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Does Marijuana Make You More Creative?


The NIDA Blog Team
November 03, 2014

Some marijuana users says its mind-altering effect—the “high”—makes them feel more creative, but it’s actually an illusion. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Dopamine

Sara Bellum
September 29, 2009

Imagine this: You're playing basketball; it's the last quarter. In fact, you only have 30 seconds to make the winning shot. You shoot, it soars through the air, you hear the buzzer go off...and then you see the swoosh. You just won the game for your team. How do you feel? Read More »

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How To Help a Friend in Need

Sara Bellum
September 24, 2009

Figuring out what to do when a friend or someone you know is having trouble with drugs or alcohol can be tricky. You want to help, but you might not know how to bring it up. Here are some tips. Read More »

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How Does Cocaine Work? It's Partly In Your Genes

Sara Bellum
September 21, 2009

You probably know that your genes help make you who you are. Except for identical twins, everyone has a slightly different set of genes, and when our genes interact with our environment, that’s what makes us unique individuals. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: Can drugs give you viruses?

Sara Bellum
September 17, 2009

At NIDA's last Drug Facts Chat Day, Razorfang asked this question: "can you get viruses from drugs?" Read More »

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Dr. Nora Volkow Shakes Up Harlem

Sara Bellum
September 15, 2009

What do you want first, the good news or the bad news? Whenever a conversation starts this way, you know things are going to get interesting. Read More »

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