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May 27, 2016

Treating Withdrawal Symptoms Could Help Cannabis Users Quit, Study Finds

Mar. 23, 2016 — Treating symptoms of cannabis withdrawal could help heavy users stay clean longer, finds a new study. Marijuana's long half-life and users' reports of primarily psychological withdrawal ... read more

New Technique Could More Accurately Measure Cannabinoid Dosage in Marijuana Munchies

Mar. 15, 2016 — As more states decriminalize recreational use of marijuana and expand its medical applications, concern is growing about inaccurate dosage information listed on edible products. So, scientists have ... read more

Variation in Medical Marijuana Program Regulations Impacts Enrollment

Mar. 7, 2016 — A new study found that while 14 of the nation's 24 medical marijuana programs were essentially nonmedical in practice, they enrolled more than 99 percent of overall participants. Fewer than one ... read more

Group Identifications Affect Likelihood of Teenagers Smoking, Drinking and Taking Cannabis

Mar. 7, 2016 — Teenagers who interact positively with their family, school and friends are far less likely to smoke, binge drink and use cannabis than peers who fail to identify with these social groups, according ... read more

Cannabis Use in Psychotic Patients Linked to 50 Percent Higher Hospital Admission Risk

Mar. 4, 2016 — Cannabis use among people experiencing a first episode of psychotic illness is linked to a 50 per cent heightened risk of hospital admission -- including compulsory detention (sectioning) -- as well ... read more

Young Marijuana Users Respond Differently to Social Exclusion

Mar. 2, 2016 — Young adults who regularly use marijuana display altered brain activation patterns during social exclusion, research indicates. In a recent study, participants played a computerized game of catch ... read more

Study Points to Cannabis' Effect on Emotion Processing

Feb. 29, 2016 — According to researchers, cannabis significantly affects users' ability to recognize, process and empathize with human emotions like happiness, sadness and ... read more

Colorado Visitors Using Marijuana More Likely to End Up in Emergency Room

Feb. 24, 2016 — Out-of-towners using marijuana in Colorado -- which has legally allowed sales of the drug in retail dispensaries since 2014 -- are ending up in the emergency room for marijuana-related symptoms at an ... read more

Marijuana Smokers 5 Times More Likely to Develop an Alcohol Problem

Feb. 17, 2016 — Adults who use marijuana are five times more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder (AUD) -- alcohol abuse or dependence -- compared with adults who do not use the drug. And adults who already ... read more

What Is Risk of Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders If You Use Marijuana?

Feb. 17, 2016 — With more states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, there are renewed clinical and policy concerns about the mental health effects of the ... read more

Gene Could Help Identify Psychosis Risk in Cannabis Users

Feb. 16, 2016 — A gene that can be used to predict how susceptible a young person is to the mind-altering effects of smoking cannabis has been identified by a group of researchers. The finding could help identify ... read more

Rise in Marijuana in U.S. Use Not as High as Previously Reported

Feb. 10, 2016 — Researchers report an estimated 12.5 percent of adults living in the United States use marijuana, but this research also shows that the rate of pot use did not double from 2002 to 2013 — as had ... read more

Using Medical Marijuana to Stop Seizures in Kids

Feb. 8, 2016 — Desperate for relief, parents are taking unusual steps to help children plagued with seizures. The relief, however, comes in a most unlikely form: ... read more

What's the Impact of New Marijuana Laws? The Data So Far

Feb. 3, 2016 — How has new legislation affected marijuana use in the United States? The best available data suggest that marijuana use is increasing in adults but not teens, with a decrease in marijuana-related ... read more

Long-Term Marijuana Use Associated With Worse Verbal Memory in Middle Age

Feb. 1, 2016 — Marijuana use over time was associated with remembering fewer words from a list but it did not appear to affect other areas of cognitive function in a study of men and women followed up over 25 ... read more

Marijuana Survey Finds Medical Users More Likely to Consume Edibles and Vaporize

Jan. 28, 2016 — A new study provides some of the first evidence about patterns of marijuana use in states that have legalized medical marijuana. It finds that medical marijuana users are more likely to vaporize or ... read more

Legal, Policy Changes Can Lead to Shifts in Use of Medical Marijuana

Jan. 20, 2016 — Policy changes since 2001 had varying effects on the number of people consuming medical ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — Doctors have no approved medicine to help treat marijuana dependence and abuse, but in small new clinical trial, topiramate reduced the amount of cannabis heavy smokers used when they lit up. The ... read more

No Easy Answers in Study of Legal Marijuana's Impact on Alcohol Use

Dec. 29, 2015 — Does legalization of marijuana lead pot users to drink more, or are they likely to substitute alcohol for weed? A new paper seeks to discover how changing marijuana laws affect the use of alcohol, ... read more

Sensation-Seeking, Reward Sensitivity and Early Cannabis Use

Dec. 10, 2015 — Sensation seeking, or the tendency to seek out exciting experiences, has been linked to addiction. Researchers have reported that sensation seeking is related to reward sensitivity in teens, and that ... read more

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