Neuroscientist studies long-term effects of medical marijuana

BELMONT, Mass. — Staci Gruber vividly remembers her first hit of marijuana, back when she was in college. It made her so paranoid, she locked herself in a bathroom. She couldn’t decide whether to remain in hiding or to run. But she knew she’d never try pot again.She didn’t lose interest in the drug, however. Today, she runs the 2-year-old Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery, or MIND, project at McLean Hospital in this suburb of Boston. With cognitive testing and neuroimaging, MIND is conducting a longitudinal study of medical marijuana. “There’s a lot we don’t know about long-term effects, and that’s what I’m here to find out,” Gruber said. article continues after advertisement Gruber, 49, has already made her mark on the field. She ran a small study, published in 2013,…


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