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Questions remain as marijuana enters clinic use

Medical marijuana skipped the usual phased testing of pharmaceuticals, so questions abound about how to counsel patients as legalization rolls out across the country, speakers said at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting.

Precautions for Medical Cannabis in Rheumatology

Patient interest in medical cannabis treatments has increased in recent years. However, no studies analyzing the use and impact of cannabis in rheumatology patients exist. To help clinicians provide beneficial guidance to patients interested in cannabis therapies, the Canadian Rheumatology Association has issued a position statement. In this slideshow, we highlight the recommendations.

Is Marijuana as Safe as We Think?

A few years ago, the National Academy of Medicine convened a panel of sixteen leading medical experts to analyze the scientific literature on cannabis.

Too high to drive: States grapple with setting limits on weed use behind wheel

It used to be the stuff of stoner comedies and “Just Say No” campaigns. Today, marijuana is becoming mainstream as voters across the country approve ballot questions for legalization or medical use.

Cannabis falls short for chronic noncancer pain

Cannabis did not improve outcomes or reduce prescription opioid use among 1,514 Australians with noncancer pain, according to a recent report in Lancet Public Health.

Why Cannabis Affects Women Differently

Cannabis use is riding high on a decade-long wave of decriminalization, legalization and unregulated synthetic substitutes.

Marijuana worse for teen brains than alcohol, study finds

Teen brains are more vulnerable to the effects of marijuana than alcohol, a new study finds.

Synthetic Marijuana is Far More Dangerous Than Weed

The Green, a gathering place in New Haven, Connecticut, near Yale University looked like a mass casualty zone, with 70 serious drug overdoses over a period spanning Aug. 15-16, 2018.

People Who Use Marijuana For Gut Inflammation Might Actually Be on to Something

A new study shows that molecules involved in our bodies' processing of cannabis, called endocannabinoids, may have the potential to control and prevent intestinal inflammation in mice.

Marijuana's Uncertain Status: Closing the Gap Between State and Federal Policies

In response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' intent to prioritize prosecution of federal marijuana crimes in states in which such activities have been legalized, Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bipartisan bill in June 2018

Public’s Perceived Risks and Benefits

Cannabis did not improve outcomes or reduce prescription opioid use among 1,514 Australians with noncancer pain, according to a recent report in Lancet Public Health.

Cannabis falls short for chronic noncancer pain

Cannabis did not improve outcomes or reduce prescription opioid use among 1,514 Australians with noncancer pain, according to a recent report in Lancet Public Health.

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FDA issues warning after synthetic marijuana tainted with rat poison sickens hundreds

At least one person in Illinois has died from synthetic marijuana, and doctors say it may be because of rat poison, according to the Chicago Tribune. Veuer's Sam Berman has the full story.

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Why smoking pot causes the ‘munchies’

Smoking marijuana causes neurons that normally suppress appetite to signal an uncontrollable urge to eat instead.

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The average joint contains this much marijuana

How much marijuana does the average joint contain?

“It seems like an odd question but major policy questions depend on the answer,” says Greg Ridgeway, an associate professor of criminology and statistics at the University of Pennsylvania.

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How decriminalizing pot benefits young people

In five states that decriminalized marijuana between 2007 and 2015, there was no corresponding rise in the drug’s use among young people, a new analysis shows.

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Pot Smokers Have More Respiratory Symptoms

Public view more positive than what evidence warrants, researchers say

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Pot Smokers Have More Respiratory Symptoms

Frequent marijuana use was associated with an increase in respiratory symptoms, including cough, sputum production and wheezing, in a newly published meta-analysis, but the quality of the evidence was poor, researchers reported.

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Marijuana drug wins FDA approval—a first that may change federal regulations

Marijuana now has an accepted medical use. The US Food and Drug Administration announced today, Monday June 25, the approval of the country’s first marijuana-based prescription medication. The drug is called Epidiolex and is a plant-derived oral solution of cannabidiol (CBD)

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Surprise: Dispensaries Tell Women Cannabis is Safe in Pregnancy

About 70% of cannabis dispensaries in Colorado in a survey recommended cannabis products for relieving morning sickness in pregnant women, researchers found.

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More parents are smoking pot around kids; children inhaling second-hand smoke

The good news: We've made strides in shielding our children from secondhand smoke.The bad news: A Columbia University study suggests that an increase in parents smoking pot around their children could undo decades of effort to protect our kids.

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NJ marijuana legalization: Legal weed forever changed Colorado, California

In a New Jersey where recreational marijuana is legal, cannabis could quickly overtake cranberries as the state’s No. 1 cash crop, the centerpiece of a new billion-dollar industry employing thousands.

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Medical Marijuana Users More Likely to Use Prescription Drugs for Medical, Nonmedical Purposes

Patients who use medical marijuana may be more likely to use prescription drugs for both medical and nonmedical purposes, according to results published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

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Medical marijuana used pot's emotional connection to spread nationally

Twenty years after California first legalized marijuana use for sick people, "medical marijuana" has become a billion-dollar business so cloaked in emotion that it would be virtually impossible to dismantle.

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My Testimony on Marijuana Before the NJ Legislative Black Caucus

There is a long and ugly history of white experts lecturing black leaders. I do not want to have any part of that nasty history.

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