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Marijuana Use Increased in Pregnant Women with HIV

In this cohort study including 2310 pregnant and postpartum individuals living with HIV from the Surveillance Monitoring for Antiretroviral Toxicities (SMARTT) study, use of marijuana increased from 2007 to 2019 and was more frequent in locations with medical marijuana legalization. The prevalence of alcohol and opioid use did not change over that time. To read

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Fentanyl-laced marijuana blamed for overdose in Vermont

From the WCAX News Team in Brattleboro, VT Originally published Nov. 21, 2021 at 9:26 PM EST One person has overdosed on marijuana laced with fentanyl. The patient was revived via CPR and several doses of Narcan. Upon questioning, the patient stated that they had not ingested any opiates, only marijuana. The pot then tested

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Suspension upheld for Michigan doctor in medical marijuana case

The Michigan appeals court affirmed a two-year suspension for a doctor who approved nearly 22,000 medical marijuana certificates in a 12-month period. An expert said it would have been impossible for Dr. Vernon Proctor to conduct exams, obtain medical histories and take other necessary steps for that many patients. To read the full story, first

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Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) for reducing health harms from non-medical cannabis use

From an article, available online in August 2021 in the International Journal of Drug Policy, researchers found that cannabis use can result in adverse health outcomes, mostly among sub-groups with higher-risk use. Reducing the risk factors identified can help to reduce health harm from use. The Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) offer one targeted intervention

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Assessment of Recreational Cannabis Dispensaries’ Compliance With Underage Access and Marketing Restrictions in California

Published in JAMA Pediatrics in August 2021, this cross-sectional study, conducted by a research team at the University of California, San Diego, examined the compliance of recreational cannabis dispensaries with underage access and exposure to products and marketing in California. The team identified and audited all the RCDs in California statewide (N = 700) between

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Overwhelmed by illegal pot, Oregon county declares emergency

Illegal marijuana grows have been a persistent problem throughout the West, even in states that have legalized pot. A county in southern Oregon says it is so overwhelmed by illegal marijuana farms that it declared a state of emergency Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, appealing to the governor and the Legislature’s leaders for help. A megadrought

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POLITICSOregon Governor Plans To Veto Bill To Regulate Kratom Sales That Advocates Say Would Protect Consumers

Kudos to Oregon Governor on veto. Kratom was associated with outbreak of salmonella and people who have kratom use disorder. Regulation and standards are important consumer protection measures. Refer to the IASIC library on contamination or marijuana products. Read the full article here: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/oregon-governor-plans-to-veto-bill-to-regulate-kratom-sales-that-advocates-say-would-protect-consumers/

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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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