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September 28, 2020

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Study of Siblings Finds Moderate Cannabis Use Impacts Cognitive Functioning

A new study compares adolescent siblings to determine the impact of early and frequent use of marijuana on cognitive function. This study contrasts with previous studies by finding that moderate ...

Marijuana Use While Pregnant Boosts Risk of Children's Sleep Problems

As many as 7% of moms-to-be use marijuana while pregnant, and that number is rising fast as more use it to quell morning sickness. But new research suggests such use could have a lasting impact on ...

Marijuana Concentrates Spike THC Levels but Don't Boost Impairment

A study of 121 regular users of legal market cannabis found that higher potency does not necessarily mean greater intoxication. It also found that while balance and memory are impaired immediately ...

Teens Are Using a Highly Potent Form of Marijuana

Nearly one in four Arizona teens have used a highly potent form of marijuana known as marijuana concentrate, according to a new study. Among nearly 50,000 eighth, 10th, and 12th graders from the 2018 ...
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Finding Cortisone Alternatives With Fewer Side Effects

Researchers are examining the beneficial effects of cortisone in order to lay the groundwork for the development of similar drugs with fewer side ...

Look Beyond Opioids to Solve National Substance Use Epidemic

A new study published reveals that three-quarters of participants in an inpatient addiction intervention program came into the hospital using more than one substance. The findings suggests that a ...

Rates of E-Cigarette and Marijuana Use Not Associated With Vaping-Related Lung Injuries, Study Finds

Higher rates of e-cigarette and marijuana use in U.S. states did not result in more e-cigarette or vaping-related lung injuries (known as EVALI), a new study from the Yale School of Public Health ...

A Complex Gene Program Initiates Brain Changes in Response to Cocaine

Researchers used single-nucleus RNA sequencing to compare transcriptional responses to acute cocaine in 16 unique cell populations from the brain nucleus accumbens. The atlas is part of a major study ...

Study Says Inhalers OK to Use Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Researchers find that the benefits of inhalers for asthma sufferers outweigh the risks of contracting coronavirus, following concerns raised after WHO warned that steroids could reduce ...

Some People Are Easily Addicted to Drugs, but Others Are Not

Researchers have discovered that dopamine D2 receptors (DRD2s) in cholinergic interneurons (ChINs) play a crucial role in cocaine ...

Minimum Legal Age for Cannabis Use Should Be 19, Study Suggests

The optimal minimum legal age for non-medical cannabis use is 19 years of age, according to a new ...

Antibiotics May Increase Risk for Opioid Abuse

Taking antibiotics alongside opioids may increase the risk of opioid abuse, according to research in ...

Holistic Approach Best for Tackling Nonmedical Drug Use, Study Finds

Health practitioners are constantly developing new ways to help those with drug and alcohol addictions wean themselves from their substance of choice. Most such programs have limited success, ...

New Study Could Lead to Therapeutic Interventions to Treat Cocaine Addiction

A new study explains how cocaine modifies functions in the brain revealing a potential target for therapies aimed at treating cocaine ...

Early Exposure to Cannabis Boosts Young Brains' Sensitivity to Cocaine, Rodent Study Finds

Cannabis use makes young brains more sensitive to the first exposure to cocaine, according to a new study on rodents. By monitoring the brains of both adolescent and adult rats after giving them ...

Novel Role for Dopamine That Impacts Gene Expression Related to Cocaine Abuse

Scientists have discovered a new role for the brain chemical dopamine that is independent of classic neurotransmission. The new role appears to be critical to changes in gene expression related to ...

Whether Marijuana Helps With Pain Is Unclear

Medical marijuana users who say they have high levels of pain are more likely than those with low pain to say they use cannabis three or more times a day, a new study finds. However, daily marijuana ...

Marijuana May Impair Female Fertility

Female eggs exposed to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, have an impaired ability to produce viable embryos, and are significantly less likely to result in a viable pregnancy, according ...

Saliva Test for Cannabis Could Someday Help Identify Impaired Drivers

Those who consume alcohol and drive are often subjected to roadside stops, breathalyzer tests and stiff penalties if their blood alcohol content exceeds certain limits. Currently, no such test exists ...

New Research Sheds Light on Potentially Negative Effects of Cannabis

Coughing fits, anxiety and paranoia are three of the most common adverse reactions to cannabis, according to a recent ...

Legal Marijuana Products Too Strong for Pain Relief

More than 90% of the legal marijuana products offered in medical dispensaries are much stronger than what clinical studies have shown that doctors recommend for chronic pain relief, according to a ...

Populations Most at Risk of Opiate Addiction

Researchers found that white males ages 30 to 39 were most at risk of fatal overdoses in Ohio. The study also identified 12 clusters in the state where overdose rates were ...

Artisanal CBD Not as Effective as Pharmaceutical CBD for Reducing Seizures

Children and teens with epilepsy who were treated with pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) had much better seizure control than those who were treated with artisanal CBD, according to a preliminary ...

Researchers Uncover Hidden Antibiotic Potential of Cannabis

The research team found that CBG had antibacterial activity against drug-resistant MRSA. It prevented the ability of that bacteria to form biofilms, which are communities of microorganisms that ...

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