News flash: pot use affects motivation and emotion

Researchers in Boston find that casual pot use (one - seven joints a week) changes the size, shape and density of the nucleus accumbens and the nucleus amygdala, regions of the brain that regulate emotion and motivation.

More study is needed to determine the specific effects of the changes which appear different than the effects of consuming alcohol.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy partially funded the work.


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  • Tricky
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    Dude. I was going to read the link, but just couldn't work up the motivation.
    16 Apr 2014, 07:52 AM Reply Like
  • Archman Investor
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    Yes!! Legalize it! Legalize it!


    Tell our kids for a few decades that it's the gateway drug to other drugs and how bad it is, blah blah blah and now....legalize it!!




    Whatever. This country is done.
    16 Apr 2014, 07:59 AM Reply Like
  • ejm602
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    lol @ "news flash"...I don't think this news will impact any healthcare ETF's but I appreciate the editors' sense of humor. Good to know you can smoke 7 joints a week and still be considered a casual user.
    16 Apr 2014, 08:14 AM Reply Like
  • Philip Turet
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    And, you can have a glass of wine every night for a week and still not be considered a habitual drunkard!! Who knew!!
    17 Apr 2014, 08:36 PM Reply Like
  • sara706
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    Legalizing it takes away the profits from the Cartels. The people that want to use it will buy it from whoever is selling it. Legalizing it does not mean more people will take up the habit. For example we are not all Alcoholics or Smokers!
    19 Apr 2014, 10:15 AM Reply Like
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