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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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Are state fair officials high? They should not reward super-potent marijuana

Cannabis is making its debut at the California State Fair in July, taking its place among chardonnays, craft brews, tomato salsas, pickled peppers and satsuma marmalades as a product of the state’s agricultural bounty. Don’t expect to see contest judges getting stoned in a booth between the popcorn and the piglets, though. Marijuana will be

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IASIC Speaker Series Presents Marijuana Guidance for Medical Providers

The International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis (IASIC) is excited to present the IASIC Speaker Series. Presented free of charge, this ongoing educational seminar series will focus on the science, data and peer-reviewed research surrounding marijuana and will be led by international medical experts. This non-partisan and non-political series is continually developed,

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This is your SKIN on drugs

Listen to Dermatopathologist Catherine Antley’s discussion on High Truths on Drugs and Addiction, Episode #40 Many people have heard about the risk of your BRAIN on drugs, but what about your SKIN on drugs? Your skin, your epidermis, is the largest organ of your body and is about 20 square feet. Dr. Catherine Antley is

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Florida Health Officials Seek To Throw Book At Pot Doctor

State health officials are asking an administrative law judge to permanently ban a Tallahassee physician from ordering medical marijuana for patients, suspend his medical license for five years and impose a $10,000 fine, after an investigation that included undercover agents posing as patients. The Department of Health’s proposed penalties against physician Joseph Dorn – who

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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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Teen suffers apparent overdose from fentanyl-laced marijuana at Connecticut high school, police say

Police responded to Bloomfield High School at 10:48 a.m. Thursday following reports of an apparent drug overdose. The 16-year-old student was given first aid by responding officers and staff, including “administering multiple doses” of Narcan, which is used to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose. He was transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and

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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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