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A Cannabinoid Analogue Of Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol Disrupts Neural Development In Chick Embryos

Abstract Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug by pregnant women. Its major psychoactive constituent, Delta(9)-THC (Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol), crosses the placenta and accumulates in the foetus, potentially harming its development. In humans, marijuana use in early pregnancy is associated with miscarriage, a fetal alcohol-like syndrome, as well as learning disabilities, memory impairment, and ADHD in […]


Pennsylvania State Police Urge Gun Owners To Give Up Firearms To Get Medical Marijuana

If you’re a gun-owning Pennsylvania resident, the Pennsylvania State Police are urging you to turn in your firearms if you are seeking medical marijuana cards. Sorry, what? A statement from the Pennsylvania State Police’s website is receiving a lot of local attention over what appears to be an erroneous statement concerning state and federal law. The statement reads: “It is unlawful for […]


Cannabis Use And Incidence Of Testicular Cancer: A 42-Year Follow-up Of Swedish Men Between 1970 And 2011

Abstract Background: Given current drug policy reforms to decriminalize or legalize cannabis in numerous countries worldwide, the current study assesses the relation between cannabis use and the development of testicular cancer. Methods: The study included a population-based sample (n = 49,343) of young men ages 18–21 years who underwent conscription assessment for Swedish military service in 1969–1970. The […]


Research Finds Link Between Marijuana Use And Testicular Cancer

New research from Northern Medical Program Professor Dr. Russ Callaghan has found that use of marijuana is associated with the development of testicular cancer. As part of a retrospective study, Dr. Callaghan and his team looked at data from young men conscripted for military service in Sweden in 1969 and 1970, and tracked their health conditions […]


Let’s Take A Second To Talk About Colorado

Dear Friend,  Let’s take a second to talk about Colorado.  As you know, Colorado was the first state to commercialize the marijuana industry – and today it stands as the top state in the country for first-time youth marijuana use. The state also suffers from record stoned driving crashes, increased workplace drug positives, and unprecedented […]


Cannabinoid Genotoxicity Extends To Cannabidiol And Other Cannabinoids Too – Cannabis Is Not A Soft Drug – Especially In Its Marketing Campaign!

Why don’t we start with a short quiz of general knowledge of current events and topical issues in the community??  Questions:  Brain: Which American state has 500 students with autism in every graduating year group across the whole state? Which American state has current legislation afoot to declare autism at epidemic proportions in their state? […]


Synthetic Cannabis

What is synthetic cannabis? Synthetic cannabis is a new psychoactive substance that was originally designed to mimic or produce similar effects to cannabis and has been sold online since 2004. However, some of the newer substances claiming to be synthetic cannabis do not actually mimic the effects of THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in cannabis). Reports suggest it also […]


MARIJUANA Causes Mental Illness And Addiction … In Turn More Homelessness, Poverty And Crime

People who are mentally ill or addicted can’t work effectively, if at all, so they have to turn to crime and/or public support for survival.  Marijuana escalates the risk of mental illness 5 times.[i] On average, 17% of adolescents and 9% of adults  will become addicted.[ii]Based on federal research  7,000 people use marijuana for the first time each […]


California’s Ill-Conceived Marijuana Program Has Inflicted Irreparable Environmental, Human And Economic Harm On Our Once Fine State

Estimated reclamation costs in Calaveras County California alone could reach $2 billion for 1,200 grow sites. 50,000 grow sites in the state could amount to over $50 billion, according to the Calaveras County study ( Aside from killing wildlife, fish and depleting streams and water tables, the poisons seeping into the ground are contaminating watersheds that serve […]


Deputy Secretary’s View: Opioids Battle Can Be Won, Beginning In Minnesota And In Duluth

Smaller cities and towns carry a unique burden when it comes to drug addiction. I grew up in Mounds, Ill. It’s a small farming community of about 800 people in the southernmost part of the state. It may seem an unlikely place for a drug epidemic, but opioid addiction and substance abuse have plagued families […]


Marijuana Farmers Are Destroying Natural Ecosystems As Quest For Profits Outweighs “Green” Agricultural Practices

People who turn to medical marijuana are often drawn to the fact that it’s natural. This is indeed a great quality from a health standpoint, but environment-minded marijuana buyers, take note: New research shows that marijuana farming in remote locations is having a negative effect on the environment. After studying the ecological consequences that marijuana […]


Death By Self-Mutilation After Oral Cannabis Consumption.

Abstract Major self-mutilation (amputation, castration, self-inflicted eye injuries) is frequently associated with psychiatric disorders and/or substance abuse. A 35-year-old man presented with behavioral disturbances of sudden onset after oral cannabis consumption and major self-mutilation (attempted amputation of the right arm, self-enucleation of both eyes and impalement) which resulted in death. During the enquiry, four fragments […]


Systematic Review Of Safeness And Therapeutic Efficacy Of Cannabis In Patients With Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathic Pain, And In Oncological Patients Treated With Chemotherapy

Abstract BACKGROUND: Medical cannabis refers to the use of cannabis or cannabinoids as medical therapy to treat disease or alleviate symptoms. In the United States, 23 states and Washington DC (May 2015) have introduced laws to permit the medical use of cannabis. Within the European Union, medicinal cannabis laws and praxis vary wildly between Countries. […]


The Secretive Family Making Billions From The Opioid Crisis

You’re aware America is under siege, fighting an opioid crisis that has exploded into a public-health emergency. You’ve heard of OxyContin, the pain medication to which countless patients have become addicted. But do you know that the company that makes Oxy and reaps the billions of dollars in profits it generates is owned by one […]


Neil McKeganey: Good Sense Kills The Not-so-safe Injecting Centre

Last week Scotland’s leading law officer, the Lord Advocate, brought a shuddering halt to a proposal from Glasgow City Council to develop a safe injecting centre in the city. Such a centre would have required a change in UK drug laws to enable individuals in possession of illegal drugs to use those drugs within the […]


Consumption Of Nicotine In Adolescence May Lead To Increased Alcohol Intake Later In Life

Researchers have long known that there is a link between nicotine and alcohol consumption. But the nature of the connection—how long it lasts, which begets which—remains a mystery. A new Tel Aviv University study finds that nicotine exposure during adolescence can predict increased alcohol intake in adulthood. This suggests that memories of smoking tobacco as a teenager alter the […]


The Impact Of Cannabis Use On Patients Enrolled In Opioid Agonist Therapy In Ontario, Canada.

Abstract BACKGROUND: With the Canadian government legalizing cannabis in the year 2018, the potential harms to certain populations-including those with opioid use disorder-must be investigated. Cannabis is one of the most commonly used substances by patients who are engaged in medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, the effects of which are largely unknown. In this […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

"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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