September 27, 2007

Drugs on the Brain

To study the effects of marijuana and tobacco on the brain, Harvard scientists created a way to inhale smoke while taking an MRI scan of the human brain. Pretty cool. Apparently it could shed light on how the brain reacts to addictice substances and of course, what your brain would look like 'on drugs.'

It works by placing a clear, plastic mask on the subject while he is placed deep inside the MRI scanner. The home-made smoking apparatus is shown below. According to the story from 'Wired Science' the scientists have just recieved an additional grant from the government to expand their research.

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