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1 in 3 High School E-Cig Users Vape Pot: Survey

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MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 – E-cigarettes are fast becoming a clever way for American teens to use pot, with a new survey showing that nearly a third of high school e-cig users have vaped marijuana. The survey involved nearly 20,700 middle and high school students from both public and private institutions. The goal was to gain fresh insight into vaping, which has been the most popular means for ...

More Aging Boomers Are Embracing Pot

Posted 13 days ago by

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 – Have those weed-loving hippies taken their habit into the new millennium? Maybe so: New research shows pot isn't the drug of choice for just the young anymore. More middle-aged folks, and even seniors, are lighting up nowadays, researchers say. In fact, federal survey data show that 9 percent of adults aged 50 to 64 and nearly 3 percent of those aged 65 or older have ...

Pediatricians Warn of Rising Use of Pot While Pregnant, Breastfeeding

Posted 27 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 – More and more pregnant or breastfeeding women are using marijuana, and U.S. pediatricians are pushing back against the notion that the drug is "safe." There's evidence that exposure to marijuana compounds might harm the fetus, and these compounds might also find their way into breast milk, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says in a new report. However, many ...

Pot May Stay in Breast Milk for 6 Days

Posted 27 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 – In a finding that should give any new mom pause, researchers report that marijuana can linger in breast milk for almost a week. Researchers tested breast milk samples from 50 women who used marijuana either daily, weekly or occasionally, and detected THC – the active component of the drug – in 63 percent of the samples for up to six days after the mother's last reported ...

Are More U.S. Women Using Pot to Ease Morning Sickness?

Posted 20 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 – A substantial number of pregnant women may be turning to marijuana to ease morning sickness, a new study suggests. The study of more than 220,000 pregnant women found that more than 5 percent had recently used marijuana. And it was more common among women who'd been suffering from morning sickness. Of those with milder symptoms, just over 8 percent screened positive for ...

Majority in U.S. Support Medical Pot, Think It Could Fight Opioid Crisis

Posted 30 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 – Americans strongly support medical marijuana, and a majority also believe that pot should be legal for recreational purposes, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll has found. Nearly nine out of every 10 adults – 85 percent – believe that marijuana should be legalized for medical use, the poll reports. And more than half, 57 percent, support the legalization of recreational ...

Vaping Medical Pot May Not Ease COPD Symptoms: Study

Posted 27 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 – A feeling of breathlessness is the hallmark of the respiratory ailment known as COPD. Now, Canadian researchers say vaping marijuana failed to ease that symptom for most people in their study. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a progressive respiratory ailment, often tied to smoking, with characteristics of bronchitis and emphysema. The incurable disease ...

Decriminalizing Pot Doesn't Hike Teen Use, Study Finds

Posted 23 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 23, 2018 – States that have decriminalized marijuana have had no increase in use of the drug by young people, researchers report. Decriminalization, which is different than legalization, reduces the legal penalties for marijuana possession. For example, possession of a small amount of the drug for personal use may be treated like a simple traffic violation, rather than a state ...

FDA Warns of Deaths Tied to Tainted Synthetic Pot

Posted 20 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 – Synthetic marijuana products contaminated with an ingredient found in rat poison have caused several deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations in the United States recently, federal health officials report. The contaminant – a blood thinner called brodifacoum – can cause severe bleeding and has been found in synthetic marijuana products with names such as K2 and Spice, ...

Medical Marijuana a Hit With Seniors

Posted 5 Jul 2018 by

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 – Seniors are giving rave reviews for medical marijuana. In a new survey, those who turned to it for treating chronic pain reported it reduced pain and decreased the need for opioid painkillers. Nine out of 10 liked it so much they said they'd recommend medical pot to others. "I was on Percocet and replaced it with medical marijuana. Thank you, thank you, thank you," said ...

Even Once-a-Week Pot Smokers Have More Cough, Phlegm

Posted 2 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 – Smoking marijuana once a week can cause coughing, wheezing and phlegm, all signs of chronic bronchitis, a new evidence review reports. Pot smoking doubles a person's risk of developing a regular hacking cough. It also triples the risk of coughing up phlegm and suffering from wheezy constricted breathing, researchers found. "We know that smoke from tobacco and other ...

Pot Still a Drug of Choice for Many U.S. Adults

Posted 21 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 – Fewer American teens may be smoking pot, but the same can't be said for older adults, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed federal government data and found that non-daily marijuana use fell among Americans aged 12 to 25 and 35 to 49 before 2007, but rose among all adults after 2007. This was particularly true among adults 26 to 34 – a 4.5 percent increase. Daily ...

More Teens Than Ever Would Try Marijuana

Posted 6 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 – One in four U.S. high school seniors would try marijuana or use it more often if it was legal, a new survey finds. That rate – the highest in the 43-year history of the Monitoring the Future survey – likely reflects growing pot legalization in the United States, researchers said. Broken down, about 15 percent of 12th graders said they would try marijuana if it was ...

Pot, Opioids Now Rival Alcohol as Factor in Driver Deaths

Posted 31 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 – Pot and opioids have become almost as deadly as booze for drivers, a new report shows. Forty-four percent of drivers killed in crashes tested positive for drugs in 2016, up from 28 percent 10 years prior, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Among drivers killed in car crashes in 2016 who tested positive for drugs, 38 percent had some form of ...

Pot Replacing Tobacco, Booze as Teens' Drug of Choice

Posted 31 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 – Pot is increasingly replacing cigarettes and alcohol as the first drug of choice among young Americans, researchers have found. Boys, black Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and multi-racial Americans were the most likely to turn to marijuana before other recreational drugs, the new report suggests. For the study, the investigators analyzed nationwide surveys done ...

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