Marijuana Addiction Growing

Marijuana Addiction Growing

A Pew Charitable Trust investigation found that marijuana addiction does exist and is growing. While hard numbers are hard to come by, data suggests about 9% of all users become addicted to marijuana (17% among those who start as adolescents). Some treatment centers...
Inhaled Cannabis Transfers to Breast Milk

Inhaled Cannabis Transfers to Breast Milk

A small study of breastfeeding mothers suggests that breastfed infants would consume about 2.5% of the inhaled cannabis dose. Well-intentioned parents might choose to smoke marijuana away from their infants to minimize exposure, but this study indicates the breastfed...
Teens Perception of Pot Changing

Teens Perception of Pot Changing

After marijuana was legalized in Washington and Colorado, teens perceived it less harmful and use of the drug in this group increased—especially in the younger teens. A large national survey has found even in states without laws allowing recreational use, the...
AAP Issues Guidelines to Parents About Marijuana Use

AAP Issues Guidelines to Parents About Marijuana Use

While cannabis acceptance in society is increasing, there are significant issues parents need to be aware of: the developing adolescent brain can be harmed by regular marijuana use vaporizing cannabis may introduce toxic chemicals into young bodies parents should not...
Alcohol and Marijuana Affect College Grades

Alcohol and Marijuana Affect College Grades

The two most commonly used substances on college campuses are alcohol and marijuana. Researchers followed freshmen from two colleges for two years, tracking academic performance and monthly use of alcohol and cannabis. The lowest users of both substances maintained...
Cannabis Use in Alcohol Treatment

Cannabis Use in Alcohol Treatment

Associations were examined between marijuana use and outcomes of treatment for alcohol dependence in about 1200 participants in an 18 week treatment program and a 1 year follow-up. Any use of marijuana resulted in lower abstinence from alcohol. Each day of cannabis...
Exposure to Secondhand Pot Smoke May Damage Blood Vessels

Exposure to Secondhand Pot Smoke May Damage Blood Vessels

U.S. researchers have found that a one-minute exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke was associated with significant short-term impairment of the blood supply to the lining of the blood vessels of rats. It took a full 90 minutes to recover normal function after a...
Marijuana and Cognitive Function

Marijuana and Cognitive Function

Today many portray marijuana use as harmless. With more and more states legalizing its use, many believe it has no long-term effects on memory or other areas of cognitive function. Researchers followed over 3000 individuals for 25 years. Current marijuana use was...
Marijuana and Your Brain

Marijuana and Your Brain

Smoking high-potency cannabis (marijuana) may increase psychosis by five fold. Researchers have found frequent use of this ‘skunk’ cannabis may structurally interfere with communication between the two brain hemispheres, impacting creativity and cognitive...
Marijuana Use in Pregnant Moms

Marijuana Use in Pregnant Moms

A small study of mothers and their newborns found one quarter of those who tested positive for marijuana use also had evidence of other illegal drugs: 11.6% were positive for opioids, 10.6% for amphetamines and 6.5% for cocaine. Data was collected from 2006 to 2010 in...
Pot Smokers at Risk for Brain Vessel Blockage

Pot Smokers at Risk for Brain Vessel Blockage

As marijuana (cannabis) use increases, particularly in the young, there is growing concern that younger (under 50) users are at higher risk for ischemic strokes. French research had found regular cannabis users were 3 times as likely to experience...
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