Hello everyone! Following my inquiry question how do drugs affect your brain, I decided to start my first batch of research on methamphetamine and cocaine. Majority of drugs release and flood dopamine into your brain causing you to feel an extreme high, yet by overusing your neurotransmitter you become unable to release dopamine and feel pleasure and well being without the extreme high felt from these damaging drugs thus the addictive nature of drug use.
i like you research since you are doing the same research like me i know i will learn a lot from you and may be you are going to learn new things from me to so go on and i will be checking on you next
I really enjoyed your research! It's very helpful to see the visual of how the brain is being eaten away. It was also interesting to learn what the average cocaine user spends as well, in relation to how long the high lasts. It was also interesting to know how drugs can make a person feel really good one minute and terrible the next.
If you're looking specifically at how the brain is affected, it could be interesting to see specifically what parts of the brain are being altered. I was also wondering; are you looking at just the two drugs you specified or anything else? I'm assuming you're focussing on illegal substances rather than prescription drugs, because "drugs" is a pretty broad term, but you've narrowed it down in this round of research.
Good luck with future research!
This is an extremely interesting topic! I loved how you used brain scans to clarify your research. You go very in-depth into the neurological effects of methamphetamine and cocaine which is great and emphasizes how dangerous the consequences of taking these drugs are. It's astonishing how long it takes for the brain to turn somewhat "normal" abstaining from meth. A cool idea would be to look into how the brain recovers during prolonged abstinence. How does the neural circuitry go back to what it once was before exposure to meth?
Excellent research and I'm excited to see what you have in store