Russell Carr 
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Re: “Hysteria Over Childhood Marijuana Exposure Is Disproportionate To Harms

The author evidently misses the point. The issue is not fatalities. The issue is the damage to the developing brain. Brain development in children is a highly choreographed event. Everything has to occur in the appropriate sequence and the developing events must occur at the right time and must be fully functional because downstream development very frequently relies on the correct development of earlier functions. Ingestion of a neuroactive compound can lead to inappropriate signals in the brain that could delay or disrupt just one event and this change has the potential for the disruption of multiple future events. We don't have to worry about this with adult brains but this is a big concern with children's brain. The effects may not be devastating as you would normally think about with "brain damage" but would probably be more subtle such as effects on intelligence, emotional responses, and other behaviors. As far as Granger Null's comment, we all produce natural endocannabinoids in our brain but they are produced at appropriate times and at appropriate levels. When you add in cannabis from the outside is when you throw a rock into the system.

Posted by Russell Carr on 01/14/2016 at 2:06 PM

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