Category Archive: Marijuana

May 18

The Surprising Downsides Of Being High On Pot

Smoking marijuana can lead to more than a euphoric high, and has been linked to long-lasting delusions, mouth swelling and several other surprising effects, according to a new review of research on the recreational use of the drug. “All recreational users should be aware of potential undesired acute cannabinoid effects,” or the effects of being …

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Apr 16

Will Big Tobacco become Big Marijuana?

While federal law makes their entire industry illegal, many marijuana store owners, growers and retailers fear something completely different: Big Tobacco. Today, most legal recreational marijuana operations are small, limited to a single state and barred from ever getting large by regulators who want to keep a close eye on the fast-growing industry. But those …

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Mar 30

Suspension Boosts Marijunana Use In Teens

New research has found that suspending teens from school for using marijuana is likely to lead to more marijuana use among their classmates. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Washington and in Australia, found that counseling was a more effective means of combating marijuana use. The researchers also found that, while enforcing …

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Mar 27

Study Finds Teens Who Use Marijuana Heavily Have Poor Memories and Brain Abnormalities

A new study by Chicago’s Northwestern University found that teens who use marijuana heavily grow up to have poor memories and also have brain abnormalities, suggesting there could be long-term effects of heavy marijuana use. Researchers evaluated 97 volunteers with and without some sort of a mental illness. The people surveyed said they’d used marijuana …

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Mar 23

Not Your Parent’s Pot

Marijuana far more potent than it used to be, tests find This is not your parents’ pot. Today’s marijuana is more potent by far than the weed sold a generation ago, according to new data being presented Monday at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The research comes from Charas Scientific, one …

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Mar 09

Marijuana May Trigger Allergies in Some People

Just like ragweed and birch trees, marijuana plants may trigger allergic reactions in some people, according to a new review of previous studies. And because of the increasing use and cultivation of marijuana that has followed in the wake oflegalization in some places, allergies to marijuana may be on the rise, experts say. People can …

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Feb 10

In a First, Stoners Outnumber Drunks on American Roads

Two new studies from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that while drunken driving has decreased over the past decade, incidents of driving under the influence of marijuana or prescription drugs has increased. NHTSA’s 2014 Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers, released on Feb. 6, found that the number of drivers …

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Dec 05

Findings from a Decade of Impaired Driving in the U.S.

Findings from a Decade of Impaired Driving in the United States By Kaitlyn McAuliffe While alcohol impaired driving rates among youth have declined in the United States, drug impaired driving appears to be on the rise. Research indicates illicit or prescribed drugs are associated with an increased rate of motor vehicle crashes, making current excessively …

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Dec 02

Exposure to Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Can Be Just as Dangerous as Cigarette Smoke

Being exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke may be just as dangerous as being exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke, says a new study by researchers from the University of California-San Francisco. For the study, the researchers exposed laboratory rats to secondhand marijuana smoke using a modified cigarette smoking machine. The team then used a high-resolution ultrasound machine to …

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Oct 03

Teen Exposure to THC May Weaken Immune System Later in Life

Using marijuana as a teen can do serious long-term damage to the immune system, said a team of Italian scientists. The new research, published in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, suggests that exposure to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, during the teen years can cause autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases such as …

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