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Secondhand marijuana smoke and kids

June 5, 2018 - 19:54
Link: Secondhand marijuana smoke and kidsArticle Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018Tuesday, June 5, 2018Tags:

During the same time period that cigarette smoking around children came down more than 7%, marijuana smoking around children went up nearly 5%. With more and more states legalizing marijuana for recreational use, that number is likely to continue going up.
This is not good. Besides the fact that we don’t want children getting high, or exposed to the dangers of inhaled secondhand marijuana smoke, there is the additional concern about long-term effects on the brain. While research is still ongoing, there is evidence to suggest that when youth and young adults (whose brains are still developing) are exposed to marijuana, it may have permanent effects on executive function, memory, and even IQ.

DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

May 28, 2018 - 08:31
Link: DRUG PARAPHERNALIAArticle Date: Monday, May 28, 2018Monday, May 28, 2018Tags:

Click on link for updated list of drug paraphernalia

OP-ED: LEGALIZING MARIJUANA PUTS NEW JERSEY ADOLESCENTS AT RISK

May 25, 2018 - 15:06
Link: OP-ED: LEGALIZING MARIJUANA PUTS NEW JERSEY ADOLESCENTS AT RISKArticle Date: Friday, May 25, 2018Friday, May 25, 2018Tags:

When we talk about legalizing marijuana, we must acknowledge that we are talking about legalizing a mind-altering substance that affects the brain by impairing cognition, judgment, and reflexes. We need to discuss the science and data behind the consequences of marijuana consumption on our youth and their developing brains, as this is an issue that is far-too-often overlooked.

The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul

May 22, 2018 - 20:44
Link: The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of JuulArticle Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018Tuesday, May 22, 2018Tags:

Teens have taken a technology that was supposed to help grownups stop smoking and invented a new kind of bad habit, molded in their own image.

Drug Made From Cannabis Plant Gets Backing From FDA Staff

May 22, 2018 - 20:38
Link: Drug Made From Cannabis Plant Gets Backing From FDA StaffArticle Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018Tuesday, May 22, 2018Tags:

The treatment, which GW Pharma hopes to market under the name Epidiolex, is produced in the U.K. from a plant that has been bred to have a high cannabidiol, or CBD, content, Chief Executive Officer Justin Gover said in an interview earlier this month. The chemical is purified and made into a strawberry-flavored oral solution, he said.

Medical Cannabis Adverse Effects & Drug Interactions

May 16, 2018 - 19:44
Link: Medical Cannabis Adverse Effects & Drug InteractionsArticle Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018Wednesday, May 16, 2018Tags:

“Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife”, based on results from the Dunedin study

May 16, 2018 - 19:15
Link: “Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife”, based on results from the Dunedin study Article Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018Wednesday, May 16, 2018Tags:

The Netherland’s attempt to divide markets into soft vs. hard drugs by allowing coffee shops to sell cannabis did not result in lower consumption of hard drugs. Overall it has been a social disaster.
The cannabis grown and sold today is not same drug as was available in the 1970s. The average THC has increased to more than 15%. Cannabis issue can clearly lead to addiction. The damage to the brain from chronic use is worse compared with chronic use of heroin. Among the negative effects of long-term cannabis use in adolescence include neuropsychological dysfunction, decline in IQ, short memory, among others.
Professor Madras focused on how cannabis smoking can affect the behavior and brains of children. Preclinical tests studies show that the use of cannabis before pregnancy may have adverse effects on future children.

Florida’s medical marijuana program is attracting troubled doctors: ‘It’s like the Wild Wild West’

May 16, 2018 - 10:38
Link: Florida’s medical marijuana program is attracting troubled doctors: ‘It’s like the Wild Wild West’Article Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018Wednesday, May 16, 2018Tags:

"Marijuana doctors were 2.8 times as likely as other doctors to have been disciplined by the Board of Medicine, and 2.4 times as likely to have been charged with a crime. Altogether, 108 of them were responsible for $69.4 million in malpractice judgments and settlements, some for maiming or killing patients. Some of the doctors have been fined, suspended or stripped of their licenses in other states. They’ve misdiagnosed conditions, falsified records and written prescriptions for people they never saw. They’ve been jailed for domestic violence. A few have sexually abused patients, including those as young as 14 and 16."

