January 21, 2015 Fringe, Podcast No Comments

Episode 61

For our long-awaited Marijuana Episode, we hear from Kyle Boyar, researcher at SC Laboratories, a quality assurance and safety testing facility for medical marijuana. Kyle takes us through some lesser-known facts about marijuana, its use as treatment for a variety of ailments, and its effect on memory and mood.

We’ll also find out how becoming a mother can actually permanently change a woman’s brain, and get some insight into the psychological and physiological effects of… iPhone separation?

Episode Highlights

0:32How we happened upon Kyle Boyar, and an open call to other scientists
1:38This Week in Neuroscience: What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother
4:28Thank you to Michael Johnson, and come say "hi" @Lawlerpalooza and @SmartDrugSmarts
4:59Smart Drug Smarts' Water Fast Week (see Episode #56: Ketosis Vs Cancer?)
6:17The email that prompted our Marijuana Episode
7:22Psychoactive components of the Cannabis plant, and an explanation of cannabinoids
8:14The discovery of THC and how this led to knowledge of the corresponding receptors in our brains
9:17Investigations into G protein-coupled receptors
10:01What happens when our cannabinoid receptors are activated?
10:45The role of GABA, dopamine, and gene sequence variation in feelings of pleasure – and anxiety – as a result of THC exposure
11:32SC Laboratories' position in relation to fast-changing marijuana laws
13:19The difference between medical-grade marijuana and recreational marijuana
14:03Cannabis indica vs Cannabis sativa
14:22Terpenes and The Entourage Effect
15:07What health conditions can marijuana be used as treatment for?
16:29Cannabidiol and memory
19:04THC's effects on neuronal Long-term depression
20:59CREB and long-term memory
21:42Long-term memory formation vs memory formation while under the influence
22:27BDNF, and THC's psychoactive effects on creativity and depression
23:31Is there an "optimal" use of marijuana?
24:33Endocannabinoid uses within the brain and body
25:47Follow-up to the original inspiration email – and a non-recreational, non-medical use for marijuana
26:28Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: iPhone separation Linked to Physiological Anxiety and Poor Cognitive Performance
Written by Rhiannan Roe
Rhiannan Roe is a writer, editor and unapologetic champion of self-improvement. Combining her passions has led to her helping several start-ups across three continents. In her spare time she travels, collects stories from inspiring people, and fruitlessly endeavors to read every book ever written.
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