Study Suggests that Baby Mice Shouldn’t Do Bong Hits

July 25, 2013 | Bucky Turco

According to a new study, young people mice shouldn’t smoke weed until they’ve reached adulthood. Researchers from the Maryland School of Medicine found that the rodents they got stoned during adolescence were more susceptible to brain abnormalities as adults.

“In the adult mice exposed to marijuana ingredients in adolescence, we found that cortical oscillations were grossly altered, and they exhibited impaired cognitive abilities,” says the study’s lead author, a Ph.D. candidate with a great name: Sylvina Mullins Raver. I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds not good.

The research team says the findings could have implications for humans. Or not, since the federal government makes it virtually impossible to conduct cannabis studies in the U.S. on anything but lab animals.

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