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Most U.S. Pot Users Think They Can Get Away With Driving High

Posted 1 day 6 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 19, 2019 – Most Americans think they won't get caught driving while high on marijuana, a new AAA Foundation survey finds. Nearly 70% of the nearly 2,600 licensed drivers polled think there's a low chance that a driver using pot will be stopped by police. "Marijuana can significantly alter reaction times and impair a driver's judgment," said David Yang, the foundation's executive...

More Women Using Pot During Pregnancy, Despite Potential Harms to Baby

Posted 1 day 22 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 – As laws around marijuana relax nationwide and the drug becomes more popular, American women are increasingly using pot during pregnancy, a new study finds. The study was based on data from more than 467,000 women collected between 2002 and 2017. The researchers found that the percentage of women who said they'd used cannabis at least once during a pregnancy doubled...

Legalizing Medical Pot Won't Ease Opioid Crisis: Study

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 10, 2019 – Medical marijuana has been a beacon of hope in the opioid epidemic, with states legalizing weed in hopes that its use will cut down on fatal overdoses from painkiller use. Now, a new study is throwing cold water on that notion. There's no association between medical marijuana laws and opioid overdose death rates, researchers report. The OD death rate actually increased...

Legalizing Medical Pot Won't Ease Opioid Crisis: Study

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 10, 2019 – Medical marijuana has been a beacon of hope in the opioid epidemic, with states legalizing weed in hopes that its use will cut down on fatal overdoses from painkiller use. Now, a new study is throwing cold water on that notion. There's no association between medical marijuana laws and opioid overdose death rates, researchers report. The OD death rate actually increased...

Less Pain, More Car Crashes: Legalized Marijuana a Mixed Bag

Posted 16 May 2019 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 – If Colorado is any indication, the legalization of marijuana does not come without health hazards. New research shows that while it led to a decline in hospitalizations for chronic pain, there were increases in traffic crashes, alcohol abuse and drug overdoses in the state. However, there was no significant increase in overall hospital admissions. "We need to think...

Can Medical Marijuana Help Kids With Autism?

Posted 10 May 2019 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 10, 2019 – Medical marijuana extracts appear to help children with autism, reducing their disruptive behavior while improving their social responsiveness, a new Israeli clinical trial reports. Kids treated with either a whole-plant cannabis extract or a pure combination of cannabidiol (CBD) and THC experienced a significant improvement in their symptoms, compared with a control group...

Many Drivers Testing Positive for Marijuana, Even With Kids in Car

Posted 25 Apr 2019 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 25, 2019 – Many people may drive with marijuana in their system – even when they have kids in the car. That's the upshot of a new study of drivers in Washington state, where recreational pot is legal. In roadside tests of more than 2,000 drivers, researchers found that 14% of those with a child in the car tested positive for THC, the component that creates marijuana's "high." In...

Don't Assume Pot Will Make You Fat

Posted 24 Apr 2019 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2019 – Even though marijuana triggers the "munchies" in many people, adults who use the drug tend to weigh less than nonusers, a new study finds. The finding stems from data on the weight of 33,000 Americans, 18 and older. Researchers found that all gained weight over three years. However, those who used pot bulked up less than those who did not. The study also found that...

Medical Marijuana Use Rising Among Cancer Patients

Posted 22 Apr 2019 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 22, 2019 – Americans with cancer are more likely to use marijuana and prescription opioids than those without cancer, and the use of medical marijuana by this group is on the rise, new research shows. Pain is common among cancer patients, but many do not get adequate pain relief, the researchers noted. The new study looked at more than 800 adults with cancer who took part in the...

Pot During Pregnancy May Raise Child's Psychosis Risk

Posted 1 Apr 2019 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 1, 2019 – Children born to mothers who used marijuana during pregnancy may be at increased risk for psychosis, according to a new study. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis analyzed data from an ongoing nationwide study of child health and brain development. The analysis included nearly 4,400 children born to about 3,800 mothers between 2005 and 2008. Of those...

Colorado Sees Spike in ER Visits After Pot Made Legal

Posted 26 Mar 2019 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 – If Colorado is any indication, the legalization of marijuana comes with a downside. Researchers reported that emergency departments across the state saw a sharp spike in marijuana-related visits after recreational use of pot products was made legal. For the study, the researchers analyzed data on almost 10,000 patients seen at the UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital...

Is Medical Pot a Blessing for Seniors?

Posted 20 Mar 2019 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 – Legalized medical pot may be a boon to older Americans, boosting their health and ability to work, a new study finds. "Research [on medical marijuana] has largely ignored older adults even though they experience the highest rates of medical issues that could be treated with medical marijuana," said co-author Lauren Hersch Nicholas. She's an assistant professor at the...

Can High-Potency Pot Make You Crazy?

Posted 20 Mar 2019 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 – The jittery, delusional potheads of the old movie "Reefer Madness" have prompted eye rolls and chuckles over the years, but a new study argues that the cult classic might contain a kernel of truth. Smoking pot every day could increase your risk of a psychotic break with reality, particularly if you have access to high-potency strains of marijuana, European researchers...

Health Tip: Short-term Effects of Marijuana

Posted 19 Mar 2019 by Drugs.com

-- Marijuana is a commonly used psychoactive drug among young people in the United States. More than 11 million young adults ages 18 to 25 used marijuana in 2015, the National Institute of Drug Abuse says. The illicit drug contains the mind-altering chemical THC. Short-term effects of marijuana use include: Altered sense of time. Changes in mood. Difficulty problem-solving. Impaired memory and...

Medical Pot: An Elixir for the Elderly?

Posted 1 Mar 2019 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 – Your grandparents' chronic aches and pains might best be eased with a little weed, a new study suggests. Not only did folks over 75 who took medical marijuana report less pain, their use of pot-based capsules, tinctures and e-cigarettes allowed a third of these patients to reduce their use of opioid painkillers, researchers found. "Medical marijuana, in my opinion, is...

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