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For Young Adults, Cigarettes More Pleasurable With Alcohol Than With Pot

Apr. 18, 2017 — Young adults get more pleasure from smoking cigarettes while they are drinking alcohol than they do while using marijuana, according to a new American ... read more

Pro-Pot Arguments Fly Higher With Likely Voters

Mar. 8, 2017 — As more states consider legalizing recreational marijuana, a range of arguments for and against legalization is swirling around the national conversation. Which of these arguments resonate most ... read more

Given the Choice, Patients Will Reach for Cannabis Over Prescribed Opioids

Feb. 27, 2017 — Chronic pain sufferers and those taking mental health meds would rather turn to cannabis instead of their prescribed opioid medication, according to new ... read more

Lollipop or Edible?

Feb. 22, 2017 — Pot brownies may be a thing of the past as there are new edible marijuana products, or edibles, on the market, including chocolates, candies, and cookies. These products are legally sold in Colorado ... read more

How Can Marijuana Policy Protect the Adolescent Brain?

Feb. 8, 2017 — As more states begin to legalize the use of marijuana, more young people may believe that it's safe to experiment with the drug. However, those under 25 are more vulnerable to the effects of ... read more

Neurobiologist Illuminates the Underexplored Potential of Cannabis to Address Opioid Addiction

Feb. 2, 2017 — Cannabinoids, extracts of cannabis legally sold as medical marijuana, could reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms in heroin users, a number of animal studies and a small human pilot study have ... read more

So-Called 'Synthetic Marijuana' Linked to Serious Health Problems

Feb. 2, 2017 — Synthetic marijuana compounds are marketed as safe, legal alternatives to marijuana that cannot be detected by standard drug testing, but these substances differ chemically from marijuana; are linked ... read more

Delaying Marijuana Smoking to Age 17 Cuts Risks to Teens' Brains, New Study Suggests

Jan. 25, 2017 — Adolescents who smoke marijuana as early as 14 do worse by 20 points on some cognitive tests and drop out of school at a higher rate than non-smokers. But if they hold off until age 17, they're ... read more

More Older Americans Using Cannabis, Underscoring Need for Research

Jan. 11, 2017 — Cannabis use among older adults in the US is on the rise, yet there is currently a lack of biomedical, clinical, and public health research to inform policy related to this trend, according to a new ... read more

Legal or Not, Marijuana Can Increase the Risk of Developing Alcohol Use Disorders

Jan. 10, 2017 — Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) develop with time and in stages. Following the initiation of drinking, some people progress to problem drinking, and then develop a “cluster” of specific problems to ... read more

Scrapping Excessive Neural Connection Helps Build New Connections

Jan. 10, 2017 — Neural activity that retracts excessive early innervation in a certain pathway helps make late neural connections in a different pathway, research has found. This may provide a self-organizing ... read more

Pain Relief Without the High

Jan. 4, 2017 — Researchers have set 'gold standards' for developing new painkillers based on the medicinal effects of cannabis, but without some of its side ... read more

New Research Shows Uptick in Past-Month Marijuana Use Among Women of Reproductive Age

Dec. 19, 2016 — The prevalence of past-month marijuana use among reproductive-aged women rose from 2.4 percent in 2002 to 3.9 percent in 2014, an increase of 62 percent. Past-month marijuana use was highest among ... read more

Dec. 16, 2016 — For those suffering depression or anxiety, using cannabis for relief may not be the long-term answer, say ... read more

N-Acetylcysteine Shows Early Promise in Reducing Alcohol Use in Marijuana-Dependent Teens

Dec. 14, 2016 — N-acetylcysteine (NAC) reduced alcohol use in a small cohort of marijuana-dependent adolescents who exhibited reductions in marijuana use, report researchers. In this secondary analysis of data from ... read more

Dec. 7, 2016 — Relaxing with a joint around children is not very wise. Not only do youngsters inhale harmful secondary smoke in the process, but the psychoactive chemicals in the drug are taken up by their bodies ... read more

Baby Boomers on Dope: Recreational Marijuana Use Is on the Rise Among Adults Over 50

Dec. 5, 2016 — There is a common misperception that widespread marijuana use is limited to younger generations. However, the Baby Boomer generation has reported higher rates of substance use than any preceding ... read more

Marijuana Use Gender Gap Widens, Mainly Among Low-Income

Nov. 29, 2016 — Americans have experienced a six percent increase in pot use among men earning less than $20,000, corresponding to rising unemployment rate during the Great Recession, a new report ... read more

Nov. 16, 2016 — Researchers report the most detailed 3-D structure to date of the brain receptor that binds and responds to the chemical at the root of marijuana’s ... read more

Nov. 16, 2016 — Using marijuana could help some alcoholics and people addicted to opioids kick their habits, a new study suggests. The research also found some evidence that medical cannabis may help with symptoms ... read more

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