For today's weed news we go to the great state of Arizona.
For years or perhaps even decades, scientists have suggested that cannabis use amongst teens whose brains are obviously still developing, causes permanent changes in their brains and can thus, ultimately be viewed as harmful.
Well now there is a brand new study out of Arizona State University that has apparently found the opposite to be true!
Some of the data for this study goes back as far as the late 1980s. At that time, researchers began focusing on a sample of 200 male participants in Pittsburgh who were apparently kids with so-called "conduct issues" which also included the use of pot.
Their brains were scanned and scientists recorded and analyzed the amount of cannabis that each of these kids consumed and compared them using what they saw on the scaned images.
Some 20 to 30 years later many of these subjects were tracked down and had their brains rescanned only to find out that there was really no difference and the way that their brains had developed as compared to people who were of similar age and had never been cannabis consumers.
"Even boys with the highest level of cannabis exposure in adolescence showed subcortical brain volumes and cortical brain volumes and thickness in adulthood that were similar to boys with almost no exposure to cannabis throughout adolescence," concluded the researchers of the study.
The lead author, of this study Madeline Maier, even went on to state that "reviews of these studies have revealed that, although a few studies have found evidence of an association between an earlier age of onset of cannabis use and adult brain structure, most studies have not."
So to me it sounds like we are on the cusp of disproving yet another favorite myth and talking point of the anti-cannabis community.
I want to give a big shoutout to Madeline Maier and her team for taking the time to investigate this issue and I hope that more studies about how cannabis smoke effects young brains will continue to be funded to help unlock the truth about what really happens when you introduce cannabis to a young mind.
But I guess at this point, we have studies proving both sides of the argument so it looks like somebody is going to need to do some more research before we can decide one way or the other.
Anyway, right now, that's what's up in Arizona.
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