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Medical marijuana may trigger substance abuse

Obtaining a medical marijuana card may pose a risk for those who use cannabis products to treat pain, anxiety, or depression, according to a Massachusetts General Hospital study. In a significant minority of individuals, researchers found those at greatest risk of developing the addictive symptoms of cannabis use disorder (CUD) were seeking relief from anxiety

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Cannabis Use Disorder was associated with worse and more persistent alcohol use and PTSD symptom severity over time

Cannabis use disorder (CUD) is the most common non-alcohol related substance use disorder (SUD) in the United States and is especially prevalent among returning veterans. The long-term mental health correlates of CUD remain unknown, which is significant given the rise in legalization and also recreational and medicinal cannabis use nationally. You can access the full

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Marijuana Legalization and Opioid Deaths

Over the last two decades there has been considerable movement at the state-level to legalize marijuana, initially for medical purposes and more recently for recreational consumption. Despite prior research, it is unclear how, if at all, these policies are related to rates of opioid-involved overdose deaths, which have trended rapidly upwards over time and represent

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How to Talk to Kids About Drugs

Listen to Joe Eberstein’s discussion on High Truths on Drugs and Addiction, Episode #5 A high school student asks “Isn’t it safer to use marijuana over alcohol?” Joe Eberstein is an IASIC advisor, prevention specialist, motivational speaker and expert on youth marijuana use and vaping. Should parents be honest with their prior drug use with kids? How

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The Burden of Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD) Among Youth

The Vermont Public Health Association has adopted a policy on cannabis, which includes limits on THC. The Vermont Public Health Association (VtPHA) supports significant and ongoing funding to uphold a comprehensive, evidence-supported system of cannabis use education, prevention, screening, intervention, treatment and recovery. There should be a focus on decreasing risk factors for cannabis use

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CO Mother Pens A Letter to Voters: Protect our kids from high-potency pot

Wife of a CO Senator and mother of four, Michelle Priola penned this piece for the Denver Gazette about her son’s struggles and triumph over high-potency marijuana. “Our oldest child started using high-potency marijuana at age 14. He got it from his friend’s older brother. His discovery has had a profound impact on his life

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Have We Lost the Cannabis Legalization War?

Listen to Dr. Kevin Sabet’s discussion on High Truths on Drugs and Addiction, Episode #23 Have we lost the cannabis legalization war? This is a question posed to Dr. Kevin Sabet, IASIC Advisor, former White House Advisor, and president and CEO of SAM, Smart Approaches to Marijuana. Listen to his expertise on High Truths on

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The Gateway Drug Phenomenon

If you ask people who survived a fentanyl overdose about their journey into drugs, they will invariably mention starting with marijuana at a young age, even 12-13. Marijuana, nicotine, and alcohol are well-known gateway drugs. The International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis has a medical library translated for a common understanding of

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Case Reports on the Failure of Smoking Marijuana to Prevent Relapse to Use of Opiates in Adolescents/Young Adults With Opiate Use Disorder

Case Reports on the Failure of Smoking Marijuana to Prevent Relapse to Use of Opiates in Adolescents/Young Adults With Opiate Use Disorder Twenty-six adolescent/young adult patients with opioid use disorder smoked marijuana in an attempt to avoid relapse to opiate use. In each case, smoking marijuana increased cravings and urges for opiates and promoted opiate

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Major Uptick Reported in Cannabis Vaping for All Adolescents

Cannabis vaping is increasing as the most popular method of cannabis delivery among all adolescents in the U.S., as is the frequency of cannabis vaping, according to research at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The study found that the frequency of vaping cannabis among adolescents from all demographic groups is reported at six

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The phytochemical diversity of commercial Cannabis in the United States

The legal status of Cannabis is changing, fueling an increasing diversity of Cannabis-derived products. Because Cannabis contains dozens of chemical compounds with potential psychoactive or medicinal effects, understanding this phytochemical diversity is crucial. The legal Cannabis industry heavily markets products to consumers based on widely used labeling systems purported to predict the effects of different

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What is THCP?

THCP, which is short for tetrahydrocannabiphorol and scientifically known as (-)-Trans-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabiphorol, is a natural cannabinoid and analog of THC present in varieties of cannabis. It’s thought to be 33 times more active at cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors than THC, causing an intense and intoxicating euphoric high. THCP’s legality is stuck between conflicting federal legislation. It’s not

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