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Thursday, August 26, 2004

About A Brain, II 

Other conventional wisdom has been that smoking pot induces psychosis and that excessive Anandamide (an endogenous cannabinoid: something your body makes which is what naturally acts on the system TCH does) was a possible cause of schizophrenia. Studies were done and researchers found that in schizophrenics, Anadamide was hugely increased, and that established a link.

However, as anyone who takes research methods seriously will remind you: correlation does not equal causation!!! More research got done, and it now seems like Anandamide acts as a natural anti-psychotic, and THC causes psychotic symptoms because it reduces Anandamide receptors' (CB1) sensitivity.

Take-home lesson: always do your follow-up experiments!

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