This is your brain on pot: Neuroscientist studies long-term effects of medical marijuana

Comments Print Kayana Szymczak for STAT News Staci A. Gruber, PH.D., Director of the Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core at McLean Hospital. By Leah Samuel STAT  August 17, 2016 BELMONT — 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 the drug again. She didn’t lose interest in the drug, however. Today, she runs the two-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…


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