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Cannabis and its effects on driving skills

Highlights * •Cannabis impairs cognitive and psychomotor performances. * * •An 8-h delay after maximal effects is recommended for cannabis self-treatment. * * •Blood THCCOOH level >40 μg/l suggests regular cannabis use and long-term * impairment. * * •No correlation was found between psychomotor task performance and THC blood levels. * * •Acute cannabis consumption […]

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A study of cannabis potency in France over

Highlights * •The THC content in French cannabis resin has risen continuously for the last 25 years. * •The emergence of a new high potency cannabis resin in France is shown by the monitoring of THC content and THC/CBD ratio. * •The THC content in French herbal cannabis has known three stages of growth for […]

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Born addicts, opioid babies in withdrawal from first breath

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – They’re the tiniest and most innocent victims of the heroin addiction crisis but it doesn’t spare them their suffering. They cry relentlessly at a disturbing pitch and can’t sleep. Their muscles get so tense their bodies feel hard. They suck hungrily but lack coordination to successfully feed. Or they lack an […]

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Cannabis and Strokes: Linked or Not?

Once again, the echo chamber nature of press releases serves to promote misleading science and health clickbait.  This time it is with headlines like “Tobacco, but not pot, boosts early stroke risk.” First, it is an imprecise conclusion based on the newly published study.  Second, the research it refers to downplays the significant flaws and […]

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GP’s award-winning alcohol service scrapped ‘despite saving NHS £500,000 a year’

A GP behind a ground-breaking, multi-award winning alcohol treatment service has said he almost feels like quitting after the scheme was decommissioned in an NHS cost-cutting drive, warning the decision suggests there is ‘no point innovating’. NHS commissioners in Cambridgeshire have said they will no longer fund the innovative Gainsborough Foundation alcohol treatment service despite […]

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Marijuana Is Not Safe to Smoke, Researchers Say

Researchers who tested marijuana sold in Northern California found multiple bacterial and fungal pathogens that can cause serious infections. The study was published this month in the journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection. The mould and bacteria was so widespread and potentially dangerous that the UC Davis academics concluded that they cannot recommend smoking raw or […]

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36% increase in high-school age drug use in Portugal

Australia21 and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) have been telling politicians and the media of the ‘success’ of Portugal’s decriminalisation of all drugs.[i],[ii]  Their claim is that decriminalisation will not increase drug use. But here is what is really happening in Portugal. Implemented in 2001, drug use in Portugal is reported, as […]

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Heavy alcohol use in adolescence alters brain electrical activity

Summary: Long-term heavy use of alcohol in adolescence alters cortical excitability and functional connectivity in the brain, according to a new study. These alterations were observed in physically and mentally healthy but heavy-drinking adolescents, who nevertheless did not fulfil the diagnostic criteria for a substance abuse disorder. Long-term heavy use of alcohol in adolescence alters […]

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Pregnant Women Turn to Marijuana, Perhaps Harming Infants

During her pregnancy, Stacey never drank alcohol or had a cigarette. But nearly every day, then 24, she smoked marijuana. With her fiancé’s blessing, she began taking a few puffs in her first trimester to quell morning sickness before going to work at a sandwich shop. When sciatica made it unbearable to stand during her […]

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Letter re ‘medipot’ in the USA

I totally agree that we all need to let Attorney General Jeff Sessions know that the majority of Americans suffer because of marijuana …. whether they choose to use it or not.  It is a factor in crime, physical and mental health, academic failure, lost productivity, et al.  American cannot be great again if we […]

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Acceleration of Cardiovascular-Biological Age by Amphetamine Exposureis a Power Function of Chronological Age

Abstract Background Amphetamine abuse is becoming more widespread internationally. The possibility that its many cardiovascular complications are associated with a prematurely aged cardiovascular system, and indeed biological organism systemically, has not been addressed. Methods Radial arterial pulse tonometry was performed using the SphygmoCor system (Sydney). 55 amphetamine exposed patients were compared with 107 tobacco smokers, […]

