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Cellular-level changes to a part of the brain’s reward system induced by chronic exposure to the psychoactive component of marijuana may contribute to the drug’s pleasurable and potentially addictive qualities, suggests a study in young mice.

Source: A new target for marijuana — ScienceDaily

 

This means that frequent/constant getting high depletes neurotransmitters, requiring more cannabis for the same pleasure, much like eating chili peppers gets you used to the heat by depleting the nerve cells ability to transmit the pain.  This tolerance build-up and is usually a requirement for addiction.

As with most things, moderation is usually the best avenue.

AuntieBS

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Cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating derivative from cannabis, has been shown to reduce seizures and autism-like behaviors in a mouse model of a genetic disorder, Dravet syndrome. Children with this devastating condition have difficult-to-treat epilepsy, cognitive impairments, and problems with social interactions. The researchers also studied how therapeutic effects of cannabidiol relate to changes in signaling between certain brain neurons.

Source: Cannabidiol benefits and mechanisms shown in mouse study of Dravet syndrome: Cannabidiol treatment reduces seizures and autism-like behaviors in mice with this genetic condition — ScienceDaily

A new study on cannabis use that involved 1,136 patients (from 18 to 40 years of age) with mental illnesses who had been seen five times during the year after discharge from a psychiatric hospital demonstrates that sustained used of cannabis is associated with an increase in violent behavior in young people. Moreover, the association between persistent cannabis use and violence is stronger than that associated with alcohol or cocaine.

Source: Cannabis consumption increases violent behavior in young people in psychiatric care — ScienceDaily

 

So, can we safely assume that if someone gets violent from cannabis, that they are mentally ill?  Probably not.  But, mentally ill people should not consume cannabis or any other psychotropic drug outside of doctors’ care.  If consuming anything makes you violent, that’s good indication to stop using it.

As for the study, how do we know that violent, mentally ill people are more likely to use cannabis to try to calm down?  Causality is not proven– just correlation.  Still,…..

AuntieBS

Scientists have found that physical abuse was associated with decreases in children’s cognitive performance, while non-abusive forms of physical punishment were independently associated with reduced school engagement and increased peer isolation.

Source: Physical abuse and punishment impact children’s academic performance — ScienceDaily

 

While collectively, this may be true, but I would add that it strongly is influenced by the subjects– the parents and the child.  I was raised with spankings (with a wooden slat) when I deserved it.  It was used non-abusively as capital punishment for egregious mis-deeds, with loss of privileges being the usual form of punishment.  I feared it and respected it, and it kept me in line.  Maybe other children react differently, or their parents resort to such punishment too quickly, but I can assure the reader that this is NOT universal.

AuntieBS

Researchers have found benzene and other potentially cancer-causing chemicals in the vapor produced by butane hash oil, a cannabis extract.

Source: Cancerous toxins linked to cannabis extract — ScienceDaily

 

Just like the scare on solvents remaining in decaffeinated coffee, how the extract is made is important.  It may be the solvent, the method, the attention to details, or all the above.  I would think that purists would prefer just the plant material, without any extraction residues.

AuntieBS

More than half of the states in the US now allow some type of legal marijuana use, primarily medical marijuana. But, in a survey of medical residents and deans at the nation’s medical schools, researchers have found that the majority of schools are not teaching their students about medical marijuana, and the majority of students don’t feel prepared to discuss the subject with patients.

Source: Medical students not trained to prescribe medical marijuana: Many states allow medical pot, but few med schools address it — ScienceDaily

 

Many people, with whom I’ve spoken about cannabis, say “I’ll ask my doctor about it”.  They might as well ask the neighborhood drug dealer, who may know more than their doctor about it.  Big Pharma, who see cannabis as a threat to their profits, denounce cannabis if they mention it at all.  And, they provide many grants for medical schools and text books.  Any wonder as to why your doctor is clueless about cannabis?  My readers– all of you– know more about cannabis than most doctors do.  It is up to us to know the good, the bad, and the ugly about cannabis, it’s side effects, its efficacies, and its contraindications.  Educate yourselves.  This blog is a good starting point.

AuntieBS

Marijuana may bring on temporary paranoia and other psychosis-related effects in individuals at high risk of developing a psychotic disorder, finds a preliminary study.

Source: Marijuana may produce psychotic-like effects in high-risk individuals — ScienceDaily

 

This is like saying that people with frail bones are more likely to break them when they fall, or people who don’t exercise are more likely to get tired when doing work, or other obvious connections.  All this article says is that if you are a high-risk individual– “psychotic symptoms (such as unusual thoughts, suspiciousness, perceptual disturbances)”, are more likely to have them exacerbated when using cannabis.

And my own revelation of the day: “People who can’t do math are more likely to be cheated in financial transactions”.

OK, back to sleep……..

AuntieBS