Medical Marijuana Users are More Likely to Use Prescription Drugs Medically and Nonmedically

May 16, 2018 - 10:30
Link: Medical Marijuana Users are More Likely to Use Prescription Drugs Medically and NonmedicallyArticle Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018Wednesday, May 16, 2018Tags:

Conclusions: Our findings disconfirm the hypothesis that a population-level negative correlation between medical marijuana use and prescription drug harms occurs because medical marijuana users are less likely to use prescription drugs, either medically or nonmedically. Medical marijuana users should be a target population in efforts to combat nonmedical prescription drug use.

Colorado governor won't rule out banning marijuana again. Here's why

May 16, 2018 - 10:14
Link: Colorado governor won't rule out banning marijuana again. Here's whyArticle Date: Friday, April 20, 2018Wednesday, May 16, 2018Tags:

"Trust me, if the data was coming back and we saw spikes in violent crime, we saw spikes in overall crime, there would be a lot of people looking for that bottle and figuring out how we get the genie back in," he said. "It doesn't seem likely to me, but I'm not ruling it out."

Cost of Legalizing Marijuana- Illinois

May 16, 2018 - 09:35
Link: Cost of Legalizing Marijuana- IllinoisArticle Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018Wednesday, May 16, 2018Tags:

This report finds that legalization in Illinois, however, would cost at least $670 million, outweighing the projected tax revenue.

Recreational Cannabis Legalization and Opioid-Related Deaths in Colorado, 2000-2015

May 13, 2018 - 07:13
Link: Recreational Cannabis Legalization and Opioid-Related Deaths in Colorado, 2000-2015Article Date: Sunday, May 13, 2018Sunday, May 13, 2018Tags:

Note:  If you look at the blue bar you will see that opioid deaths have more than quadrupled since medical marijuana was legalized in Colorado (in 2000). And deaths rose from 377 in 2012 (year mj legalized) to 504 in 2016. No evidence that legal marijuana is helping in Colorado- if anything it could be contributing to making the opioid epidemic worse!

But the conclusion is not supported by data. This study and others that conclude marijuana helps fight the opioid crisis do not consider the many other strategies that have been implemented to fight opioid abuse, including the PDMP, treatment and Narcan. Nor is there any proof people are substituting marijuana for opioids. And this particular CO research (below) flies in the face of the actual data/ facts!

Opioid deaths in Colorado have increased based on the data from Colorado Public Health and Environment Dept.

Study's conclusion does not seem to match data.

 

 

Majority of Dispensary Workers Told Undercover Callers Pregnant Women Could Use Pot

May 9, 2018 - 20:26
Link: Majority of Dispensary Workers Told Undercover Callers Pregnant Women Could Use PotArticle Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018Wednesday, May 9, 2018Tags:

Researchers had two women conduct "mystery caller" phone conversations with employees at 400 dispensaries across the state, telling them that they were eight weeks pregnant and suffering from morning sickness. During the majority of those calls, the employees recommended the women use cannabis products.

Study shows prenatal cannabis use associated with low birth weights

May 9, 2018 - 20:13
Link: Study shows prenatal cannabis use associated with low birth weightsArticle Date: Monday, April 23, 2018Wednesday, May 9, 2018Tags:

They also discovered that prenatal marijuana use was associated with a 50 percent increased chance of low birth weight regardless of tobacco use during pregnancy. “Growing evidence suggests prenatal cannabis exposure has a detrimental impact on offspring brain function starting in the toddler years, specifically issues related to attention deficit disorder,” Crume said. “But much of the research on the effects of prenatal cannabis on neonatal outcomes was based on marijuana exposures in the 1980s and 1990s which may not reflect the potency of today’s cannabis or the many ways it is used.”

