A lazy stoner. It’s a stereotype for sure, but what’s going on in the brain to make pot smokers that way? Trace explains.
Long-term cannabis use may blunt the brain’s motivation system
“Long-term cannabis users tend to produce less dopamine, a chemical in the brain linked to motivation, a study has found.”
Dopaminergic Function in Cannabis Users and Its Relationship to Cannabis-Induced Psychotic Symptoms
“Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug globally, and users are at increased risk of mental illnesses including psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.”
How Marijuana Works
“Although banned by the U.S. federal government in 1937, it is estimated that 14.8 million Americans use marijuana, which is roughly the population of Calcutta, India.”
Study: Marijuana Not Linked With Long Term Cognitive Impairment
“The idea that “marijuana makes you dumb” has long been embodied in the stereotype of the slow, stupid stoner, seen in numerous Hollywood movies and TV comedies and going unquestioned by much of American culture.”
Effects of Long-Term Marijuana Use on the Brain Shown Similar To Other Addicting Drugs
“Long-term use of marijuana produces changes in the brain that are similar to those seen after long-term use of other major drugs of abuse such as cocaine, heroin, and alcohol.”
What Are the Risks of Low Dopamine Levels?
“Low dopamine levels can contribute to a number of health issues, including depression, weight gain, and loss of motor control.”
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