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Fungus In Medical Marijuana Eyed As Possible Cause In California Man’s Death

SACRAMENTO (KPIX 5) – Did the medicine contribute to the patient’s death? That was the question facing doctors when a California man died from a relatively rare fungal infection. “It started with a couple patients that were undergoing very intensive chemotherapy and a stem cell therapy, and those patients were very immune compromised,” explained Dr. […]

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Is your medical marijuana safe? UC Davis doctors say dangerous bacteria, fungi can lurk in pot

UC Davis researcher Dr. George Thompson advises cancer patients and others with weakened immune systems to avoid vaping or smoking marijuana. In uneasy news for medical marijuana users, UC Davis researchers have identified potentially lethal bacteria and mold on samples from 20 Northern California pot growers and dispensaries, leading the doctors to warn patients with […]

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Burgeoning Marijuana Market Prompts Concerns about Crop’s Environmental Impact

Outdoor cannabis cultivation in northern California has damaged forestlands and their inhabitants. Will legalization of recreational marijuana make things worse or better? A visit to a marijuana farm in Willow Creek, the heart of northern California’s so-called Emerald Triangle feels like strolling through an orchard. At 16 feet high and eight feet around, its 99 […]

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GW Pharma Reports Success with THC and CBD Combo in Brain Cancer Phase 2 Clinical Trial

GW intends to advance oncology research and development efforts GW Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq:GWPH) (“GW,” “the Company” or “the Group”), a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary cannabinoid product platform, today announced positive top-line results from an exploratory Phase 2 placebo-controlled clinical study of a proprietary combination of tetrahydrocannabinol […]

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Lawmakers put medical pot on pause

The following extract is from an email a colleague in the USA sent to the NDPA in February 2017. Friends, according to the article below, the Utah legislature has decided to forgo any medi-pot legislation this year because of uncertainty regarding the new administration. Although they may consider bills that encourage research, they have decided […]

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Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening

In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Emma Young finds out how they did it, and why other countries won’t follow suit State funding for organised sport and other clubs has increased in Iceland to give kids new ways to feel like part of a […]

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Colorado Health Agency Issues Second Report on Health Effects of Marijuana in State

Since the state legalized marijuana for recreational use, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a report on marijuana and health every two years. Colorado legalized recreational pot in 2012 to go into effect in 2014. This is the second health report. The report contains a huge amount of data. An executive […]

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Under the Influence: Jamaicans Driving High

Jamaica’s recent decriminalization of possession of up to two ounces of ganja is contributing to a dangerous practice that officials warn needs urgent attention. Disturbing findings in the 2016 National Drug Prevalence Survey show that one in six males and 17 females drive under the influence, with most admitting to using ganja since it has […]

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Under the Influence: Jamaicans Driving High

Jamaica’s recent decriminalization of possession of up to two ounces of ganja is contributing to a dangerous practice that officials warn needs urgent attention. Disturbing findings in the 2016 National Drug Prevalence Survey show that one in six males and 17 females drive under the influence, with most admitting to using ganja since it has […]

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German MPs vote to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes

Germany’s lower house of parliament has passed a law legalising the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. People with serious illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis and chronic pain, or a lack of appetite or nausea, could be offered marijuana under the law.  Patients will only have the right to be treated with cannabis “in very […]

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Illicit drug deaths reaches record high 914 in B.C. in 2016

More than 900 people died in British Columbia last year from illicit drug overdoses, but the provincial health minister says the toll could have been far higher and he warned the federal government Wednesday the epidemic is spreading across Canada. The arrival of the powerful opioid fentanyl pushed the provincial death toll to a new […]

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How LSD affects the brain and creates its trippy effect

Once you drop, you can’t stop – sometimes for up to 15 hours. Images revealing how LSD interacts with receptors in the brain could explain why a trip lasts so long, while another study involving a similar receptor unpicks how the drug makes these experiences feel meaningful. LSD acts on with a number of different […]

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Medical marijuana user ‘shocked’ by recall over hydrogen cyanide risk

A medical marijuana patient in Lower Sackville, N.S., said he’s worried after the marijuana he consumed for nearly a year was recalled by Health Canada because it was grown with two pesticides that, if heated, can emit hydrogen cyanide. John Percy, 67, smokes, vapes and bakes his cannabis to control pain in his hip caused […]

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Cannabis use disorder and suicide attempts in Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans.