 

Florida's young medical marijuana industry takes off

April 28, 2018 - 15:50
Link: Florida's young medical marijuana industry takes offArticle Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018Saturday, April 28, 2018Tags:

Florida has lowered the original cost of the fee for doctors to be licensed to prescribe medical marijuana to $250 from $1,000 and reduced the training time to two hours from eight. It has increased the number of physicians able to recommend medical marijuana by 48 percent since the beginning of the year.
“We are looking at Florida as the biggest medical marijuana market in the United States,” he said. “As more dispensaries open and more doctors get qualified, you reach a critical mass at some point where more and more people are hearing about it and it’s easier to go to a dispensary.”

SAMHSA Head Stands Firm on Marijuana's Dangers Also says younger generation of providers is key to opioid fight

April 26, 2018 - 20:31
Link: SAMHSA Head Stands Firm on Marijuana's Dangers Also says younger generation of providers is key to opioid fightArticle Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018Thursday, April 26, 2018Tags:

I'm here to tell you this is not a safe drug," McCance-Katz said during a town hall event at "NatCon18," the National Council for Behavioral Health's annual conference.
"Americans have a right to know that and we should be telling them that," she continued.
And while tobacco and alcohol rates have declined among pregnant women in recent years, illicit drugs -- mainly marijuana but also opioids -- have increased from 78,000 women in 2015 to 111,000 in 2016, she said.
On the contrary, "marijuana use was associated with substantially increased risk of addiction and overdose for opioids," she said, citing research from Mark Olfson, MD, MPH, and colleagues in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
 
 

Mood Fluctuation and Psychobiological Instability: The Same Core Functions Are Disrupted by Novel Psychoactive Substances and Established Recreational Drugs

April 14, 2018 - 10:41
Link: Mood Fluctuation and Psychobiological Instability: The Same Core Functions Are Disrupted by Novel Psychoactive Substances and EsArticle Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018Saturday, April 14, 2018Tags:

Many novel psychoactive substances (NPS) have entered the recreational drug scene in recent years, yet the problems they cause are similar to those found with established drugs. This article will debate the psychobiological effects of these newer and more traditional substances. It will show how they disrupt the same core psychobiological functions, so damaging well-being in similar ways.

Substance Use Carries Mental Health Risks—Yes, Even Marijuana

April 13, 2018 - 21:09
Link: Substance Use Carries Mental Health Risks—Yes, Even MarijuanaArticle Date: Friday, April 13, 2018Friday, April 13, 2018Tags:

Drive Baked Get Busted

April 13, 2018 - 20:41
Link: Drive Baked Get BustedArticle Date: Friday, April 13, 2018Friday, April 13, 2018Tags:

Review of the public health risks of widespread cannabis use

April 8, 2018 - 20:12
Link: Review of the public health risks of widespread cannabis useArticle Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018Sunday, April 8, 2018Tags:

1. Legalizing cannabis has been shown to increase the rates of motor vehicle accidents.
2. Cannabis use is a risk factor for mental illness.
3. Inhaled Cannabis use is a risk factor for respiratory infections.
4. Cannabis use increases the rate of vascular disease. Cannabis is the third most often identified drug of abuse
5. Cannabis use during pregnancy has been associated with increased risk of adverse birth outcomes
6. Legalization of cannabis has been shown to increase cannabis exposure in the pediatric population.
7. Heavy cannabis use is associated with diminished lifetime achievements.
Doctors must educate the public about the potential harm cannabis causes with heavy, and possibly moderate, widespread use just as they do about the dangers of tobacco use. Tobacco use has declined in the United States in large part because of the knowledge the public now holds about its adverse effects, as opposed to legislative action.

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