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User avatar #86 - monkee (04/23/2013) [-]
To everyone confused about the wording of the cannabis & autism one, here's the link: www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/35088/title/A-Link-Between-Autism-and-Cannabinoids.

Basically these researchers found common mutations on the endocannabinoid pathway in autistic mice. They're still unsure whether medical marijuana would lessen or exacerbate autistic symptoms but believe it's the next step in research.

A quote from the article
"The researchers studied two mutations in neuroligin-3 (NL3), a gene encoding a protein involved in building and maintaining synapses. One mutation is a deletion of the entire gene, while the other, called R451, involves a single amino acid substitution. “These two mutations both have been associated with autism in humans,” said coauthor Thomas Südhof, a cellular physiologist at Stanford University."
#125 to #86 - samxdaxman (04/23/2013) [-]
At the risk of sounding like a retard, you're trying to explain this easier while using words like "endocannabinoid" and "exacerbate."
User avatar #106 to #86 - daboomee (04/23/2013) [-]
Can you dumb it down for me? Me no speak good.
#89 to #86 - anon (04/23/2013) [-]
User avatar #93 to #89 - monkee (04/23/2013) [-]
The part of the brain that weed affects-the endocannabinoid pathway-is also now believed to be the part of the brain that is affected by autism. Basically, there's a faulty link or it's completely gone. Obviously this opens up a lot of questions on the effect that weed would have on an autistic brain. I find it interesting that this research has been published just after all the headlines of the mother prescribing medical marijuana for her autistic son, who I think was aged 9 or something, although I'm not sure.
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