By Inverse Video

Compared to other illicit drugs, weed seems relatively safe. It can be purchased legally in 29 states and has far fewer negative healtheffects than alcohol. But a new study suggests that long term weed smoking can cause enduring cellular changes in your brain. By inhibiting GABA receptors from doing their job, chronic weed use can create a dependency that is more commonly seen in damaging drugs like crystal meth or cocaine. Another study from 2014 observed that daily smokers had less grey matter in their orbital-frontal cortex, the part of the brain that deals with decision making. This could also help explain how Taco Bell still sells 1 billion burritos per year.