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Say What? "Serotonin"

August 26, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

The neurotransmitter serotonin—known as the "calming chemical"—has a bigger job than we thought.   Read More »

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Meet Your Brain

July 29, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Your brain is the command center for your entire body. Without it, you’re not you.  Read More »

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Myth or Fact? “Addiction Is a Choice"

June 17, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Addiction is a brain disease. It’s not a choice, and it’s not a weakness. Drugs can change how the brain works, and those changes can last for a long time.  Read More »

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Say What? “Dopamine”

May 13, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine as a response to things that are pleasurable. Read More »

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Marijuana: Just the Facts

May 06, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

The teen brain continues to develop until age 25. Using marijuana regularly before then can have negative and long-lasting effects. Read More »