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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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Marijuana Users Have More Sleep Problems

Posted on September 8, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana Users Have More Sleep ProblemsPeople who use marijuana can develop a range of physical and mental health issues, including addiction, non-addicted drug abuse, altered respiratory function, altered memory function and impaired or altered brain development. In a study published in June 2014 in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine journal Sleep, University of Pennsylvania researchers explored the potential connection between marijuana use and the onset of several types of sleep problems. These researchers concluded that adults with a current or past history of using the drug have increased risks for developing such problems, especially when their initial use of marijuana occurred at an early age.

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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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