But dramatic improvements in numerical simulations helped to revive the field roughly five years ago—allowing scientists to recognize that the phenomenon might be more widespread. Gang Chen, an engineer at MIT, for example, was able to predict that second sound might be visible within graphite at rather balmy temperatures. That prediction electrified Duncan, who tested it just as soon as he could—eventually putting the rest of his pursuits on the back burner, once the results proved to be so counterintuitive.
A drug is addicting if it causes compulsive, often uncontrollable drug craving, seeking, and use, even in the face of negative health and social consequences. Marijuana meets this criterion. More than 120,000 people enter treatment per year for their primary marijuana addiction. In addition, animal studies suggest marijuana causes physical dependence, and some people report withdrawal symptoms.
Sensations and feelings change much more dramatically than the physical signs. The user may feel several different emotions at once or swing rapidly from one emotion to another. If taken in a large enough dose, the drug produces delusions and visual hallucinations. The user’s sense of time and self changes. Sensations may seem to cross over, giving the user the feeling of hearing colours and seeing sounds. These changes can be frightening and can cause panic.