Myth: Permanent brain damage is one of the inevitable results of the use of marijuana.
The Truth: While other drugs like methamphetamine do kill brain cells marijuana has no such effect. Actually it has been recently proven to cause regeneration of brain cells which in it self was previously though impossible. (link1, link2)
tThis myth had some support 30 years ago from some “scientific” studies. These famous examples of junk science forced monkeys to smoke excessive amounts of pot through a gas mask. The researchers actually adminstered 63 joints worth of marijuana in five minutes with no air in between. The monkeys began to atrophy and die after 90 days. It is not really big news that asphyxiation kills brain cells. Jack Herer discusses these studies in his famous book The Emporer Wears No Clothes. According to Herer, and I agree, studies of this kind are part of a government conspiracy against marijuana. It’s not just the US government either, look at the gutter science coming out of the UK recently, Schitzophrenia “study”.
While marijuana use does not kill normal brain cells there is another kind of brain cell it does kill. There is a growing body of evidence that marijuana has the ability to kill brain cancer cells, while it does not affect normal cells (link1, link2). Cannabis could acutally be the cure for cancer (study, Rick Simpson story). Rick Simpson has been producing “hemp oil” for years at his home in Nova Scotia, Canada. He has cured cancer in himself and many others. Marijuana has successfully been used to cure many different kinds of cancer. Unfortunately the medical establishment has ignored these incredible results.
Despite the fact that no real scientific study has shown any permenant brain damage supporters of prohibition still argue that marijuana kills brain cells. The findings from the monkey studies in the 70s have not been duplicated and have been disproved by more recent studies.
- Heath, R.G., et al. “Cannabis Sativa: Effects on Brain Function and Ultrastructure in Rhesus Monkeys.”Biological Psychiatry 15 (1980): 657-690.