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Can Smoking Marijuana Actually Lower Your IQ?

By Carol Krause, Chief of NIDA’s Public Information and Liaison Branch
October 09, 2012

Many teenagers assume smoking weed is harmless because of all the myths floating around saying it’s safe. What few people know is that the age you start using marijuana actually makes a difference. Read More »

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The Art of Meditation: Focusing Your Brain

Eric Wargo, Office of Science Policy and Communications at NIDA
September 11, 2012

I’ve always been a huge Star Trek fan. When I was a teenager, my hero was Mister Spock—cool, analytical, even-tempered, and smarter than everyone around him. Being raised in his ancient society of the planet Vulcan made him a force to be reckoned with. Read More »

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Mindset Over Matter

Eric Wargo, NIDA Science Writer
August 15, 2012

Hi, my name is Eric Wargo and I’m a new science writer here at NIDA. Before coming to NIDA, I wrote for an association of psychological scientists, people who study all aspects of the mind and human behavior. Read More »

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Cocaine and the Teen Brain

Sara Bellum
April 27, 2012

The human brain continues to grow during the teen years, well into the twenties. Read More »

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Teen Brain, a Work in Progress

Sara Bellum
September 14, 2011

Have you ever wondered why you have to be 16 to get your driver’s license or 18 to vote or 21 to legally drink alcohol? It’s partly because your brain is not ready to take on these responsibilities, since your brain is not fully developed when you’re a teen. Read More »

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