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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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United States marijuana legalization and opioid mortality epidemic during 2010–2020 and pandemic implications

Background The hypothesis that marijuana availability reduces opioid mortality merits more complete testing, especially in a country with the world’s highest opioid death rate and 2nd highest cannabis-use-disorder prevalence. Methods The United States opioid mortality rate was compared in states and District of Columbia that had implemented marijuana legalization with states that had not, by

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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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Lifetime marijuana use and epigenetic age acceleration: A 17-year prospective examination

This study was designed to assess links between lifetime levels of marijuana use and accelerated epigenetic aging. This was a prospective longitudinal study, following participants annually from age 13 to age 30. The participants were 154 individuals from a small city in the Southeastern United States. Participants completed annual assessments of marijuana use from age 13 to age

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Listen to Addiction Psychiatrist Elizabeth “Libby” Stuyt’s discussion on High Truths on Drugs and Addiction, Episode #58

High potency THC is associated with psychosis and schizophrenia. Why are we not following the science? Join us with Dr. Elizabeth Stuyt as we discuss the concerning increase of THC potency in cannabis and how it can affect our brain. Increased paranoia, psychosis, and schizophrenia are examples of conditions we are seeing more and more

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‘Alarming’ Number of NY Teens are ‘Overdosing’ on Weed in HV

Officials from the Hudson Valley continue to worry after a number of high school students were hospitalized from marijuana use. Last week, several Pine Bush High School students were transported to the hospital due to drug use. “The health consequences were serious, but they have recovered and are getting support from their families,” Pine Bush’s interim

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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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Talking to Teens About Cannabis Gummies as Use Booms

Schools and doctors say more teens are getting high at school on candies or cookies containing cannabis. The expanding legalization of recreational marijuana across the U.S. has led to wider availability of cannabis edibles. Their popularity has created vexing problems for educators and families, who say it has become harder to detect teens’ cannabis use.

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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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