Homework #1 - Tovah Popilsky SID 3033831805 Shawn Shirazi Wednesday 3:00PM Discussion Section 5 September 2018 Homework#1 Media Report \u201cScientists

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Tovah Popilsky SID: 3033831805 Shawn Shirazi Wednesday 3:00PM Discussion Section 5 September 2018 Homework #1: Media Report “Scientists Unpick How Cannabis Component May Fight Psychosis” from the New York Times discusses how in London, scientists have been able to find how cannabis can help fight psychosis. Specifically, these scientists found that there is a component of cannabis that is non- intoxicating that can interact with areas of the brain and can reduce the chance of abnormal activity in the brains of patients that are at risk for psychosis. This is very interesting since regular use of cannabis can increase the risk of developing psychosis, but the use of its chemical component, cannabidiol (CBD), can do the exact opposite and decrease the risk of psychosis. In order to reach this finding, a set of scientists from King’s College in London scanned the brains of 33 young people who were showing symptoms of psychosis, but had not been diagnosed with psychosis. Dr. Sagnik Bhattacharyya, the lead scientist on the project, and his
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