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Baby Boomers Going to Pot

Posted 1 day 5 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – More older Americans are rolling joints or firing up their bongs, a new study on marijuana use finds. "Given the unprecedented aging of the U.S. population, we are facing a never before seen cohort of older adults who use recreational drugs," said Dr. Benjamin Han. He is a geriatrician and health services researcher at the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. "Older people may use marijuana for a variety of reasons – including medical reasons – however we need to make sure they are not using it in a hazardous manner, since older adults may be vulnerable to its possible adverse effects," Han said in a university news release. "One particular concern for older users is the risk of falls while using marijuana. However, this has not yet been studied," he noted. In the new study, researchers reviewed ... Read more

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Marijuana Derivative May Curb Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

Posted 1 day 6 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – A purified oral version of a marijuana compound may help with treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy, two new clinical trials show. The researchers found that the compound, cannabidiol (CBD), helped reduce seizure frequency in children and adults with two hard-to-treat forms of epilepsy: Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. The drug is still experimental, and doctors stressed that it did not help everyone and is not a "cure." On the other hand, they called the results "very encouraging," given how difficult it is to manage the seizure disorders. "It's always a good day when we have a potential new option to offer these patients," said Dr. Amy Brooks-Kayal, a pediatric neurologist at Children's Hospital Colorado who was not involved in the research. She had another caveat, however: The CBD used in the trials is a "purified, pharmaceutical-grade" pill. ... Read more

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Men More Likely to Use Marijuana Than Women, Study Finds

Posted 2 days 7 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – As more American adults choose to puff at the marijuana pipe, a gender difference is becoming clear – men are significantly more likely to smoke pot than women, a new study finds. Compared with 2002, an additional 6 million men reported past-year pot smoking in 2014. For women, that number was 4 million, the researchers said. Use remained at about 13 percent for men and 7 percent for women for a number of years. But after 2007, use rose about 4 percent among men and 3 percent among women, according to study authors Hannah Carliner and Deborah Hasin. They are epidemiologists at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. "These changes parallel national trends in decreased perceived harmfulness of marijuana use, and legalization of both recreational and medical use in over half of U.S. states," Carliner said in a university news ... Read more

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Marijuana Use Tied to Rare, Temporary Heart Malfunction

Posted 13 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 – Marijuana use might raise the risk of a rare, temporary heart muscle malfunction that can feel like a full-fledged heart attack, a new study suggests. People who used marijuana were almost twice as likely as non-users to suffer a bout of stress cardiomyopathy, a condition also known as takotsubo, said study co-author Dr. Amitoj Singh. He is chief cardiology fellow at St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa. Further, pot users experiencing takotsubo were more likely to suffer a cardiac arrest or require an implanted defibrillator, compared with non-users with takotsubo, Singh said. Cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating. "Marijuana does not appear to be entirely safe, as some of the lobbyists for marijuana are arguing," Singh said. But the study did not prove that pot causes takotsubo. Singh was to present his findings Sunday at the ... Read more

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Medical Marijuana Not a Lure for Kids: Study

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – Are U.S. kids who live in states with legal medical marijuana more likely to smoke pot? The answer appears to be no, a new study suggests. However, the study did find that people over 25 were smoking more marijuana after the laws took effect. "There were only increases in marijuana use and in the perceived availability of marijuana use after the enactment of these laws among adults aged 26 and up," said study lead author Dr. Silvia Martins. "The laws seem to be working as expected with little unintended consequences for youth and young adults to date," added Martins, an associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. "There were fears that once medical marijuana laws were enacted and marijuana became more easily available, it would be diverted to recreational use by youth as well as adults," Martins ... Read more

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Marijuana May Blunt Bone Health

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – Marijuana may be bad to the bone, a new Scottish study suggests. People who are very heavy users of pot have more than twice the risk of suffering a broken bone compared to people who only smoke tobacco cigarettes, the study found. Heavy pot users also had lower bone density compared to cigarette smokers, the researchers said. "The take-home point for patients is relatively clear: heavy marijuana use does not promote bone health," said Dr. Matthew Hepinstall. He's an orthopaedic surgeon at the Lenox Hill Hospital Center for Joint Preservation and Reconstruction in New York City. Due to the study's design, the researchers said, they could not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between pot smoking and bone density. However, they did take into account a number of other factors that could affect bone health, such as age, gender, weight, physical activity ... Read more

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Some Doctors Swayed by Political Beliefs

Posted 4 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 – A doctor's political beliefs can sway his or her treatment decisions. That's the conclusion of a study by Yale University researchers who surveyed primary care doctors in 29 states on how they would deal with different types of patient health concerns, including abortion, firearms and marijuana use. While Republican and Democratic doctors had similar views about general issues such as depression, alcohol abuse and obesity, there were significant differences when it came to political hot-button topics. Republican doctors expressed more concern than Democratic doctors about marijuana use and abortion, while Democratic physicians were more concerned about firearms, the findings showed. Democratic doctors were more likely to urge patients not to keep guns in the home while Republican doctors were more likely to warn patients about the mental health risks of abortion. ... Read more

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Study Links Pot Use to Relapse in Psychosis Patients

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – A British study says it provides new evidence that marijuana use may boost the risk that people who struggle with psychosis will relapse. But critics said the effect seems to be small, and they questioned the validity of the research. A study co-author stands by the work, however. "We show that pot use causes an increase in the risk of relapse in psychosis and demonstrate that alternative explanations are unlikely to be true," said Dr. Sagnik Bhattacharyya, a reader in translational neuroscience and psychiatry at King's College London. "It would be appropriate to at least aim for reduction in pot use in patients with psychosis if complete abstinence is not realistic," Bhattacharyya added. People suffering from psychosis lose touch with reality and may hallucinate, develop delusions and struggle to think and speak normally. Sometimes psychosis is a symptom of ... Read more

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Do States With Medical Marijuana Have Less Opioid Abuse?

