(New York Post, July 12) Thirty-three people were stumbling through the streets of Brooklyn, foaming at the mouths and vomiting after overdosing from a bad batch of synthetic marijuana. Also known as K2, the drug is designed to mimic real marijuana, except its origins and makeup are chemical. READ MORE.
(Forbes, July 6) Using marijuana recreationally can damage the brain's response to monetary rewards. The reward center of the brain, the nucleus accumbens, produces dopamine, which presents a sense of pleasure. Study subjects at the University of Michigan pushed a button after seeing a target which then rewarded them with money. Those who reported frequent marijuana use had a smaller response in the nucleus accumbens. READ MORE.