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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
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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.

Verbal Memory Performance and Reduced Cortical Thickness of Brain Regions Along the Uncinate Fasciculus in Young Adult Cannabis Users

April 8, 2018 - 20:01
Link: Verbal Memory Performance and Reduced Cortical Thickness of Brain Regions Along the Uncinate Fasciculus in Young Adult Cannabis Article Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018Sunday, April 8, 2018Tags:

Conclusion: This study provides evidence that cannabis use, especially when initiated at a young age, may be associated with worse verbal memory and altered neural development along the UF. Reductions in cortical thickness in regions implicated in memory processes may underlie weaknesses in verbal memory performance.

Impact of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado on Adolescent Emergency and Urgent Care Visits.

April 8, 2018 - 18:54
Link: Impact of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado on Adolescent Emergency and Urgent Care Visits.Article Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018Sunday, April 8, 2018Tags:

From 2005 to 2015, 4,202 marijuana-related visits were identified. Behavioral health evaluation was obtained for 2,813 (67%); a psychiatric diagnosis was made for the majority (71%) of these visits. Coingestants were common; the most common was ethanol (12%). Marijuana-related visits increased from 1.8 per 1,000 visits in 2009 to 4.9 in 2015. (p = < .0001) CONCLUSIONS: Despite national survey data suggesting no appreciable difference in adolescent marijuana use, our data demonstrate a significant increase in adolescent marijuana-associated emergency department and urgent cares visits in Colorado.

   

‘No such thing as medical marijuana,’ Health Secretary says at Dayton-area visit

April 3, 2018 - 20:46
Link: ‘No such thing as medical marijuana,’ Health Secretary says at Dayton-area visitArticle Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018Tuesday, April 3, 2018Tags:

Marijuana is the pathway to heroin.... He went on to say, “There is no FDA approved use of marijuana, a botanical plant. I just want to be very clear about that.”

Azar was responding to a question from the Yellow Springs News about what role he sees medical marijuana playing as an alternative to opioids for pain relief.

 

Orleck: Medical marijuana expansion a scheme to advance pot commercialization

April 2, 2018 - 11:28
Link: Orleck: Medical marijuana expansion a scheme to advance pot commercializationArticle Date: Monday, April 2, 2018Monday, April 2, 2018Tags:

It is a sham that expands the conditions that qualify an individual for “medical marijuana” to any condition and for any person, no matter of age. It is a scheme to establish a system of “fake” medicine to further the game plan of the marijuana industry for full commercialism that will allow anyone for any reason to buy marijuana for the high they desire and the profit the industry demands. It is now up to the Vermont House to recognize what is happening and stop it before it is too late.

Marijuana Bill Would Endanger SC Children, Public Safety

April 1, 2018 - 20:47
Link: Marijuana Bill Would Endanger SC Children, Public SafetyArticle Date: Sunday, April 1, 2018Sunday, April 1, 2018Tags:

Of course, the Compassionate Care bill is neither compassionate nor caring for the vast majority of South Carolina citizens, but is a poorly veiled attempt to legalize recreational marijuana.
The collateral damage of legalizing marijuana is far-reaching, as exhibited by the states that have passed such law: decreased productivity among workers, huge spikes in traffic deaths, increase in homeless populations, criminal activity, rise in drug cartels, loan sharking, social service burdens, suicides, job-related accidents, contaminated poisoned products, increase in ER and medical needs, decreased school attendance and younger and younger users. Marijuana is the #1 addiction in teens.

Home delivery a big sales driver for Florida medical marijuana companies

March 10, 2018 - 20:33
Link: Home delivery a big sales driver for Florida medical marijuana companiesArticle Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018Saturday, March 10, 2018Tags:

Does this sound like medicine?
Still, the Florida trend is an indication that home delivery options are likely to prove a lucrative field in the future for cannabis retailers – as long as their local jurisdictions allow for it.

We can't claim that marijuana is a treatment for opioid addiction without proper evidence

March 10, 2018 - 20:22
Link: We can't claim that marijuana is a treatment for opioid addiction without proper evidenceArticle Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018Saturday, March 10, 2018

Overall, while less dangerous than opioids by far, and possibly helpful for some conditions, including pain, no findings, to my knowledge, clearly demonstrate that marijuana use positively impacts people with opioid use disorder. Moreover, marijuana use carries risks, including cannabis use disorder, psychosis and cognitive impairment, as well as additive effects when used with other substances, including opioids.

