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Get Rich in Colorado with Pot and Ibuprofen

LEGAL! That’s one small step for man…

The legal sale of marijuana for recreational use makes the state of Colorado a guinea pig for the rest of the country and others all around the world. Fortunately, we did not wake up to news of chaos, riots, or general incivility (due directly to weed, that is).

But that’s not much of a surprise, is it? There isn’t much of a connection between marijuana and antisocial behavior, and in reality, marijuana may decrease aggression (particularly compared to alcohol) as shown by a number of studies dating back to 1976. Just 38 years later, here we are today.

On the other hand, studies show the withdrawal symptoms of pot to be pretty harsh, and including aggressive behavior, so taking away the drug once it has been legalized is probably not recommended.

In general, studies do show that heavy pot use, particularly among younger users, is associated with changes in brain structure. Importantly, people in Colorado must be over 21 to purchase the drug, but all users should remember that the frontal lobe (responsible for decision-making and judgment) does not fully develop until age 25.

WTFreud

Aside from a serious case of the munchies, marijuana can also lead to memory problems. And according to a recent study, this might actually be easily reduced with a spoonful of medicine. Ibuprofen, actually (e.g., Motrin, Advil, etc.). These over-the-counter pain remedies block the release of the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2, which is increased when smokin’ dope and can lead to forgetfulness. Score one for human ingenuity!

Studies like this could lead to the first FDA-approved treatment for the side effects of marijuana use, which is particularly important to patients using the plant for medicinal purposes.

It’s also important, however, for the idiot parents who leave edible medical marijuana around their young children. Researchers in Colorado have pointed to a significant increase in accidental ingestion by those under age 12. Come on, people! Let’s wait a few years before letting our kids ride the soul train, shall we?

The world will be carefully watching as the effects of legal recreational pot take hold, and so perhaps a public service announcement needs to go out to all users, suggesting at least a few hundred mg of ibuprofen with every rip of bongzilla.

WTFreud


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