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Cannabis Contaminants Limit Pharmacological Use of Cannabidiol

For nearly a century, Cannabis has been stigmatized and criminalized across the globe, but in recent years, there has been a growing interest in Cannabis due to the therapeutic potential of phytocannabinoids. With this emerging interest in Cannabis, concerns have arisen about the possible contaminations of hemp with pesticides, heavy metals, microbial pathogens, and carcinogenic compounds during the cultivation, manufacturing,

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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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Longitudinal Course of Mental Health Symptoms Among Veterans With and Without Cannabis Use Disorder

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. In the first long-term and

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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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Mom Says Her Son’s Delta 8 Use Turned Fatal

Meet Rita, a mom who says her son Brian’s Delta 8 usage turned fatal. Rita shares he started complaining about loss of time, blacking out and hearing voices, but she did not realize those symptoms were related to his use of Delta 8. After he took his life, a toxicology report only found THC in his

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OUR CHANGED WORLD: ‘A lot of people started using a lot of cannabis’: CMHA says referrals for early psychosis have doubled

Increased cannabis use brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic might be causing more young people to lose grip with reality. “A lot of people started using a lot of cannabis,” according to Dr. Allie Douglas, lead psychiatrist for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s first-step early psychosis intervention program serving Waterloo-Wellington. “The number of people coming

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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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Cannabis and Psychosis: Recent Epidemiological Findings Continuing the “Causality Debate”

Nonmedical (“recreational”) cannabis use and cannabis laws have changed over the past two decades in the United States (1) and the rest of the world (2). Increasing use, especially among the young, coupled with the increasing potency of cannabis (higher delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] content) during this period (3), has raised concerns about the long-term health impact

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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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