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Is Medical Pot a Blessing for Seniors?

Posted 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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...

Don't Open Medical Pot Dispensaries Near Schools: Poll

Posted 19 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 19, 2019 – While the vast majority of American parents support legal medical marijuana, they want pot dispensaries banned near schools or day care centers, according to a new national survey. The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital poll was conducted by the University of Michigan. Not only did three-quarters of parents support legalizing marijuana for medicinal use, a third supported...

Teen Pot Use Fell in States That Legalized Medical Marijuana: Study

Posted 15 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 – Marijuana legalization has been sweeping across the United States, raising concerns that more teens will start toking as pot smoking gains in legitimacy. A new study suggests that's not the case. Researchers actually found fewer teen marijuana users in states that have adopted medical marijuana laws. States with medical marijuana laws had 1.1 percent fewer teenage pot...

Teen Pot Use Linked to Later Depression, Suicide Attempts

Posted 13 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13, 2019 – Pot may be particularly dangerous for the teenaged brain, a new review suggests. Not only were those who smoked marijuana more likely to suffer depression and suicidal thoughts, they were also more than three times as likely to attempt suicide between the ages of 18 and 32. What isn't clear from the review is why. Does marijuana (cannabis) somehow affect the developing...

He Ate a 'Pot Lollipop' -- and a Heart Attack Soon Followed

Posted 11 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 11, 2019 – If you're an aging baby boomer who thinks you can handle today's potent marijuana "edibles," the case of a man who had a heart attack after eating a pot lollipop should give you pause. The 70-year-old patient had been taking heart medications and consumed roughly 90 milligrams (mg) of THC while trying to ease pain and aid sleep. That's a far greater amount than the 7 mg...

Where Marijuana Is Legal, Many Teens Drive While High

Posted 6 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 – In states where marijuana is legal, teens smoking pot and then getting behind the wheel of a car is common, a new study finds. "There's a general public zeitgeist that marijuana is a pretty safe drug," said study co-author Darin Erickson, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health. "In actuality, there hasn't been a lot of research...

Could a Little Pot Smoking Actually Raise Men's Fertility?

Posted 6 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 – Forget the mellow slacker image – pot smoking might actually make men more potent. Men who've smoked marijuana appear to have significantly higher sperm concentrations than those who've never given it a try, a new study reports. There's also a potential link between pot use and testosterone, said senior researcher Dr. Jorge Chavarro. He's an associate professor of...

Why Do More and More Americans Use Medical Marijuana?

Posted 5 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 5, 2019 – Easing chronic pain is the main reason Americans use medical marijuana, a new study finds. "We wanted to understand the reasons why people are using cannabis medically, and whether those reasons for use are evidence-based," said lead author Kevin Boehnke. He's an investigator at University of Michigan's Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center. Boehnke and his colleagues...

AHA: Marijuana, Cocaine May Play Role in Young Americans' Rising Stroke Rate

Posted 4 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 4, 2019 (American Heart Association) – The vast majority of strokes occur in people over 65, but the number of younger adults having strokes is rising. New research suggests growth in illegal drug use could be playing a role. Past research has shown higher cardiovascular death rates for young adults who used cocaine or marijuana. But the new study, presented next week at the...

As More Smoke Pot, Are Their Jobs at Risk?

Posted 23 Jan 2019 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 – As increasing numbers of Americans use marijuana, there is a rising risk of job loss among those who use the drug, a new study suggests. "Job loss may be an overlooked social cost of marijuana use," said study author Cassandra Okechukwu, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and colleagues. For the study, researchers analyzed data from tens of thousands of...

More Evidence Pot May Damage the Teen Brain

Posted 14 Jan 2019 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 – Smoking just a couple of joints may cause significant changes in a teenager's brain structure, a new study has found. Brain scans show that some adolescents who've tried marijuana just a couple of times exhibit significant increases in the volume of their gray matter. These changes were associated with increased risk of anxiety, and decreased ability on thinking and...

Many Medical Marijuana Patients Drive While High

Posted 10 Jan 2019 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 – Medical marijuana may help the thousands of Americans who use it, but far too many of these folks are getting behind the wheel while high, new research shows. In a poll of medical marijuana patients in Michigan, more than half acknowledged having driven within two hours of consuming a cannabis treatment at least once during the prior six months. About 20 percent they...

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