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Untangling the Ties Between Troubled Teens and Pot Use

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 – Teens with behavioral problems are more likely than others to use marijuana – but the drug itself doesn't increase conduct problems, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that a "cascading chain of events" predict marijuana use problems as teens become young adults, according to the University of Pennsylvania researchers. "Cannabis use in and of itself does not ...

Vaporized Pot Means a Higher High

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 – A smokeless method of vaporizing and then inhaling pot packs a much more powerful punch than simply smoking weed, researchers say. That could raise safety concerns for users – driving, for example. Marijuana vaporizers heat pot to a temperature just below combustion, allowing people to inhale the intoxicating chemical THC from the plant material without breathing in any ...

Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Harm an Asthmatic Child

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 – A 6-year-old boy with severe asthma wasn't responding to the usual treatments. It was only when family members stopped smoking marijuana at home that his breathing got better, according to his doctor. The boy's case shows that exposure to secondhand pot smoke can worsen asthma in children who have a marijuana allergy, a new study reports. The child's relatives ...

More Teens Try Pot Before Booze, Cigarettes

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 – Rebellious teens used to reach for cigarettes or alcohol. Now, marijuana is increasingly their first choice, a new study reveals. Columbia University researchers who analyzed national survey data say the "gateway pattern" of substance use is changing. Since 2006, less than 50 percent of teens have tried cigarettes or alcohol before trying marijuana for the first time, ...

Donated Kidneys From Pot Users Seem Safe: Study

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 – Marijuana use by live donors has no effect on kidney transplant outcomes for donors or recipients, a new study finds. National Kidney Registry recommendations exclude substance abusers from donating kidneys, and transplant centers may refuse live donors with a history of marijuana use. Until this study, however, there had been no evidence about how marijuana use may ...

Secondhand Pot Smoke Found in Kids' Lungs

Posted 19 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 – If you're a pot-smoking parent and you think your kids aren't affected, think again. New research found evidence of secondhand marijuana smoke exposure in nearly half of children whose parents smoke the drug. "While the effects of tobacco smoke have been studied extensively, we are still learning about marijuana exposure," said researcher Dr. Karen Wilson, from the Icahn ...

Marijuana Use Tied to Serious Diabetes Complication

Posted 8 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 – People with type 1 diabetes who use marijuana may double their risk of developing a life-threatening complication, a new study suggests. Called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), the condition occurs when there is not enough insulin to break down sugar in the body, so the body burns fat for fuel instead. This triggers a build-up of chemicals known as ketones, which make blood ...

Fewer Pregnant U.S. Women Smoke or Drink, But More Are Using Pot

Posted 6 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 – Over the past two decades, the percentage of U.S. women who say they've smoked or drank during a pregnancy has fallen, but the percentage who say they've used marijuana has nearly doubled, a new report finds. Between 2002 and 2016, the percentage of pregnant women ages 18 to 44 who said they used pot rose from 2.85 percent to nearly 5 percent, according to data from the ...

Teens at High-Performing Schools Less Likely to Use Pot

Posted 31 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 – The type of high school teens attend may determine whether they'll try marijuana and other illegal drugs, a new study suggests. "We concluded that schools play an important role in influencing adolescent behavior," said study first author Dr. Rebecca Dudovitz, an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. "Investing in schools ...

New Evidence Pot May Harm the Teen Brain

Posted 30 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 – Teens who stop smoking pot can think and learn better afterward, even if they are only light users, a new study reports. Compared to teenagers and young adults who continued using marijuana, those who abstained for a month displayed a "modest but reliable improvement in their ability to learn," said lead researcher Randi Schuster. "Most of this improvement surprisingly ...

A New Challenger to Medical Marijuana?

Posted 26 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 – A moss-like plant grown only in a few countries may offer better pain relief than medical marijuana, animal research suggests. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) from marijuana is used to treat conditions such as pain, muscle cramps, dizziness and loss of appetite. However, while medical marijuana is increasingly accepted in the United States, it's illegal in many countries and ...

Is Pot Addictive? Study Shows Withdrawal Symptoms Can Occur

Posted 26 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 – The wave of marijuana legalization that's swept across the United States in recent years has been fueled in part by the popular belief that pot is essentially harmless. But a new study shows that some heavy users will experience withdrawal symptoms while coming down from their high. About 1 in 10 frequent cannabis users reports symptoms like anxiety, hostility, insomnia ...

Stroke Rates Higher Among Pot Users

Posted 19 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 – As the use of marijuana is growing, with Canada legalizing the drug just this week, a new study that ties pot to a raised risk for stroke might give users pause. The risk for any stroke could increase by 15 percent and it could jump 29 percent for an ischemic stroke – the most common kind, said lead investigator Dr. Krupa Patel. She is a research physician at Avalon ...

Hip-Hop Loaded With Pot, Cigarette References

Posted 15 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 – Hip-hop music videos are rife with use of marijuana, e-cigarettes and traditional smokes, perhaps enticing young viewers to light up, researchers say. "While there is no doubt that hip-hop artists have made many positive contributions to social change – speaking out on issues like police violence against minorities – there's also a history of showing regulated ...

Medical Marijuana Might Help MS Patients, But Uncertainty Remains

Posted 12 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 – Medical products derived from marijuana might have a mild benefit in treating symptoms of multiple sclerosis, based on reports from patients. Drugs containing the major chemical compounds in cannabis are associated with a limited and mild reduction in muscle contractions, bladder dysfunction and pain, based on patient self-assessments from clinical trials included in a ...

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