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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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Four Reasons Not To Smoke

Sara Bellum
September 10, 2009

Have you noticed that a lot of restaurants don't have indoor smoking sections anymore? More and more cities, counties, and entire states are banning indoor smoking. People everywhere are getting the message: smoking causes disease and death. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: What Types of Drugs are High School Students Using?

Sara Bellum
September 03, 2009

ots of teens have questions about drugs. That’s why each year, NIDA scientists spend a day chatting online with high school students and answering their questions. At NIDA’s last Drug Facts Chat Day, ham223 asked this question: Read More »

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Life is Complicated Enough: Why Add Prescription Drugs to the Mix?

Anna
September 02, 2009

As a public health analyst at NIDA, one of my jobs is to look at data and help get information out to the public. When I heard that about 1 in 10 high school seniors had used the pain medicine Vicodin last year without a prescription, I knew there was a problem. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Cerebral Cortex

Sara Bellum
September 01, 2009

What do walnuts and our Word of the Day have in common? Well, it’s a stretch, but fun to think about. If you crack open a walnut carefully, you can see it has two “sides”—just like the human brain. And that’s where our “word of the day” comes in. Read More »

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In the Game of Life, Nicotine is a Big "Scratch"

Sara Bellum
August 27, 2009

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