From the vault: Under the influence

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Science is always the drug of choice here at Cosmos. This week, we decided to sample some articles examining the science of recreational drug addiction and withdrawal.

Name your poison: A two-part series

What do recreational drugs do to the body?  Here is the latest medical research on some of society's biggest vices. 

Part 1: Marijuana
Part 2: Ecstasy, or MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine)

Discovery may render cocaine less palatable

A cannabinoid receptor has been discovered in the brain that, when stimulated by drugs, can counteract the behavioural and addictive effects of cocaine. Read more

Marijuana use heightens fearful experiences

Signals transmitted through the brain’s cannabinoid system, a series of receptors influenced by drugs such as marijuana, can directly control the prominence of our emotional experiences and memory. Read more

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