What Does Marijuana Actually Do to Your Brain?

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Why does marijuana make users more relaxed, or even euphoric? Why do stoners drift off on suprising, imaginative tangents -- and feel like their often bizarre ideas are true epiphanies? A short, informative video from the web series ASAP Science explains the chemistry of getting high. Watch and find out how THC, the psychoactive molecule in cannabis, resembles neurotransmitters to interrupt the normal behavior of brain cells. Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, who produce the videos, talk about the making of the series in an interview with the Atlantic Video channel here.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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