Monthly Archive: March 2015

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 26

California Health Officials Launch Campaign Against ‘Vaping’

Inside the Vapor Spot on J Street, these are the words used to describe the liquid that goes in the electronic cigarettes that have fueled the “vaping” trend: Watermelon, vanilla cream, super fly lemon pie. California’s top public health officials are working to introduce a new vocabulary to describe the ingredients: benzene, formaldehyde, nicotine. “We …

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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 13

Powdered alcohol approved by federal agency

A powdered alcohol intended to be mixed up into drinks has gained approval from a federal regulator. The product, called Palcohol, had received the greenlight from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau briefly last year before the bureau backtracked and said the label approvals had been given in error. On Wednesday, bureau spokesman …

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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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Mar 06

Legal highs – a look at the growing use of synthetic drugs

In recent years, hundreds of new synthetic recreational drugs have emerged – drugs that neither the general public nor the scientific community know very much about. Many of these new synthetic drugs – often referred to as “legal highs” – are dangerous and continue to lead to poisonings throughout the US and the rest of …

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Mar 05

Heroin Overdose Deaths in U.S. Have Tripled Since 2010

America’s heroin problem keeps getting worse More than 8,200 Americans—an average of 23 people each day—died of heroin overdoses in 2013. That’s according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and it’s the latest evidence that the nation’s heroin problem is becoming more severe. The rate of overdose deaths in 2013, …

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