Science explains: What actually happens to the brain on marijuana?

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, October 4, 2012 16:24 EDT
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This is your brain actually on drugs, according to science. Screenshot via YouTube.
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It’s a cultural zeitgeist in America that “your brain on drugs” is a brutish, violent experience that produces nothing but euphoria at the moment at the expense of the user’s future. But science is a bit more nuanced than that.

The increasingly popular YouTube account AsapSCIENCE has carried some pretty interesting content since it launched, but yesterday’s update might be the best one yet.

The explanation is so simple and concise, it could actually go a long way to dispelling some of the popular myths about why people sometimes act a little strange when they’re smoking the stufff.

In less than three minutes, they explain exactly what happens to your brain when you ingest marijuana. It’s all quite educational, but strikes a good balance by not coming off as preachy or annoying.

Some of the account’s other quickie science injections include explanations of why orgasms feel so good, which comic book superhero powers might be plausible, and why music induces a drug-like state.

This video was published Wednesday, October 3, 2012.


(H/T: Dangerous Minds)

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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