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Pot smokers with this genetic variant could face addiction risks similar to those who smoke cigarettes

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, for those of us who can remember them, marijuana was widely regarded as not being addictive, compared to other drugs and of course to cigarettes. We smoked often just because we liked it and it was part of our social structure. But there may have been more to it.

 

Today, with decriminalization of cannabis spreading across the country, researchers are trying to learn more about the ways our brains are affected by the plant. And one of the things we're finding is that pot may be more addictive than we thought.  A recent study in Nature Neuroscience suggests that for people with a certain genetic variant, pot may be addictive in much the same way as cigarettes.

 

To continue reading go to Genetic Literacy Project, where this post first appeared.

 

 

 

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