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The X factor affecting the mental health of Colorado’s kids

As the state continues to experience what Children’s Hospital has called “an emergency” in children’s mental health, I’ve been wondering why Colorado is so much worse than other states in quality and access of care, as well as rates of teen suicide and mental illness. To read more, click here for the story from The

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Sentinel Surveillance of Substance-Related Poisonings in Canada: Spotlight on Cannabis

Substance-related poisonings and injuries in Canada have received increasing attention in recent years due to emerging public health concerns, such as the opioid overdose crisis, the introduction of synthetic cannabinoids to the illicit market and the emergence of electronic cigarettes/vaping products on the Canadian market. Furthermore, there has been a general increase in substance-related hospitalizations

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Three Years After Legalization, Canada Has Little Information About How It Changed Cannabis Use and Health Harms

In an editorial piece penned by Public Health Physician and Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellow Daniel Myran for The Conversation, Dr. Myran explains the lack of timely and current data on recreational cannabis legalization before a mandated review of the health impacts. He cites three main areas that limit the understanding of legalization’s health

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Catherine Antley discusses the risks of cannabis use on The Judge Ben Show.

Judge Ben hosts Dr. Catherine Antley who discusses the risks of cannabis use, specifically as it pertains to citizens of Vermont. Vermont has the highest users of marijuana in all US states. https://storage.googleapis.com/cctv-library/cctv/library/2021/12/JudgeBenRisksCannabis_F_12172021/JudgeBenRisksCannabis_F_12172021.broadband.mp4 For more information on the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis, and to join, please visit www.IASIC1.org. Visit the

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The Cannabis Industry and the Term ‘Medical Cannabis’

The following blog is from Dr. Bobby Smyth is a child and adolescent psychiatrist from Dublin and on the IASIC medical advisory panel. IASIC is the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis – Doctors education on the harms of cannabis. It is time that the medical community takes back the word “medical” to its

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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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Colorado’s crime wave and marijuana policies

Coloradans’ concerns about public safety are growing and for good reason. Former District Attorneys George Brauchler and Mitch Morrissey recently pointed out startling increases in crime from 2011-2020: a 35% jump in violent crime, and a historic rise in property crimes. While marijuana is not solely responsible for the crime wave, evidence suggests it has

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A Public Health Approach to Regulating Commercially Legalized Cannabis

Policy Statement from the American Public Health Association (APHA): As of January 2020, 33 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands had legalized medical use of cannabis/marijuana, and 11 of those jurisdictions had legalized nonmedical adult use, typically in commercial and retail marketplaces. The federal government has not challenged

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In Search of an Effective International Drug Policy

International drug policy faces a critical juncture in terms of fundamental policy decisions, which could reduce drug use on one hand or, conversely, risk increases of drug use and its inherent harms on the other.” From an article co-authored by IASIC President Eric Voth in 2000, many questions regarding international and domestic drug policy are

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Federal Regulations of Cannabis for Public Health in the United States

Millions of Americans use cannabis in moderation each month without any problems. However, evidence is mounting of harmful physical and mental health effects associated with heavy or long-term regular cannabis use. At the same time, existing legal markets in the United States are making high-potency cannabis products available to adult consumers. Recent international recommendations suggest

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Vaping May Open the Door to Cannabis Use in Teens

Adolescents who used e-cigarettes were significantly more likely to become new smokers of cannabis shortly thereafter, a cohort study found. Cannabis-naive adolescents reporting ever vaping at baseline were more than twice as likely to report also using cannabis when surveyed a year later (adjusted RR 2.57 vs nonusers of e-cigarettes, 95% CI 2.04-3.09), reported Ruoyan

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Clinical management of cannabis withdrawal

Cannabis withdrawal is a well-characterized phenomenon that occurs in approximately half of regular and dependent cannabis users after abrupt cessation or significant reductions in cannabis products that contain Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This review describes the diagnosis, prevalence, course and management of cannabis withdrawal and highlights opportunities for future clinical research. Read the full study published in

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Association of cannabis potency with mental ill health and addiction: a systematic review

Cannabis potency, defined as the concentration of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has increased internationally, which could increase the risk of adverse health outcomes for cannabis users. We present, to our knowledge, the first systematic review of the association of cannabis potency with mental health and addiction (PROSPERO, CRD42021226447). We searched Embase, PsycINFO, and MEDLINE (from database inception

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