Friday, January 24, 2014

Marijuana Scientific Study - THC-exposed offspring were more goal oriented and harder working

Rats that smoked marijuana in their teen years are more likely to have offspring that seek out heroin.

Grandchildren of the pot smoking rats became raging alcoholics.

Great grandchildren of the stoner rats preferred to attend raves and roll on Molly or MDMA.

Scientist can only speculate as to which horrible substance the next generation of rats will enjoy.

(This study was done by Chester and his friends behind the 7-11 on Main.)

Okay, the real study wasn't that far out there, but almost.

Besides they misinterpret the results.

"THC-exposed offspring worked harder to self-administer heroin by pressing a lever multiple times to get heroin infusion."

You could just as easily say "THC-exposed offspring were more goal oriented and harder working."

 The study is published online January 22, 2014, in Neuropsychopharmacology.

"Our study emphasizes that cannabis [marijuana] affects not just those exposed, but has adverse affects on future generations," said Yasmin Hurd, PhD, the study's senior author, and professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "Finding increased vulnerability to drug addiction and compulsive behavior in generations not directly exposed is an important consideration for legislators considering legalizing marijuana."

In the study, Dr Hurd and colleagues gave adolescent male rats 1.5 mg/kg of THC, similar to about one joint in human use. None of the rats had been exposed to THC before, but their parents were exposed to THC as teens and then mated later in life. THC-exposed offspring worked harder to self-administer heroin by pressing a lever multiple times to get heroin infusion.

Although marijuana use and safety tends to be discussed in terms of its impact to the individual during the lifetime, few studies have addressed adverse effects in future generations.

Full story here 


Mr. Shife said...

Interesting. I guess I'm going to have a lot of friends who have teenagers with heroin problems. Have a good weekend, texlahoma.

texlahoma said...

Mr. Shife - I wouldn't put much stock in this study.
I suspect the rats were offered only heroin, like sit around in the cage and do nothing or push a button repeatedly and get a reward, the only reward offered up was heroin.

Since legal marijuana is making an obvious economic impact, I would expect a whole slew of studies siting the evils of this sacred herb.
Probably paid for, secretly, by companies that see marijuana as competition, maybe Phillip Morris or Anheuser Busch.

Galt-in-Da-Box said...

Must've been some Awfully tiny bongs...I wonder where they had 'em made?

texlahoma said...

Galt -


I just got a mental image of a rat with a tiny little bong, looking both ways before he passes it to a friend, over by the wheel.


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