Archive for November, 2016

Source: Compound suggests chronic pain treatment without opioid or medical marijuana side effects — ScienceDaily

Using marijuana could help some alcoholics and people addicted to opioids kick their habits, a new study suggests. The research also found some evidence that medical cannabis may help with symptoms of depression, PTSD and social anxiety. However, the review concluded that cannabis use might not be recommended for conditions such as bipolar disorder and psychosis.

Source: Marijuana could help treat drug addiction, mental health, study suggests — ScienceDaily

Source: Highest-resolution model to date of brain receptor behind marijuana’s high — ScienceDaily

Active marijuana use may double the risk of stress cardiomyopathy, an uncommon heart muscle malfunction that can mimic heart attack symptoms, according to new research.

Source: Marijuana use may be linked to temporarily weakened heart muscle — ScienceDaily

Good article– they admit that causality has not yet been determined.


The risk of developing psychosis is more than tripled for those who abuse cannabis, according to results from a new twin study.

Source: Cannabis abuse possible cause of psychosis — ScienceDaily

Notice that psychosis is ASSOCIATED WITH cannabis, and the obvious assumption is that the cannabis is causal.  Well, have they considered that the PSYCHOSIS may be causal?  That people struggling with psychosis might be 3.5 times more likely to self-medicate with cannabis?

I have personal knowledge of ONE example, out of perhaps 100, where in my estimation, the cannabis exacerbated the psychosis of an individual, but was not causal.  The neurotic individual exhibited borderline psychosis that seemed to intensity with cannabis use, but also grew over the years.  Was it a natural progression or did cannabis cause it?  It is difficult to tell outside of a real research project, but the implications of this article are highly suspect!


Source: Survey: Parents biggest influence on youth health behaviors | Department of Public Health and Environment

Source: Federal Study: Passage Of Medical Marijuana Laws Don’t Increase Teen Use | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

Prohibitionists often claim that legalizing and regulating marijuana will increase youth access to the plant. But newly released federal data says just the opposite.

Source: CDC: Young People Say Marijuana Is Becoming Less Available | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Oct 11;169:26-32. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.10.004. [Epub ahead of print]

Source: State-level medical marijuana laws, marijuana use and perceived availability of marijuana among the general U.S. population. – PubMed – NCBI

Subst Use Misuse. 2016 Oct 18:1-3. [Epub ahead of print]

Source: Is the Legalization of Marijuana Associated With Its Use by Adolescents? – PubMed – NCBI