Marijuana may help binge-drinking brain - News - The Independent Collegian - University of Toledo student newspaper

A study was done to find out how much worse it is to smoke marijuana while binge drinking than to just binge drink alone. The government constantly funds such studies in a desperate attempt to prove that there is SOMETHING dangerous about marijuana. But, guess what! Surprise! Marijuana shields the brains of binge drinkers from the damage that alcohol causes. This is why I assert that marijuana should be made available on college campuses at any event where alcohol is served. Let's move people away from the deadly scourge of booze and toward the healing bliss of cannabis! The Independent Collegian

Marijuana may help binge-drinking brain                                           By Kevin Moore                                                                             Binge drinkers who also smoke marijuana may suffer less brain damage than drinkers who do not smoke marijuana, according to a recent study done by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and published by Neurotoxicology and Teratology magazine.The study, which was performed and published in late July, analyzed brain scans of 16 to 19-year-old males and females to compare the amount of white brain matter damage. White brain matter contains nerve fibers and is one of the two components of the central nervous system, according to the National Institutes of Health's Web site.The study compared the damage to white brain matter between those who regularly engage in binge drinking and marijuana usage to those who solely participated in binge drinking and those who did neither. For the purpose of this study, binge drinking was defined as having five drinks during one sitting for males and four drinks during one sitting for females.The results of the study showed those who only participated in binge drinking had damage in all eight sections of the brain, while those who used marijuana regularly only showed damage in three out of the eight sections. "Clearly, the marijuana group did better," said Director of Communication for the Marijuana Policy Project Bruce Mirken. "The marijuana plant is a heavy carrier of cannabinoids, of which there is much evidence to suggest that they can serve as a neural protector.

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