Pathway to Heroin

March 3, 2018 - 09:57
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U.S. pedestrian deaths remained high in 2017, highway safety group estimates

March 3, 2018 - 09:49
Link: U.S. pedestrian deaths remained high in 2017, highway safety group estimatesArticle Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018Saturday, March 3, 2018Tags:

Kara Macek, spokeswoman for the GHSA, said the organization could point to several possible factors in the high level of fatalities: increased exposure to danger as more drivers hit the road and more people move to urbanized areas, an uptick in distracted driving from cellphone use, or even an increase in accidents in states that have legalized recreational marijuana use.
The GHSA report noted that in some states that have legalized recreational marijuana — Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia — pedestrian fatalities went up 16.4 percent in early 2017, while all other states saw a 5.8 percent drop.
“We lack causation data, but can see a correlation,” Macek said. “This is a red flag we need to look at as a country. We don't have a position on marijuana legalization, but we do have a position on getting people home safely.”

Big Marijuana moves to exploit the Opioid Epidemic

March 2, 2018 - 14:47
Link: Big Marijuana moves to exploit the Opioid EpidemicArticle Date: Friday, March 2, 2018Friday, March 2, 2018Tags:

Marijuana use is associated with an increased risk of prescription opioid use.  
Marijuana use seems to strengthen the relationship between pain and depression and anxiety, not ease it.

 

2017 Drugs Identified in Deceaded person by Florida Medical Examiner

February 20, 2018 - 11:17
Link: 2017 Drugs Identified in Deceaded person by Florida Medical ExaminerArticle Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The five most frequently occurring drugs found in decedents were ethyl alcohol (5,318), benzodiazepines (5,167, including 1,851 alprazolam occurrences), cocaine (2,882), cannabinoids (2,292), and morphine (2,040).

  

Sheriff Grady Judd sounds off on marijuana after roundtable with President Trump

February 14, 2018 - 19:15
Link: Sheriff Grady Judd sounds off on marijuana after roundtable with President TrumpArticle Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018Wednesday, February 14, 2018Tags:

"Every person I've ever asked that has a drug addiction problem, I would ask them intentionally 'what was your drug of choice that set you on this path?' Marijuana. Every time, marijuana," Judd said.
He went on to say that when you look at all the drugs killing people and contributing to drug related deaths, "leaving marijuana out of the recipe would be a horrible mistake."

Marijuana deals turn deadly for many Minnesotans, even as legal, social attitudes relax

February 14, 2018 - 19:13
Link: Marijuana deals turn deadly for many Minnesotans, even as legal, social attitudes relaxArticle Date: Monday, February 12, 2018Monday, February 12, 2018Tags:

“The violence is there with other drugs, but we don’t see the homicides associated with other narcotics as we do with marijuana,” said Anoka County Sheriff’s Lt. Wayne Heath, commander of the Anoka-Hennepin Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force. “No one knows why in marijuana it leads to that extra step.”

Evidence that medical marijuana outlets sell to other users

February 12, 2018 - 08:53
Link: Evidence that medical marijuana outlets sell to other usersArticle Date: Monday, February 12, 2018Monday, February 12, 2018Tags:

“Pharmacies attract people who live in the neighborhood or maybe work nearby. If you need a prescription, you’re not going to go across town to fill it – you’re going to go to the pharmacy closest to where you live. That’s what we should be seeing with medical marijuana dispensaries.”
Instead, these dispensaries are acting more like bars, which develop niche markets like sports bars or biker bars, she said.
“From a public health standpoint, it is concerning. While there has been speculation that medical dispensaries target recreational users, now we are starting to collect evidence that suggests this is true,” she said.

Denver doctors say 11-month-old boy’s deadly heart condition was likely related to marijuana

February 2, 2018 - 20:47
Link: Denver doctors say 11-month-old boy’s deadly heart condition was likely related to marijuanaArticle Date: Friday, February 2, 2018Friday, February 2, 2018Tags:

An 11-month-old Colorado boy’s death from a heart condition was likely related to ingestion of marijuana, two Denver doctors have concluded, but the precise link remains unclear.

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