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I read a study today that suggested that the regular use of “pot” alters your amygdala. The study reports cognitive effects of “alterations in brain function during tasks requiring executive control, including inhibition and decision-making” (Altered affective response in marijuana smokers: An FMRI study).
A subsequent article in The Economist cited another study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. This study found that “physiological changes to these regions could therefore mean that an individual’s ability to make pleasure-related decisions—such as deciding to stop smoking pot—may be impaired” (Marijuana; Baked brains, Apr 16th 2014)
I see this as an interesting possible physiological explanation for what I had always just assumed was an ideological schism in our society.
In stoner culture, food and music and humor and emotions and art take on a new value. This has always been, in my mind, a response to the outdated system of morality in this society. One man’s deadly sin is another man’s passion. We’re not Stepford Wives, people.
That being said, after reading these studies which have scientific credit and I’m forced to revisit my stance.