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The 7 Perils of Marijuana Maintenance

Posted on July 9, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

The 7 Perils of Marijuana MaintenanceGetting sober is a huge accomplishment for anyone who has regularly used alcohol or other drugs. Living life without chemicals to calm you down or cheer you up can sometimes be overwhelming or stressful, and some people continue to use marijuana as a substitute for alcohol or other mind-altering chemicals. Those who are sober except for the use of marijuana are said to be on the “marijuana maintenance program.”

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Casual Marijuana Use Causes Brain Alterations, Researchers Say

Posted on July 8, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Casual Marijuana Use Causes Brain Alterations, Researchers SayWidespread legalization of marijuana appears to be a given. But up until recently, precious little research had been done into the true effects of recreational marijuana use. Unfortunately, this has left a vacuum of information that has largely been filled by propaganda rather than science.

Establishment medicine and the government have been harping about the dangers of pot for decades, to the point where, in the minds of some, their credibility has been damaged. But pro-marijuana forces often seem afraid to concede that there might be any risk associated with mild-to-moderate pot consumption. Consequently, public debate over the issue of marijuana legalization has been less honest and fact-based than it should have been, and most people are not certain just how hazardous the use of this drug really is.

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Do Cannabis Users Also Use Synthetic Marijuana?

Posted on July 2, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Do Cannabis Users Also Use Synthetic Marijuana?Synthetic marijuana is the widely used term for a substance that contains both plant material and any one of a number of artificial compounds designed to mimic the effects of marijuana/cannabis. Federal law bans the sale and possession of the best-known compounds used in the production of this artificial drug. In a study published in May 2014 in the journal Substance Abuse, a team of U.S. researchers investigated how common use of synthetic marijuana is among people who already use cannabis/marijuana. In addition, these researchers investigated the reasons cannabis/marijuana smokers also use a synthetic form of the drug. 

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Marijuana Decriminalization Leads to Reduced Perception of Harm

Posted on June 26, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana Decriminalization Leads to Reduced Perception of HarmMarijuana is a form of cannabis known for its ability to trigger diagnosable problems with drug abuse and drug addiction in substantial numbers of casual and everyday users. Despite marijuana’s potential for abuse and addiction, more than a third of all U.S. states have decriminalized medical use of the drug as of 2014; in addition, two states (Colorado and Washington) have taken a further step by legalizing the drug for non-medical use in adults. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from three U.S. institutions sought to determine if the perceived risk of harm from marijuana use goes down when the drug is decriminalized. 

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Do Abstaining Cannabis Users Increase Their Alcohol and Cigarette Intake?

Posted on May 8, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Do Abstaining Cannabis Users Increase Their Alcohol and Cigarette Intake?Cannabis (the common term for both marijuana and hashish products) is one of the most commonly used recreational substances in America. Up to one-half of all people who use this drug every day will eventually merit a diagnosis for cannabis addiction or medically serious cannabis abuse. In a study published in May 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from five Australian institutions investigated the changes in other forms of substance intake that occur when cannabis users halt their intake of the drug. Specifically, the researchers looked at changes in the rate of alcohol consumption and cigarette use.

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Treatment for Marijuana Addiction

Posted on April 29, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Treatment for Marijuana AddictionMarijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the U.S. Although laws in several states have changed over the years to allow for medical use, or even recreational use of this drug, it is still illegal according to federal law. Along with changing laws comes changing attitudes. Unfortunately, not everyone realizes the serious consequences of using marijuana. Although marijuana is not addictive in the same way that other drugs are, many people do become dependent. With more and more young people using this drug, and its potency rising, treatment for marijuana addiction becomes increasingly important.

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Are Teenagers Changing Their Attitudes on Synthetic Marijuana Use?

Posted on April 9, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Are Teenagers Changing Their Attitudes on Synthetic Marijuana Use?Synthetic marijuana is the name typically used to identify a range of laboratory-produced chemicals designed to mimic the effects of naturally produced, plant-based marijuana. Teenagers in the U.S. use synthetic marijuana more often than any other drug except for natural marijuana and plant-based hashish. However, according to findings reported in December 2013 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan, teen use of synthetic marijuana dropped significantly between 2012 and 2013. This decrease signals a partial change in adolescent attitudes toward man-made marijuana substitutes.

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Cannabis Use Disorder Definition Holds Up to Scrutiny

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Cannabis Use Disorder Definition Holds Up to ScrutinyCannabis use disorder is a diagnosis used since May 2013 to identify serious problems associated with either an addiction to cannabis products or non-addicted abuse of cannabis products. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from 10 U.S. and British institutions compared the real-world accuracy of a cannabis use disorder diagnosis to the accuracy of previously used definitions for identifying cannabis-related harms. These researchers concluded that, except in a limited set of circumstances, the current diagnosis gives doctors a comprehensive tool for accurately singling out affected individuals.

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Ever-Changing Synthetic Marijuana Complicates ER Visits

Posted on March 26, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Ever-Changing Synthetic Marijuana Complicates ER VisitsSynthetic marijuana is the common name for a group of lab-created chemicals designed to roughly approximate the drug effects of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana and other cannabis products. Doctors and public health officials know that use of one of these chemicals can potentially lead to a range of seriously negative or even life-threatening side effects. In a report published in January 2014 in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the University of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Poison Control Center detailed some of the problems that doctors and public health officials can face when attempting to identify the specific type of synthetic marijuana causing problems in any given individual.

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Brain Chemical May Play Role in Treatment of Cannabis Addiction

Posted on March 18, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Brain Chemical May Play Role in Treatment of Cannabis AddictionSignificant numbers of both casual and regular users of marijuana and other forms of cannabis will eventually develop an addiction to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the primary active ingredient in this plant-based drug. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Science, a multinational research team investigated the ability of a naturally occurring hormone called pregnenolone to block some of THC’s most prominent, addiction-supporting effects. The members of this team concluded that, while pregnenolone itself is not suitable as a treatment for cannabis addiction, understanding of the impact this hormone has on THC opens up new avenues for addiction treatment in the future.

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