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    Smoking 3,000 Joints Is Bad for Your Brain, Study Finds

    (Nov. 16) -- This news may be something of a buzz-kill.

    A new study shows that subjects who began smoking pot before age 16 scored significantly worse on cognitive function tests than both nonsmokers and those who picked up the habit later in life.

    The research, presented Monday at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, analyzed tests performed on 33 chronic marijuana smokers -- the scientific term for "stoner" -- and 26 nonsmokers. Lead researcher Staci Gruber and her team from the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital found that chronic smokers demonstrated an inability to retain a set of rules and repeated errors more frequently than the nonsmokers. (One wonders whether this explains why California failed to pass Proposition 19.)

    "Even before any behavioral differences, we found that those who started smoking before 16 years old tended to smoke twice as often and three times the amount of marijuana in grams than chronic smokers who started smoking later in life," Gruber said.

    According to ABC News, "Researchers defined chronic marijuana use as smoking pot at least five of the last seven days and a minimum of 3,000 joints in a lifetime."

    Your reaction to this definition may be similar to that of Gawker's Max Read:

    "Three thousand joints! That's maybe not such a big deal to old hippies, but the average age of study participants was 22. So, participants who started smoking at age 18 would have had to smoke about two joints a day to be defined as 'chronic,' and those who started smoking at 16 would be sparking about 10 joints a week, every week, since that time. (How's that for cognitive function, science?) Which isn't impossible, obviously! But that's a rather high bar for 'chronic,' isn't it?"

    Cheech and Chong might have reason to be concerned, but it's going to take a lot of "South Park" episodes and Pink Floyd albums for the average high school stoner to make up all that ground before turning 22.

    Of course, Gruber and her colleagues intentionally studied habitual marijuana smokers, admitting that further research would be required before drawing conclusions on those who only indulge occasionally.

    "It's impossible to tell whether our results would be the same in moderate smokers," Gruber said. "But there are even more of those people out there, so that will be the next place we go for our research."
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    a very skewed test from test subjects that don't likely exist in the real world in order to get results that make marijuana bad, oh the horror!

    Seriously, anything in that kind of mass consumption is bad, including water.
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    Is a "joint" classed as a pure-cannabis, standard skin sized cigarette? I mix mine 1/3 with tobacco and I didn't start smoking until I was 22 so I have a long way to go before I hit that 3000 joints mark.

    Ditto the above post anyway.

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    I hear that at the annual meeting for the Society for Neuroscience you can score an once pretty easily.
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    what

    I think that 3000 over a lifetime isn't that much. If my calculations are correct that is only 1 a day for 8 years 2 months. From my late teens to mid 20's I probably came close to that number.
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    I smoke two joints in the morning, I smoke 2,998 joints at night......

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    Of course it's bad for your brain because by the time you smoke that elusive 3000th joint, there won't be anything else to eat in the room.....but your brain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeautifulGirl5150 View Post
    I smoke two joints in the morning, I smoke 2,998 joints at night......
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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    Of course it's bad for your brain because by the time you smoke that elusive 3000th joint, there won't be anything else to eat in the room.....but your brain.

    LMFAO!

    God that cracked me up . Anywhoo, I love smoking weed but even if I had all the money in the world I still wouldnt smoke it daily. Its like every-day sex or a Christmas-every-day, screw to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    Of course it's bad for your brain because by the time you smoke that elusive 3000th joint, there won't be anything else to eat in the room.....but your brain.
    Ha Ha

    You're right. I don't think that Costco sells Popsicles in the quantities I would need to consume 3000 joints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WinterlessIceness View Post
    LMFAO!

    God that cracked me up . Anywhoo, I love smoking weed but even if I had all the money in the world I still wouldnt smoke it daily. Its like every-day sex or a Christmas-every-day, screw to that.
    I'm the same way, only difference I'd love to smoke it every day though. It's just once that smoke enters my lungs.....I can't control the hunger. It's out of my control. I must eat. I must.

    So that's really the only reason I don't smoke it every day.
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    I bet drinking 3000 bottles of wine is not good for the liver. Just a guess.
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    Smoking 3,000 Joints Is Bad for Your Brain, Study Finds


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    Let's see........, averaged 1 joint a day for the past 23 yrs...............so 365 days in a year..........um.......uh........................

 

 

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