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New Study Points To Risks from Mislabeled Unregulated Cannabidiol Products

University of Pennsylvania researchers performed Internet searches for slightly more than a month in 2016 to identify CBD products that displayed contents on their labels and were for sale online. They bought 84 products from 31 companies, blinded their labels, and had their contents tested. A full 70 percent of the labels turned out to […]

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Careful, Reasoned Debate About Legalizing Marijuana Still Hasn’t Happened

Psychologist Robert Margolis, PhD, has spent the past 40 years treating substance abuse disorders in adolescents. He founded and ran Solutions, an after-school alcohol and drug treatment program for young people in Atlanta, Georgia. When he retired recently, he merged Solutions with Caron Treatment Center, a nonprofit organization with treatment facilities in several states. Dr. […]

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Marijuana And Alcohol Negatively Impact Lifetime Achievement In Young Adults

Researchers from the University of Connecticut Health Center studied data from 1,165 young adults who took part in the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism. People in the alchol study were assessed at age 12 and then every two years over a span of the next 13 to 22 years. Those who became dependent […]

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The Opioid Crisis Should Make Libertarians Rethink The Drug Legalization Argument

Legalizing opioids may give Americans greater freedom over their decision-making, but at what cost? One painful aspect of the public debates over the opioid-addiction crisis is how much they mirror the arguments that arise from personal addiction crises. If you’ve ever had a loved one struggle with drugs — in my case, my late brother, […]

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The Opioid Crisis Should Kill the Call to Legalize Hard Drugs

The costs of using hard drugs are worse and more horrific than the costs of prohibition. There are times in life when ideas are overtaken by events, when the hard experience of reality meets and overcomes the hopefulness of ideas. Now is just such a time. As the opioid crisis takes lives on a historic […]

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The Hidden Costs of Marijuana Use in Colorado: One Emergency Department’s Experience

Abstract: Purpose: This study aims to assess potential health care costs and adverse health effects related to cannabis use in an acute care community hospital in Colorado, comparing study findings to those medical diagnoses noted in the literature. Little information is available about specific hospital health care costs, thus this study will add to the […]

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Is Marijuana Use For Pain Driving Negative Societal Effects?

Kenneth Finn, MD, The problem of increased marijuana use has origin in its purported use for pain, but the medical literature is completely void of evidence for the treatment. Pain is the most common diagnosis associated with marijuana being recommended for medical use. With more states moving towards accepting marijuana use for medical purposes, there […]

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Medical Association Of Georgia Strongly Opposes Expansion Of State’s ”Medicinal Cannabis” Law

The House of Delegates of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) passed a strongly worded resolution opposing the expansion of “medical” marijuana at its annual meeting October 20-21. Passed unanimously, the resolution sends a clear signal to legislators to reject a Georgia House of Representatives resolution introduced in the 2017 session that carries over to […]

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Drinkable Pot? America’s Constellation Brands Takes Stake In Canadian Marijuana Company

U.S. marijuana growers’ and processors’ greatest fear has just been realized. One of the largest international producers and marketers of beer, wine, and spirits, Constellation Brands, has bought a 9.9 percent stake in a Canadian marijuana grower, Canopy Growth Corporation. The two companies plan to develop a line of marijuana-infused drinks to sell in Canada, […]

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Hundreds Of Illegal Marijuana Grow Operations Sprout In Shadow Of Mount Shasta

MOUNT SHASTA, Siskiyou County (KPIX 5) — It’s happening in the shadow of Mount Shasta — hundreds of marijuana gardens pockmarking the landscape in neighborhoods that have little in the way of housing. For law enforcement officials in Siskiyou County, it’s a state of emergency. “This is a monumental effort but, then again, we’ve got […]

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Medicinal Cannabis Not Miracle Epilepsy Drug, Says Professor Treating Victorian Children

MEDICINAL cannabis is no better than conventional drugs for treating children with severe epilepsy, according to a top Victorian doctor. After months of treatment, none of the 29 Victorian children accessing $1 million worth of medicinal cannabis product, imported from Canada, has been seizure free. FIRST COMMERCIAL CANNABIS CROP TO HELP VICTORIAN CHILDREN UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE GETS […]

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How A Brain Gets Hooked On Opioids

Pain and pleasure rank among nature’s strongest motivators, but when mixed, the two can become irresistible. This is how opioids brew a potent and deadly addiction in the brain. Societies have coveted the euphoria and pain relief provided by opioids since Ancient Sumerians referred to opium poppies as the “joy plant” circa 3400 B.C.But the repercussions […]

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The Shifting Toll Of America’s Drug Epidemic

The typical overdose victim is becoming younger and more urban EVERY 25 minutes an American baby is born addicted to opioids. The scale of both use and abuse of the drugs in the United States is hard to overstate: in 2015, the most recent year for which figures are available, an estimated 38% of adults […]

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Is CBD Oil Harmful or Healing? What No One is Telling You

With no age restrictions on its use, some people – even children – are likely consuming CBD on a very frequent basis. While a growing chorus of voices recommend CBD oil for all manner of ailments with glowing reviews and assurances of its safety, consumers would be wise to think very carefully before jumping on […]

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Medical Marijuana Won’t Help Most Kids

When people like the headline writer of this HealthDay news article talk about “medical marijuana,” they usually mean everything. The plant’s dried flowers which people smoke. Concentrates that can contain up to 90 percent THC, whose extraordinarily high levels are almost certainly what is sending toddlers and children who accidentally consume them and adults who […]

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Limited Data On Medical Cannabis Use In Children

Strongest evidence supports use to reduce seizures, side effects of chemotherapy A systematic review of published studies on the use of medical cannabis in children and adolescents finds a notable lack of studies and a minimal number of the randomized, controlled trials needed to confirm the effectiveness of a treatment. In their paper published in […]

