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States legalizing marijuana warned over kids mistaking drug for candy

Governor says other states should learn from Colorado’s example, noting that state initially failed to regulate edibles strongly enough States preparing to legalize cannabis for recreational use in 2017 have been warned to impose strong regulations on edible products, in order to help prevent children mistaking the drug for candy. John Hickenlooper, governor of Colorado, […]


Regular Cannabis Use Could Damage Eyesight, Study Suggests

Regularly smoking cannabis may damage users’ eyesight by triggering an abnormality in the retina, a new study has found.   Researchers in France tested 28 cannabis smokers and 24 people who did not use the drug to see how well their retinal cells responded to electrical signals. A small but significant delay was found in the […]


Illegal alcohol and cigarettes seized by police turned into electricity

Illegal cigarettes and alcohol seized by police have been turned into electricity at a special recycling plant Almost 150,000 cigarettes and tonnes of illegal alcohol seized during raids in Lincolnshire have been turned into electricity. The substances were taken to a specialist recycling centre where the cigarettes were broken down and the energy fed into […]


Weed or wheel! FMRI, behavioural, and toxicological investigations of how cannabis smoking affects skills necessary for driving.

Randomised controlled trial  Battistella G, et al. PLoS One. 2013. Abstract Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug, however its effects on cognitive functions underlying safe driving remain mostly unexplored. Our goal was to evaluate the impact of cannabis on the driving ability of occasional smokers, by investigating changes in the brain network involved […]


Tories want action as cannabis-related hospital admissions reach 10-year high

THE level of people being hospitalised after taking cannabis and related ‘legal highs’ has reached a 10-year peak, according to official figures from the Scottish Government.  More than 900 acute stays in general hospitals – as opposed to psychiatric admissions – involved the drug last year. The Scottish Tories said the data showed cannabis was […]


Non-authoritative parents and impact on drug use: the perception of adolescent children.

ABSTRACT Objective: To evaluate the association between drug use and parenting styles perceived by Brazilian adolescent children. Methods: This cross-sectional study enrolled adolescents aged 14 to 19 years that used the Serviço Nacional de Orientações e Informações sobre a Prevenção do Uso Indevido de Drogas (VIVAVOZ). A total of 232 adolescents participated in the study. […]


Teen cannabis use more likely to result in addiction

ASK THE DOCTOR  column –  – by Dr. Robert Ashley – Erie Times-News, December 30, 2016 Q:  Marijuana seems to be increasingly accepted in our country.  But I worry about my kids using it.  Is it addictive? A:  Marijuana has gained greater acceptance in this country, not in small part because its medical use can […]


Ayurvedic chemist selling ‘afeem’ meds raided in Pb

Chandigarh: In a first of its kind strike in Punjab, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday raided a wholesaler of ayurvedic drugs in Amritsar and recovered over 1,600 tablets of a drug called ‘Kamini’ containing afeem (laudanum), the purest form of opium. In the run-up to the elections, the Election Commission is keeping a […]


Opinion: Need to weed out facts about marijuana’s dangers

Since marijuana is currently illegal in all but physician-approved circumstances, there have been no properly constructed clinical trials of smoking this drug in Canada, writes Lawrie McFarlane of the Victoria Times . The greatest public-health disaster our species ever brought upon itself began in Europe 400 years ago — the introduction and use of tobacco. […]


New study shows marijuana users have low blood flow to the brain

November 28, 2016 This shows a sample case of a visual 3-D rendering of a baseline SPECT scan of a long standing marijuana user compared to a control subject. The marijuana user has multiple perfusion defects with lower perfusion shown as scalloping and gaps …more As the U.S. races to legalize marijuana for medicinal and […]


A cannabinoid link between mitochondria and memory

A most detailed and valuable research study printed as a letter in the journal Nature, Vol. 539 – available online. This study demonstrates that at least one G-protein-coupled receptor present on mitochondrial membranes modulates high brain functions such as memory formation through the modulation of intra-mitochondrial G-protein signalling. Considering that G proteins play a central […]


The Risks of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

Currently, 29 states and Washington, DC, have passed laws to legalize medical marijuana. Although evidence for the effectiveness of marijuana or its extracts for most medical indications is limited and in many cases completely lacking, there are a handful of exceptions. For example, there is increasing evidence for the efficacy of marijuana in treating some […]


Two-thirds of mental health drug patients used cannabis

Two thirds of drug-misuse patients in the health service in Northern Ireland last year had taken cannabis, new figures show. From a total of a total of 2,229 people presenting to health services here with problem drug misuse, almost 66% were cannabis users. The figures are contained in the Department of Health’s Northern Ireland drug […]


U.S. Student Drug Survey: Marijuana Use Remains Strong Despite Drops in Other Drug Use

States with Lax Marijuana Laws Also Show Higher Marijuana “Edible” Use than Other States [WASHINGTON, DC] – The nation’s annual school survey of drug use, Monitoring the Future (MTF), shows marijuana use among adolescents, including heavy marijuana use, remaining stubbornly high and higher than ten years ago — despite reductions across the board among other […]


