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Colorado May Ban Edible Pot

Posted on April 22, 2015 in Marijuana Addiction

Colorado May Ban Edible PotThe rollout of legal recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington has largely been uneventful. In one respect, though, residents, lawmakers and health officials in Colorado still have serious concerns about edible marijuana products. Edible products, which can include enticing treats like cookies, brownies and candies, have sent kids to emergency rooms for accidental ingestion and have led to at least two deaths. As a result, the state of Colorado is reconsidering edible pot.

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What Happens When People with Schizophrenia Use Synthetic Marijuana?

Posted on February 23, 2015 in Marijuana Addiction

What Happens When People with Schizophrenia Use Synthetic Marijuana?Synthetic marijuana is the collective name for a group of chemicals, called synthetic cannabinoids, which roughly mimic the drug effects of the cannabis/marijuana active ingredient THC. These illegal or illicit substances are sometimes far stronger than THC and can produce severe, unexpected and potentially fatal side effects. In a study published in August 2014 in the journal Dual Diagnosis, a group of Slovenian researchers explored the potential impact of synthetic marijuana on the psychological health of people affected by the debilitating mental illness schizophrenia. These researchers concluded that synthetic cannabinoids have a harmful impact that varies from person to person.

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Will Legal Marijuana Produce More Addicts?

Posted on December 5, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Will Legal Marijuana Produce More Addicts?With marijuana now legal as a recreational substance in two states, experts and other interested parties wait to see what will happen. It will take time to find out if legal access will create more users, more accidents, more public health problems and more addicts. Critics of the move to legalize marijuana believe that greater access will churn up all kinds of problems, including a greater incidence of addiction. Proponents say the fears are overblown. The debate continues.

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Colorado Measures Cannabis Use and Distribution

Posted on September 23, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Colorado Measures Cannabis Use and DistributionThe new measure that made marijuana legal in Colorado for recreational use has been watched closely. Not only are advocates for marijuana legalization anxious to see whether Colorado residents will be able to use marijuana without additional regulations, but opponents want to see how the new law plays out.

As expected, there have been some challenges in how marijuana business gets done. Marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, which can make banking, paying taxes and other parts of running a dispensary difficult.

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Connection Suspected Between Marijuana Use and Cardiovascular Symptoms

Posted on September 20, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Connection Suspected Between Marijuana Use and Cardiovascular SymptomsThe growing trend toward legalization and deregulation of marijuana in the U.S. has the science community scrambling to compile research and initiate new studies to determine the impact that marijuana has on health and communities.

The insight gained from research on marijuana’s effects can inform policymakers as they determine the level of regulation necessary to keep marijuana use safe. In addition, healthcare providers need the information to better know how to treat patients who have been using marijuana either for medical or recreational purposes. 

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Is Butane Hash Oil More Dangerous Than Other Forms of Cannabis?

Posted on September 10, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Butane hash oil is the common term for a cannabis product, hash oil, made with a chemical process based on the use of butane gas. Public health officials in the U.S. have already established the potentially lethal dangers associated with making this cannabis product in an uncontrolled environment. In a study published in May 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY) used information submitted by cannabis users to investigate other potential dangers associated with butane hash oil and compare those dangers to the risks of using marijuana. The considered risks included the odds of developing the symptoms of cannabis use disorder (cannabis addiction and/or cannabis abuse).

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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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