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New Research Reveals Brain Abnormalities in Young, “Casual” Marijuana Users

An article in The Boston Globe reports that according to a new study “Young adults who occasionally smoke marijuana show abnormalities in two key areas of their brain related to emotion, motivation, and decision making, raising concerns that they could be damaging their developing minds at a critical time.” While previous studies have identified brain changes in heavy marijuana users, this study “is believed to be the first to demonstrate such abnormalities in young, casual smokers.” Though “The study did not address whether the brain changes are permanent,” researches believe the results are important to consider in the debate surrounding the use of medical marijuana.

Read it in The Boston Globe.