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Yasmin Hurd raises rats on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that will blow your mind.
Though they look normal, their lives are anything but, and not just because of the pricey real estate they call home on the 10th floor of a research building near Mount Sinai Hospital. For skeptics of the movement to legalize marijuana, the rodents are canaries in the drug-policy coal mine. For defenders of legalization, they are curiosities. But no one doubts that something is happening in the creatures’ trippy little brains.
In the past, scientists have found that rats exposed to THC in their youth will show changes in their brain in adulthood. But Hurd asked a different question: Could parental marijuana exposure pass on changes to the next generation, even to offspring who had never been exposed to the drug?
She then trained the children to play a game alone in a box. The prize: heroin. Press one lever to get a shot of saline into the jugular vein. Press the other to get a rush of opiates. Initially, the rats with THC-exposed parents performed about the same as the rats with sober parents. But when Hurd’s team changed the rules, requiring the rats to work harder for the drug, differences emerged. The rats with drug-using parents pushed the lever more than twice as much. They wanted the heroin more.
“This data tells us we are passing on more things that happen during our lifetimes to our kids and grandkids,”
The effects are generally less severe than those of tobacco and alcohol, which together cause more than 560,000 American deaths annually. Unlike booze, marijuana isn’t a neurotoxin, and unlike cigarettes, it has an uncertain connection to lung cancer.
originally posted by: Sublimecraft
Just legalise it, for Gods sake, it is the wonder-plant of wonder plants
originally posted by: simplesurfer
a reply to: Pimpish
did you know the London school of medicine did a large study on kidney disease
and they discovered that one teaspoon of baking soda disolved in a glass
of water per day was enough to reduce the necessity of dialysis by 2/3 in patients with kidney conditions..? Meaning people who previously needed dialysis no longer had to have it, Maybe try that first thing in the morning
and see how you feel ...
originally posted by: JAY1980
Kinda eye opening when you think every drunk, smoker, junkie in your family tree could be effecting you on a genetic level. Thanks ancestors!
originally posted by: VoidHawk
Many years ago when the BBC produced 'less biassed' science programs (Horizon) they showed a study done on rats in a maze. They placed rats in a maze and let them learn the route through the maze, they then found that the children of those rats found the route almost imediately!
Rats are Rats, they are not the same as people.