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** Does Smoking Pot Make You Dumb? Stoners Respond to Latest Research **

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-Max Cherney-

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November 11, 2014 // 09:00 AM EST

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For years, researchers have been producing studies about the effects of
chronic marijuana use on our brains. Many say the drug is harmful in one
way or another after long term, chronic use; others say it’s neutral
or even helpful.

Yet another study came out this week, funded by the National Institute for
Drug Abuse and published in the /Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences/. This study, which included 48 adult marijuana users, concluded
that chronic pot users have a smaller orbitofrontal cortex—which is
involved in the cognitive processing of decision-making and sometimes
related to addiction. But, on the other hand, the test subject’s
brains showed increased connectivity, suggesting that they compensated for
the loss of gray matter.

In other words, it’s a wash. Lose some brain cells, gain connectivity
in your brain to make up for it. Unfortunately, given the lack of consensus
in the field, it still feels like we don’t know if smoking pot makes
you permanently dumb. So, I decided to


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