April 16, 2014 / by / 27 Comments

In a ground-breaking announcement that has shaken the very foundation of society, a recent study has discovered that frequent marijuana use can impact the human brain. No, really! It’s crazy, right?

The study, which comes on the heels of several states, including Washington and Colorado, legalizing recreational marijuana use and many more legalizing medicinal marijuana use, revealed that young adults who smoke marijuana on a weekly basis can experience a decrease in the size, density, and activity within parts of the brain responsible for motivation (the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala). I KNOW. Who would’ve imagined marijuana could possibly maybe make people less motivated?

A Visual Re-Creation of the Study

A Visual Re-Creation of the Study

The news, an unwelcome wake-up call for the five people who assumed marijuana to be a “magical mystery drug with no ill effects nuh-uh, never ever” likely comes as a pleasant reminder to many people that spending more time smoking weed will make you permanently less worried about more stressful things.

The totally unbelievable earth-shattering announcement is sure to have political ramifications as well, as anti-legalization politicians are bound to use the study as fodder for their efforts. This is certainly the logical thing to do, since marijuana may be the only potentially brain-altering substance to ever be legalized in the United States and is obviously more detrimental than any other legal substance ever.

While the study itself revealed several phenomenal revelations, Dr. Jodi Gilman, lead author and a researcher in the Massachusetts General Center for Addiction Medicine, admits there is certainly more to be examined. “The next important thing to investigate is how these structural abnormalities relate to functional outcomes,” she explained. “Currently we don’t know how much marijuana is safe and I think this study shows that we should be cautious about marijuana use in adolescents and young adults whose developing brain may be even more susceptible to cannabis-induced changes.”

So remember: the next time you consider smoking marijuana consistently over a month-long period of time, it could affect your motivation in the immediate future and in the long-term future as well maybe – so have plenty of weed stored up for when you’re not motivated to do anything else.