana may have no other alternatives but very harsh and risky prescriptions. Like i said it's the difference between "oh no" and "yay"

  5. I can't imagine anyone anti-legalization using this chart. It makes it very clear (as does the accompanying text).

    What you are asking for is for them to bias the chart to favor of the side you are on.

  6. Side effects can be anywhere from probable to mildly possible. So, to discount the negatives as hooey is not always the best way to view it. It can be a gateway drug for the individual who has a highly addictive personality. All drugs have their positives and negatives, and the individual should always weigh the benefits with the risks.

  7. there was not only 1 negative affect. How you word things makes a difference as well. My husband and I have had fun with wording to prove a point, that you can make anything sound good with the proper tone, or usage of words as well.

    I won't get into the specific debate. Again, I don't care. I know too many people that screw up a LOT while doing marijuana. But again, that is their choice, and I cannot make it for them, even if it is destroying their family.

    Now, that is also for a recreational use view, not a medicinal view.

  8. +Eoghann Irving that is absurd. I'm not asking them to "bias" the chart. I'm asking them to show the whole picture. Again, just stating the facts can often be misleading. Given the wording everything is reduced, altered, impaired. Even when speaking positively, they always use a negative word. Add that to the fact that BY ITSELF, these facts show that marijuana DOES affect the brain. That alone is enough for some to see this as a warning. Whereas comparisons would have shown a better picture. Additional details matter. And yes, I take issue with a learning tool that can be used to manipulate. It's just the kind of thing politicians LOVE. Misleading charts, facts, and figures... They are the holy grail because they ARE fact.

    If I told you that I killed 5 people it would look pretty bad right? If you then found out that I killed 5 people who were in the process of brutally beating my child, you might see it different. The details matter.

    PS - Don't think for a second that the little added part at the bottom is helpful. 9% of people surveyed used marijuana once and became dependent? That is a misleading and possibly false number. I'd have to look into it, but that number must be based on personal account. It's my understanding that the only possible dependence is of a mental nature and would take far more than 1 use to create a dependence. Add that to the fact that the typical marijuana user doesn't even experience effects the first time, and I question this 100%. The chart may be neutral, but to me it does more harm than good.

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