Circle the wagons, grab the women-folk and children–hold on to your brain cells. American researchers discovered a “Stupidity Virus.”
From “Newsweek:” Virus ATCV-1 from algae found in lakes and streams can attack human DNA. It’s not fatal, although the deleterious effects on the brain are real. Testing revealed, cognitive abilities, learning, and memory were impaired. In other words, affected humans and animals were found to be less intelligent.
“Regular Pot Smokers Have Shrunken Brains,” according to an LA Times” article. Experimental mice and humans, were studied for four years. Marijuana smokers, compared to non-smokers, had less gray matter in the orbital frontal cortex area of the brain.
This part of the brain controls reward, motivation, decision-making, and addictive behaviors. The study was inconclusive as to whether pot smoking was the cause of brain shrinkage or brain shrinkage caused chronic pot smoking.
Could there be a “Stupidity Virus” link with pot smoking, consequent brain shrinkage and/or risky behaviors?
A total of twenty-three states and DC allow marijuana in some form. In four states, marijuana is legalized for recreational usage–including Oregon and Colorado.
Should a follow-up study be commissioned to determine whether or not chronic pot smoking causes weight gain due to increased consumption of tortilla chips, donuts and snack foods?
Furthermore, could there be a connection between pot smoking and the meteoric rise in Netflix and Redbox “Cheech and Chong” movie rentals?
Mellowed out, Colorado Chamber of Commerce spokesperson, Mark Rumsley, declined to be interviewed, at his suburban Denver home, simply replying, “Hey Dude–Dave’s not here.”
Would someone please discover an “Intelligence Virus.” Because I’m getting dumber by the minute.