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

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

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 19 days ago by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

Vendors Say Pot Eases Morning Sickness. Will Baby Pay a Price?

Posted 22 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 – Nearly 70 percent of Colorado marijuana dispensaries recommended pot products to manage early pregnancy-related morning sickness, new research reveals. In a "mystery caller" approach, researchers posed as women who were eight weeks pregnant, experiencing nausea and vomiting, and seeking advice about cannabis product use. Four hundred marijuana dispensaries were contacted, ...

Mom-to-Be's Pot Use Tied to Changes in Baby's Size, Behavior

Posted 22 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – Smoking marijuana during pregnancy has been linked to smaller weights and irritable behavior in infants, new research suggests. And if a pregnant woman smokes tobacco along with marijuana, the effects on the baby are even worse, the study authors said. "A lot of women who are smoking cigarettes are smoking in combination with marijuana. Women who smoked both cigarettes ...

Medical Marijuana Ads May Spur Teen Pot Use

Posted 17 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – Teens who watch more medical marijuana ads are more likely to smoke pot themselves, new research indicates. "Our findings suggest that increased exposure to medical marijuana advertising is associated with increased marijuana use and related negative consequences throughout adolescence," said study lead author Elizabeth D'Amico, of the RAND Corporation. "This work ...

Low Dose of CBD Oil Eases Epilepsy Seizures: Study

Posted 17 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – Less appears to be more when it comes to treating epilepsy with the marijuana extract cannabidiol, a new clinical trial suggests. Patients taking a 10-milligram (mg) daily dose of pharmaceutical grade cannabidiol (CBD) experienced nearly as great a reduction in seizures as patients on 20 mg, and with fewer side effects, said lead researcher Dr. Orrin Devinsky. He is ...

More U.S. Parents Smoking Pot Around Kids

Posted 14 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 14, 2018 – Progress made in limiting kids' exposure to secondhand smoke could be undermined by the increasing popularity of pot, a new study suggests. "As we are removing cigarette smoke – and that's a major public policy achievement – that success will be attenuated by increasing exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke," said lead researcher Renee Goodwin. The numbers confirm the ...

Alcohol, Tobacco Cause More Health Harm Than Illegal Drugs

Posted 11 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – It's smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol – and not taking illegal drugs – that pose the greatest risks to people's health, a new international study contends. Researchers found that alcohol and tobacco use combined cost more than a quarter of a billion disability-adjusted life-years worldwide, while illegal drugs only accounted for tens of millions in comparison. ...

Cancer Docs: We Need More Research on Medical Marijuana

Posted 10 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 – Most cancer doctors say they don't know enough about medical marijuana to provide an informed opinion to patients. Nevertheless, many go ahead and give its use their blessing, a national survey reveals. Seven out of 10 oncologists surveyed in the United States said they aren't informed enough about the risks and benefits of medical marijuana to recommend its use to ...

No Sign Pot Smoking Will Trigger Irregular Heartbeat: Study

Posted 8 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 – If you have suffered a heart attack, getting high on pot won't harm your heart's regular rhythm, a new study suggests. Marijuana users who have suffered a heart attack had about the same risk as nonusers of a rapid and irregular rhythm in the lower chambers of the heart, known as the ventricles, the researchers found. "We found no difference in the two populations," said ...

CBD Oil: All the Rage, But Is It Really Safe and Effective?

Posted 7 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 – Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has become the hot new product in states that have legalized medical marijuana. The non-intoxicating marijuana extract is being credited with helping treat a host of medical problems – everything from epileptic seizures to anxiety to inflammation to sleeplessness. But experts say the evidence is scant for most of these touted benefits. Worse, CBD is ...

If Kids Exposed to Pot, Tobacco Smoke, ER Visits Rise

Posted 7 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 – Clouds of pot and cigarette smoke in a home make it more likely a young child will visit the emergency room or have an ear infection, researchers say. Secondhand smoke from marijuana and tobacco increases a kid's odds of going to the ER, according to preliminary findings from a Colorado study. "Those kids have an average of two-and-a-half ER visits in the prior year, ...

Medical Marijuana May Not Help Your Sleep Apnea: Experts

Posted 25 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 – Medical marijuana shouldn't be used to treat sleep apnea, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says in a new position statement. The group warned that the drug and its synthetic extracts haven't been shown to be safe, effective or well-tolerated by patients with this condition. "Until we have further evidence on the efficacy of medical cannabis for the treatment of ...

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