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 – A new study of drivers who died in auto accidents suggests people in states with medical marijuana laws may be using fewer opioid painkillers, the study authors contend. "After the implementation of a medical marijuana law, there appears to be less opioid use, at least among young and middle-aged adults," study lead author June Kim said. He's a graduate student in epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. However, two addiction experts not involved with the research were critical of the methodology used, saying the study authors did not prove the point they were trying to make. The study sought to understand how laws allowing the medical use of marijuana – now legal in 25 states and Washington, D.C. – might affect the use of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (used in Vicodin and ... Read more

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College Students Using More Pot, Fewer Opioids

Posted 8 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 – American college students' use of marijuana continues to increase, but the appeal of other drugs, including amphetamines and opioids, may be waning, a new study found. The proportion of college students who reported past-year use of marijuana rose from 30 percent in 2006 to 38 percent in 2015, according to the study from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Daily or near-daily pot use (20 or more times in the previous 30 days) reached nearly 6 percent in 2014 – the highest level of daily use in the last 34 years. But it then fell slightly to less than 5 percent in 2015, researchers found. One possible reason for growing use of marijuana may be a decrease in perceived risk. The proportion of young adults ages 19 to 22 who consider regular marijuana use dangerous fell from 58 percent in 2003 to 33 percent in 2015, according to the report. ... Read more

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For Pot Smokers, Ambition May Go Up in Smoke

Posted 2 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 – Are people less interested in work to make money when they're high on pot? That's the suggestion behind a new study, although the researchers said the effect seems to be temporary. When the study participants weren't high, long-term marijuana users were just as motivated as non-users, according to researchers at University College London in England. The researchers believe their study is the first reliable test of a common belief that marijuana makes people less motivated to work. To find out, the investigators led two studies. In one, 17 occasional pot users were asked to choose between an easy or more complex task to win money. When they were high, people usually went for the easy task, even though it paid less. A second study compared motivation levels of 20 long-term marijuana users to motivation levels of 20 people who used drugs other than marijuana (the ... Read more

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More U.S. Adults Using Marijuana Than Ever

Posted 1 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 – As perceptions of marijuana change, more American adults are using pot than ever before, and they're using it more often, a new study finds. Over 13 percent of adults surveyed in 2014 said they'd used marijuana in the previous year, up from roughly 10 percent in 2002. Also, daily or near daily use – five days or more a week – rose from less than 2 percent to almost 4 percent of adults during that time period. "This increase has corresponded with the legal and social acceptance of marijuana, and so it is not such a surprise," said lead study author Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse. He pointed out that over the past 20 years, medical marijuana has been legalized in 25 states and the District of Columbia. However, noting that marijuana's potency has increased, Compton's team said education about the harms of pot ... Read more

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Medical Marijuana's Pain Relief May Work Better for Men

Posted 24 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – Smoking a joint provides greater pain relief to men than to women, a new study indicates. Researchers asked 42 recreational marijuana smokers to place one hand in extremely cold water until they could no longer tolerate the pain. They did this twice: Once after smoking marijuana and once after puffing on a placebo. After smoking marijuana, men reported they were significantly less sensitive to pain. They were also more able tolerate pain. While women reported they were somewhat more able to tolerate pain after smoking marijuana, it brought them no significant pain relief. Despite the differences in pain relief, men and women had similar levels of intoxication after smoking marijuana. The findings come at a time when more people are turning to medical marijuana for pain relief. "This study underscores the importance of including both men and women in clinical ... Read more

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U.S. DEA Denies Request to Ease Federal Pot Rules

Posted 11 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has refused the request of two former state governors to ease marijuana's restrictive classification under current drug laws. The DEA said it based its decision largely on information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA previously concluded that marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States," according to National Public Radio (NPR). "This decision isn't based on danger. This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, is a safe and effective medicine, and it's not," DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg said in the NPR report. The request – initially proposed in 2011 – sought to have marijuana reclassified from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule II drug. Schedule I drugs are considered drugs "with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for ... Read more

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New Guidelines Issued for Cancer Patients' Post-Treatment Pain

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 – More people are surviving cancer, but many are left with persistent pain after treatment. New guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recommend that doctors routinely screen for such pain. The guidelines also advise doctors to consider the use of non-traditional treatments for pain. These include hypnosis, meditation and medical marijuana where it's legal. ASCO also cautioned doctors to assess patients' risk for overuse of opioid painkillers. "Many oncologists and primary care physicians are not trained to recognize or treat long-term pain associated with cancer," guideline panel co-chair Judith Paice said in an ASCO news release. "This guideline will help clinicians identify pain early and develop comprehensive treatment plans, using a broad range of approaches," she said. Advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment have led to a record ... Read more

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