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Meth Researcher Thrilled With New Prime Minister

Waiheke Island lawyer and meth researcher Chloe Barker is thrilled to see Jacinda Ardern, who acted on her findings, become Prime Minister. For her Master’s thesis, Barker carried out heart-breaking research on the impacts on children of growing up in methamphetamine laboratories in New Zealand. She found that through contact with contaminated environments, children sometimes had levels […]

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Meth Kids

Research on children living in homes used as methamphetamine labs confirms police concerns over the risks. Ellen Brook reports. The worrying trend of young children living in meth labs and being exposed to toxic chemicals has been highlighted in a research project with support from the Police National Clan Lab Response team in Auckland. Auckland […]

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Drug Court – Giving Families A Chance To Break The Cycle Of Opioid Use

The Washington County drug court graduation ceremony for Maria Kestner. Photograph: Fred R Conrad Photographer Fred R Conrad visited a Virginia drug court last year and saw how individuals and families had been given a second chance – so when he went back this summer he had a question: did they take it? “Opioid and methamphetamine abuse […]

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The Opioid Epidemic Is Crushing America’s Middle Class. We Need Action, Not Words

From afar, America’s opioid epidemic may seem like just another sensationalised scare story in a country constantly at war with drugs. But this is not a fad, nor an overblown segment on morning television. It is real, it is decimating entire counties, and it represents the summation of the country’s failures towards its own citizens […]

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California’s Marijuana Farmers Fear Crops Could Go Up In Smoke

Trevor Hughes CALISTOGA, Calif. — Marijuana farmers and dispensary owners across Northern California are nervously watching as wildfires burn through some of the state’s prime cannabis growing areas and destroy valuable crops, which could drive up prices for consumers across the country. “This is right smack in the middle of people’s harvests,” said Eli Melrod, the CEO of […]

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Illegal Pot Grows Spread Deadly Pesticides, Other Hazards, Despite Change In Law

By Peter Fimrite The legalization of cannabis in California has done almost nothing to halt illegal marijuana growing by Mexican drug cartels, which are laying bare large swaths of national forest in California, poisoning wildlife, and siphoning precious water out of creeks and rivers, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said Tuesday. The situation is so dire […]

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Washington’s Pot Industry Isn’t As Green As You’d Think

Washington’s pot is a bit more potent than the national average. And the state’s teens are more likely to smoke marijuana than young people nationwide. Although we have the same problems with marijuana as we do with liquor abuse, no blockbuster conclusions came from a recent report on Washington’s marijuana universe. But a couple of […]

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Treatment For Cannabis Use Disorders: A Case Report

Christina Brezing, MD, Frances Levin, MD It is vital that physicians—particularly psychiatrists who are on the frontlines with patients who struggle with cannabis use—are able to identify and characterize cannabis use disorders; provide education; and offer effective, evidence-based treatments. This article provides a brief overview of each of these topics by walking through clinical decision-making […]

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UK Accounts For Largest Share Of Darknet Fentanyl Sales In Europe

Oxford academics say sales of synthetic opioid drug are proliferating on illicit websites, with Britain a significant player Drug paraphernalia seized by North Yorkshire police in a recent case. Photograph: North Yorkshire police/PA The UK is the largest host of fentanyl sales on the darknet in Europe, with 1,000 trades being made in the last […]

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Cannabinoids In Pain Management And Palliative Medicine

Häuser W1, Fitzcharles MA, Radbruch L, Petzke F. Abstract BACKGROUND: There are conflicting interpretations of the evidence regarding the efficacy, tolerability, and safety of cannabinoids in pain management and palliative medicine. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review (SR) of systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials (RCT) and prospective long-term observational studies of the use of cannabinoids in pain […]

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How Cannabis Oil Helped Me Get Off Painkillers

In a backpacking hostel during a stag weekend 10 years ago, I fell asleep on a top bunk next to an open window. Of course, that now strikes me as a stupid thing to have done, but at the time I didn’t give it a thought. I was on a weekend away, not a health-and-safety […]

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Persistency Of Cannabis Use Predicts Violence Following Acute Psychiatric Discharge

Abstract BACKGROUND: Violence is a major concern and is prevalent across several mental disorders. The use of substances has been associated with an exacerbation of psychiatric symptoms as well as with violence. Compared to other substances such as alcohol and cocaine, existing literature on the cannabis-violence relationship has been more limited, with most studies being […]

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EDITORIAL: Surprise, Legal Pot Correlates With Rising Traffic Deaths

Marijuana advocates can no longer claim legalization is devoid of catastrophic results. The Denver Post, which has embraced legalization, analyzed federal and state data and found results so alarming they published a story last week under the headline “Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana are up sharply in Colorado. Is legalization to blame?” Of course legalization […]

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No Clear Evidence Of Ancestry Differences Between Sativa- And Indica-Labelled Cannabis

Cannabis labelled ‘Sativa’ and ‘Indica’ may not come from distinct ancestries, according to a study performed by the Canadian Dalhousie University in cooperation with Bedrocan on the genetic differences between the two types and their hybrids. In this study 149 Dutch cannabis samples were analysed, correlating the genotype and chemotype to their reported ancestries. Indica- […]

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Toxic Chemicals Killing California Wildlife At Illegal Marijuana Grows

LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST (KPIX 5) — It’s a massive crime scene, deep in Lassen National Forest.  Through dense ground cover and brutal terrain, federal agents are making their way to what might well qualify as an industrial-scale farm operation. There are living quarters, kitchens, bathrooms and trash dumps, all for the purpose of growing a lot of […]

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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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