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Research shows smoking marijuana could affect your offspring in the future

Story by: FOX News

New research shows teenagers who smoke marijuana are not only affecting themselves, but possibly children they may have years down the road.
Dr. Yasmin Hurd, with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, is an expert on the effects of marijuana on the brain conducts studies that mimic human response on mice. She gave adolescent rats the equivalent of eight joints in a month. It was enough to make permanent changes in their brains that were passed on to their offspring. When those offspring grew up, many showed compulsive behavior and a strong appetite for heroin.
“It’s not that marijuana changes your DNA sequence, but we know that it changes, potentially, how your DNA is marked that changes how the genes are expressed in the brain. But, we definitely see clear brain differences in these adults’ offspring,” says Dr. Hurd.
Advocates for marijuana legalization acknowledge addiction is a problem for some people that could be passed down through the generations.
They insist overall, marijuana is relatively safe and less addictive than alcohol.


8 Comments to “Research shows smoking marijuana could affect your offspring in the future”

    Chadwick said:
    January 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Dr Yasmin can recheck the fact that these are rats and just because this Dr most likely dislikes marijuana for whatever particular reason gives Yasmin no room to have this bullshit article along with this bullshit study. My friend as a kid had a mom that did more drugs then most people see on the movie blow, but he is in med school. Explain this to me. This is a hate article mainly directed towards trying to fool the ordinary mind. If someone wants to smoke up, more power to em. Your body. Your choices.

    chasholman said:
    January 27, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Oh man.. This is hilarious.. I've been smoking grass for 50 years, and all 4 of my kids turned into Honor students with a later addiction to higher education and professional lives.

    MyTakeOnIt said:
    January 27, 2014 at 5:20 AM

    The war on smoking cigarettes will eventually attack pot smokers (actually has a lot of irony in it). I am not a supporter for pot legalization but I also believe that throwing a rat study results at us about pot use is balderdash. Using rats to extrapolate what happens to humans has been proven to be ineffective. Use people to study people.

    Harmony said:
    January 27, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    Legalize or decriminalize it.

    bobby10r said:
    January 27, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    you know if it does cause any changes in offspring it is not the weed itself it is all the other drugs idiots lace the weed with anymore. you can not go out and buy a bag of weed that does not have any other drug mixed in it, the weed is harmless alone, but laced it could have side affects because people lace it with all kinds of hard drugs..

    bob l said:
    January 27, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    What been passed over he tree, in both the research conclusions and the comments, is the possibility that cannabis is a positive inclusion. Perhaps, like survival of the fittest, passing along an interest in cannabis produces healthier offspring, duh.

    The Opinionated One said:
    January 27, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Don't have a lot of trust in research. A few years down the road, the researchers will have new findings that are the total opposite of this report. Too often researchers jump the gun, and provide bogus information before all the facts are in.

    Jay said:
    April 8, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    You idiots posting comments negative of a research article with negative aspects of marijuana are just bias towards the drug since you use. Fact: marijuana damages DNA. If you want to damage your DNA go ahead. Fools.

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