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Casual Marijuana Use Causes Brain Alterations, Researchers Say

Posted on July 8, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Casual Marijuana Use Causes Brain Alterations, Researchers SayWidespread legalization of marijuana appears to be a given. But up until recently, precious little research had been done into the true effects of recreational marijuana use. Unfortunately, this has left a vacuum of information that has largely been filled by propaganda rather than science.

Establishment medicine and the government have been harping about the dangers of pot for decades, to the point where, in the minds of some, their credibility has been damaged. But pro-marijuana forces often seem afraid to concede that there might be any risk associated with mild-to-moderate pot consumption. Consequently, public debate over the issue of marijuana legalization has been less honest and fact-based than it should have been, and most people are not certain just how hazardous the use of this drug really is.

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Methamphetamine Use and Brain Aneurysm

Posted on May 20, 2013 in Stimulants

Brain AneurysmA brain aneurysm is a weakening in the wall of a brain artery that causes that wall to balloon or bulge abnormally. If an artery weakened in this manner bursts open inside the brain, it will trigger a life-threatening form of bleeding called an intracranial hemorrhage. A number of different types of aneurysms can appear at different locations inside the skull. Use of the illegal drug methamphetamine can potentially lead to the development of a form of brain aneurysm known as a berry aneurysm.

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Research Identifies Brain Mechanism Involved in Cocaine Addiction

Posted on January 27, 2012 in Research & News

Understanding cocaine addiction is central to treating it. Scientists have long known that there are certain areas of the brain related to pleasure and reward that are activated by certain behaviors, like eating dessert or using drugs or alcohol. The research in this area has been narrowing down the region and specific neurons involved with cocaine addiction.

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The Salt and Heroin Correlation

Posted on July 25, 2011 in Heroin

New studies are showing that those who may have an addiction to salt, can also be more apt to a cocaine or heroin addiction. Scientists in the United States and Australia have discovered that there is a correlation between salt and other drugs in the hypothalamus portion of the brain.

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Study Finds Psychological Deterioration in Drug Abusers

Posted on February 3, 2011 in Research & News

A new study from researchers at Spain’s University of Granada has found that drug abusers have difficulty identifying negative emotions (such as anger, disgust, fear, and sadness) by their facial expressions. In addition, the study found that regular abuse of alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine usually affects the users’ fluency and decision-making. Cocaine abuse is associated with changes in inhibition, and marijuana and cocaine use negatively affects work memory and reasoning.

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New Study Helps Explain Why Cocaine Is So Addictive

Posted on October 17, 2010 in Cocaine

Researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine have become the first to find a link between specific neurons and alterations in the “reward” people feel after taking cocaine. Mary Kay Lobo, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and first author of the study, said that they found that the two main neurons in the nucleus accumbens (an important part of the brain’s reward center) have opposite effects on cocaine reward.

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Alcohol Dependence Linked to Obesity, Poor Brain Health

Posted on September 10, 2010 in Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol abuse and addiction can increase risk of obesity due to a rise in body mass index (BMI), according to previous research. Now, a new study has found that excessive alcohol use not only heightens BMI, but this increase is also linked to lower levels of brain function as a result of this joint action.

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Study Shows that Teen Drinking May Cause Permanent Damage

Posted on January 26, 2010 in Adolescent Drug Abuse

A recent study led by neuroscientist Susan Tapert of the University of California, San Diego compared the brain scans of teens who drink heavily with the scans of teens who don’t, and found damaged nerve tissue in the brains of the teens who drank. NPR’s Michelle Trudeau writes that the researchers believe this damage negatively affects attention span in boys, as well as girls’ ability to comprehend and interpret visual information.

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Fruit Flies Help Study Effect of Cocaine and Other Drugs on Brain

Posted on December 2, 2009 in Drug Addiction Treatment

New research suggests that fruit flies, which are already used to study dozens of human diseases, could be used as a simpler and more convenient model for studying the effects of cocaine and other drugs on the brain. The study appears online in ACS Chemical Neuroscience, a new monthly journal.

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The Adolescent Brain and Substance Abuse

Posted on September 24, 2009 in Types of Addiction

When some parents discover that their child has been using alcohol or drugs, they brush it off as “inevitable” or assume that it’s okay for adolescents to experiment with substances. However, what many parents may not know is that any amount of “experimenting” can harm their child’s developing brain, sometimes creating irreversible damage.

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