“Zombie” Outbreak Caused by the Synthetic

Cannabinoid AMB-FUBINACA in New York ABSTRACT BACKGROUND New psychoactive substances constitute a growing and dynamic class of abused drugs in the United States. On July 12, 2016, a synthetic cannabinoid caused mass intoxication of 33 persons in one New York City neighborhood, in an event described in the popular press as a “zombie” outbreak because […]


Obama’s Drug Policy Legacy: Overdose Deaths and Youth Pot Use

Examining the data closely and correctly. By:  By DAVID W. MURRAY, BRIAN BLAKE, JOHN P. WALTERS The closing reports on the Obama administration’s drug policy were delivered this week. Drug-induced deaths for the year 2015 were reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on December 8, and the youth school survey of drug use […]


Teen substance use shows promising decline

NIH Monitoring the Future survey shows use of most illicit substances down, but past year marijuana use relatively stable December 13, 2016 The 2016 Monitoring the Future (MTF) annual survey results released today from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reflect changing teen behaviors and choices in a social media-infused world. The results show a […]


A systematic review of adverse events arising from the use of synthetic cannabinoids and their associated treatment

Robert J. Tait, et al Abstract Context: Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) such as “Spice”, “K2”, etc. are widely available via the internet despite increasing legal restrictions. Currently, the prevalence of use is typically low in the general community (<1%) although it is higher among students and some niche groups subject to drug testing. Early evidence suggests […]


What Child Is This?

By Robert Charles The Christmas carol is poignant – reminder of Christmas, and beyond.  “What child is this, who, laid to rest …” the carol begins.  “Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping?” it continues.  The stanza ends, “Haste, haste ….”  Lovely, lilting, full of promise – like the birth of […]


F.D.A. Agrees to New Trials for Ecstasy as Relief for PTSD Patients

After three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, C. J. Hardin wound up hiding from the world in a backwoods cabin in North Carolina. Divorced, alcoholic and at times suicidal, he had tried almost all the accepted treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder: psychotherapy, group therapy and nearly a dozen different medications. “Nothing worked for me, so […]


Study finds abnormally low blood flow in the brain of marijuana users

Hippocampus, the brain’s key memory and learning center, has the lowest blood flow in marijuana users suggesting higher vulnerability to Alzheimer’s. As the U.S. races to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, a new, large scale brain imaging study gives reason for caution. Published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers using single photon […]


Parent and peer pathways linking childhood experiences of abuse with marijuana use in adolescence and adulthood.

Abstract INTRODUCTION: The social developmental processes by which child maltreatment increases risk for marijuana use are understudied. This study examined hypothesized parent and peer pathways linking preschool abuse and sexual abuse with adolescent and adult marijuana use. METHODS: Analyses used data from the Lehigh Longitudinal Study. Measures included child abuse (physical abuse, emotional abuse, domestic […]


Psychiatrist links ‘shatter’ drug use to psychosis increase

  A man holds a sheet of THC concentrate known as “shatter,” in Denver, Colorado. (Brennan Linsley/Associated Press) An emergency psychiatrist in Victoria warns that a dramatic increase in severe mental illness cases may be connected to use of a powerful, relatively new drug called “shatter.” Dr, Kiri Simms told On the Island host Gregor […]


The Marijuana Conundrum in North America

A recognized deficiency: Inadequate protective protocols An evaluation of risk applied to marijuana products for medical purposes concludes that advanced mitigation strategies and new protective delivery protocols are necessary to adequately protect the public from harm. The Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) program is already an approved protocol in the United States (US) by […]


Experts link homeless surge to pot

Homeless people in the streets are a staple of the landscape in downtown areas of Colorado Springs, Denver and most other Colorado communities. Visitors from other states are struck by the dilemma, even when visiting from large cities on the coasts. Experts on homelessness point to marijuana. The Department of Housing and Urban Development on […]


Marijuana and the Opiate/Heroin Epidemic: Brain Science Reveals a Connection

Current brain science is suggesting strong plausibility that the opiate and heroin epidemic will continue to worsen with commercializing and industrializing production and sales of marijuana at levels the likes of tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs. With more 21st century marijuana in our communities, opiate and heroin use rises. The brain science is beginning to […]


Best Parenting Strategies for Kids with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

A new study by researchers at the University of Rochester sheds light on how parents and caregivers of children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) can best help their kids achieve to the best of their abilities, and at the same time, maintain peace at home and at school. Children with FASD often have problems […]


How taking drugs before you get behind the wheel will make you a terrible driver

Getting behind the wheel while high or mashed off your face is obviously a terrible idea. But even though new laws were introduced last year to clamp down on drug driving, tonnes of people still take the risk. Illegal or medical drugs contributed to 62 fatal road crashes last year and another 259 causing serious […]


Study shows memory loss due to cannabis related to harm to mitochondria

(Medical Xpress)—An international team of researchers has found what they believe is the source of memory loss in people who smoke marijuana—disruption to mitochondria. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their study of receptor activation due to exposure to active ingredients in cannabis and its impact on mitochondria. A mitochondrion […]

"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
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"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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