Neuropod on blow, brainbows and optimism

The November edition of the newly minted Nature Neuroscience podcast Neuropod has just been released with features on the ‘brainbow‘ multi-colour neuron staining, the neurobiology and regulation of cannabis, the cognitive neuroscience of optimism, and the sleep cycle.

The interview on cannabis is with neuroscientist Paul Morrison and psychiatrist Robin Murray – two leading cannabis researchers.

Despite him leading recent research which has shown a modest but likely causal link between cannabis use and psychosis, Murray has always maintained a level-headed approach to the problem and is well-worth listening to (fast forward to 10 minutes in, if you’re in a hurry).

He’s on fine form and has this take on the effect of the drug on the political classes:

Essentially, cannabis is very bad for the brains of politicians, they do not know what to do. Firstly, they’re asked ‘have you ever smoked cannabis?’ and they don’t know whether to say yes or no, and then they have this belief that tinkering with the classification will actually do something.

Link to Neuropod webpage with audio.

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