Abstract The objective of the present research was to examine the association between lifetime cannabis use disorder (CUD), current suicidal ideation, and lifetime history of suicide attempts in a large and diverse sample of Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans (N = 3233) using a battery of well-validated instruments. As expected, CUD was associated with both current suicidal ideation […]

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Cannabis use and risk of schizophrenia: a Mendelian randomization study.

Abstract Cannabis use is observationally associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia, but whether the relationship is causal is not known. Using a genetic approach, we took 10 independent genetic variants previously identified to associate with cannabis use in 32,330 individuals to determine the nature of the association between cannabis use and risk of schizophrenia. […]

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LETTER: Obama legacy includes drug addiction epidemic

The letter below speaks of the heroin epidemic in the USA.  The figure of heroin and opioid addiction that has destroyed countless families and killed more than 50,000 Americans in 2015 alone is salutary. A chronicle of President Barack Obama’s tenure must include the heroin epidemic that he leaves us with. Our nation is plagued […]

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Middle school student hospitalized after eating marijuana gummy bears.

FRAMINHAM, Mass. – A Framingham middle school student was hospitalized Monday after he and another student ate a marijuana edible on the school bus, according to a letter released by Fuller Middle School.   School officials are trying to find out who brought the edibles on the bus and how to make sure it doesn’t happen […]

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Surgeon general commends efficiency of D.A.R.E. program

The United States surgeon general’s landmark report on alcohol, drugs and health entitled “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health,” concludes that alcohol and drug misuse, disorders and addiction are among America’s most pressing public health concerns. As noted in the report, nearly 21 million Americans – more than […]

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Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

This Report reviews what we know about substance use and health and how we can use that knowledge to address substance misuse and related health consequences. First, a general Introduction and Overview of the Report (PDF | 1.5 MB) describes the extent of the substance use problem in the United States. Then it lays a […]

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Ignition Interlocks Prevent Deadly Drunk-Driving Accidents

January 12th, 2017 A new study finds ignition interlocks, devices that prevent a person from starting a car if their blood alcohol level is too high, prevents deadly accidents. Ignition interlocks are associated with a 7 percent decrease in the rate of fatal crashes involving at least one drunk driver, researchers report in the American […]

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Children’s Books Are the New Frontier in Weed Normalization

As well as targeting children with ‘marijuana edibles’ children’s books are now being used as ‘a tool in (his) campaign for legalisation’.  Cannabis is addictive and the younger a person is when they begin to use the more likely they are to have problems later. The author of ‘Hairy Pothead’ and ‘Green Buds and Hash’ […]

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Despite study, marijuana still linked with problems among teenagers

Earlier this week, the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), released a study that claims a 24 percent decline in marijuana-related problems among teenagers, such as becoming dependent on the drug or having trouble in school and in relationships. The researchers also claim there is an association between drops in […]

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"When representing a cause (almost) lost, sound your trumpet, mount your steed and go for the very last charge, failing which you will die of sad old age in the depths of the forgotten fortress, no longer besieged because life has abandoned it for greener pastures."

Jean Raspail
From the website of jeanraspail.net

"Universal prevention initiatives are important elements of a comprehensive prevention strategy that should include selective and indicated prevention initiatives as well. In order to prevent the development of dependence you need all three - and you cannot do without universal prevention. Norms, attitudes, availability are important risk factors for developing drug use problems as well as neighbourhood disorganization and weak family bonds."

Christina Gynna, Deputy National Drugs Policy Co-ordinator, Sweden,
at the ICAA conference in Budapest, 24 October 2005

 
 

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