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What cannabis actually does to your brain

What cannabis actually does to your brain
Like with all herbal remedies, they are just as serious as man-made meds but weed won't put a rational person in a psych ward. Yes, it can. I've seen it happen. There's also this episode of The Nature of Things (a Canadian science documentary program) that talks about it: [] [] Apparently there's a genetic marker that can cause an otherwise healthy, if sensitive person, to undergo a psychotic break with the overuse of marijuana. Ok, out of the millions upon millions of people who have used marijuana, how many do you know in a psych ward? If you are referring to folks who overuse, like alcoholics, drug addicts, quadruple espresso drinkers, pack of smokes a day smokers, or 10 hr internet surfers, then you are referring to individuals with problems....not a problematic substance. I agree genetically altering marijuana to be over stuffed with THC is bad, but a natural, untampered plant with it's original levels of THC is fine. I just ask, please stop blaming the marijuana. Related:  Cool Shit to Know

Battered person syndrome Battered person syndrome is a physical and psychological condition of a person who has suffered (usually persistent) emotional, physical, or sexual abuse from another person.[1] It is classified as ICD-9 code 995.81 "Battered person syndrome" not elsewhere classified (NEC). The condition is the basis for the battered woman defense that has been used in cases of physically and psychologically abused women who have killed their abusers. The condition was first researched extensively by Lenore Walker, who used Martin Seligman's learned helplessness theory to explain why abused women stayed in destructive relationships.[2] Diagnosis[edit] Symptoms[edit] Additionally, repeated cycles of violence and reconciliation can result in the following beliefs and attitudes:[7] Causes[edit] The syndrome develops in response to a three-stage cycle found in domestic violence situations. Feelings of depression and passivity may also be created by lack of social support outside of the abusive situation.

What is quantum superposition? - Curiosity Quantum matter can be difficult to study. While physicists have come a long way in the research of this microscopic science, some things are still a mystery because quantum matter can behave so erratically. Einstein's theory of relativity and various other laws of physics tend to fall apart at the subatomic level of quantum physics, because photons -- or tiny particles of light -- seem to change form randomly, and possibly change simply in observation. Quantum superposition is the term physicists use to describe the manner in which quantum particles appear to exist in all states simultaneously. Recently, scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, produced the first experiment in which quantum superposition in a visible object was observed.

Single dose of 'magic mushrooms' hallucinogen may create lasting personality change, study suggests A single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called "magic mushrooms," was enough to bring about a measurable personality change lasting at least a year in nearly 60 percent of the 51 participants in a new study, according to the Johns Hopkins researchers who conducted it. Lasting change was found in the part of the personality known as openness, which includes traits related to imagination, aesthetics, feelings, abstract ideas and general broad-mindedness. Changes in these traits, measured on a widely used and scientifically validated personality inventory, were larger in magnitude than changes typically observed in healthy adults over decades of life experiences, the scientists say. "Normally, if anything, openness tends to decrease as people get older," says study leader Roland R. The study participants completed two to five eight-hour drug sessions, with consecutive sessions separated by at least three weeks.

Emergency writing motivation techniques | Brain Hacks for Writers If you want to write right now but just don’t feel motivated, here are some immediate ways to get fired up. Any one of them might do the trick: pick whichever seems most likely or appealing and give it a try. If it doesn’t get you right on track, try another one. No self-motivation trick is sure-fire, and we often tend to feel that if we’re not motivated now, there’s no way to get motivated, but there’s strong evidence in psychological and neurological research that we can change our moods, focus, and motivation–in fact, our emotional and motivational states can change very quickly, given the right setup. Keep in mind that just reading this list isn’t going to motivate you—it’s doing one or more of the things this section describes that will make the change. Get a little exercise. If something’s bothering you, fix your thoughts. Visualize a result you like. Just start typing. Meditate. Why did you decide to write this piece? If you feel overwhelmed, focus on one thing. Write it out.

Learned helplessness Learned helplessness is behavior typical of a human or non-human animal and occurs where an animal endures repeatedly painful or otherwise aversive stimuli which it is unable to escape or avoid. After such experience, the organism often fails to learn or accept "escape" or "avoidance" in new situations where such behavior would likely be effective. In other words, the organism learned that it is helpless in situations where there is a presence of aversive stimuli and has accepted that it has lost control, and thus gives up trying. Such an organism is said to have acquired learned helplessness.[1][2] Learned helplessness theory is the view that clinical depression and related mental illnesses may result from such real or perceived absence of control over the outcome of a situation. [3] Foundation of research and theory[edit] Early key experiments[edit] In Part 2 of the experiment the same three groups of dogs were tested in a shuttle-box apparatus. Later experiments[edit] Depression[edit]

Unexplainable emotion McMaster University Researchers: Anti-Depressants Likely Do More Harm Than Good Source: McMaster Daily News Commonly prescribed anti-depressants appear to be doing patients more harm than good, say researchers who have published a paper examining the impact of the medications on the entire body. “We need to be much more cautious about the widespread use of these drugs,” said Paul Andrews, an evolutionary biologist at McMaster and lead author of the article, published in the online journal Frontiers in Psychology. “It’s important because millions of people are prescribed anti-depressants each year, and the conventional wisdom about these drugs is that they’re safe and effective.” Andrews and his colleagues examined previous patient studies into the effects of anti- depressants and determined that the benefits of most anti-depressants, even taken at their best, compare poorly to the risks, which include premature death in elderly patients. What the researchers found is that anti-depressants have negative health effects on all processes normally regulated by serotonin.

Better Writing Through Writing About Writing | Brain Hacks for Writers My life is fairly crammed, and writing time is hard to come by. Today I got one of those precious blocks of time in which I could write for several hours almost without interruption, yet as I fired up the computer, I felt not excited about the prospect, but worried and on edge. I also felt a little unsure: I had several projects I could be working on and was waffling on which one to choose. I could have just plunged in and begun working on whatever seemed easiest, most obvious, or most attractive, and if I got deeply enough into the writing that I achieved flow, that might have gone well. On the other hand, it’s possible that my concern that I might be working on the wrong thing or my general unexplored discomfort might have seriously interfered with my ability to focus. So instead of starting by writing, I started by writing down my thoughts about writing. Just writing freely about problems is a good approach, but it can be especially effective to write to a specific purpose.