Long-term marijuana use may harm mitochondria in brain cells causing memory loss

February 22, 2017 in Marijuana

Federal agencies in the United States have always been reluctant to allow legalization of marijuana use. This they attribute to lack of enough knowledge about the drug and its potential dangerous effects. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 22 million people in the U.S. reported using marijuana in the past month. While veterans and supporters have come out openly in favor of decriminalization of cannabis owing to its impact similar to that of pain relievers sans the possibility of addiction, cynics may have found one more reason to disallow rampant use of the drug in America.

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 Marijuana ring busted at Burger King drive-through in New Hampshire

February 09, 2017 in cannabis use disorder, Marijuana, Substance Abuse

As the light clears the dark clouds looming over Rockingham County, Jeremy (name changed), a 45-year-old backpacker, scans the surroundings for signs of a Burger King outlet.

On spotting one in the distance, he heads straight to the outlet and pulls up to the speakers at the drive-through window and asks for “nasty boy.” At once, the assistant on the other side answers in confirmation. “Extra crispy French fries please,” says an impatient Jeremy sitting inside his car. The Burger King employee returns with a pack of French fries and a coffee cup. After making the payment, a smiling Jeremy zooms away in his car. He’s got what he wanted.

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 Trump administration inauguration celebration surprise: Free marijuana for all!

January 27, 2017 in Marijuana, Substance Abuse

While President Donald Trump was taking an oath of office on January 20, 2017, the DC Cannabis Coalition (DCCC) – a pro-weed organization – was handing out free joints near Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. to advocate legalization of marijuana at the federal level.

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 Record-breaking pot bust: $9 million worth of marijuana seized in Atlanta

January 20, 2017 in cannabis use disorder, drug abuse, Marijuana

In what is being termed as Atlanta’s biggest traffic bust, on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, the Atlanta Police Department seized an estimated $9 million worth of marijuana crossing the city. As per Deputy Chief Darryl Tolleson from Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Atlanta Police Department, it was a tip that led to the seizure of nearly 6,000 pounds of marijuana. The tipoff call came in the evening saying that a drug shipment was moving through the city in a cargo truck.

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 Michigan legalizes medical marijuana

January 19, 2017 in Marijuana, Substance Abuse, Treatment

New medical marijuana laws went into effect across Michigan in mid-December 2016. These laws centered around developing a new structure and set of business regulations pertaining to medical marijuana. While these laws will be effective somewhere in March 2017, the state will start accepting applications for state operating licenses from Dec. 15, 2017.

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 Types of synthetic drugs – Part 2: Fighting addiction to synthetic marijuana

November 25, 2016 in Drug Addiction, Marijuana, Treatment

To get that feeling of “high” from substances, people resort to taking any kind of drug, even synthetic drugs, which are manufactured in a chemical factory with properties analogous to marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine.

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 Bob Dylan’s journey: Drugs, suicide bid, and Nobel Prize

October 25, 2016 in Addiction, cocaine addiction, Depression, drug abuse, Marijuana

Bob Dylan has become the first songwriter to win a Nobel Prize. He had also won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his profound impact on popular music and American culture. The recent development of Dylan winning one of the most prestigious awards given for outstanding contribution in the field of academic, cultural, or scientific advances, has received its own share of credit and critics. Some were disappointed that the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature did not go to an author but to a songwriter and that there were many authors who deserved it. However, many people in musical, academic, and literary committees have welcomed the decision. 

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 Elimination of withdrawal symptoms can help people quit cannabis addiction: Study

July 20, 2016 in Marijuana

Americans look clearly divided on the issue of legalization of marijuana, with its supporters actively seeking relaxation in laws governing the cannabis use. Marijuana users continue to vouch for its curative properties that help get relief from pain and recurring symptoms of mental disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Recreational pot smokers also argue that weed does not cause addiction, unlike psychotropic drugs or prescription painkillers.

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 Americans largely ignorant of cannabis use disorder and its effects: NIAAA

May 12, 2016 in cannabis use disorder, Marijuana

Even as marijuana reform activists across the United States push for the legalization of medical marijuana in the country, it seems not all are aware of the benefits and adverse effects of marijuana use if we consider the increasing rate of cannabis use disorder.

According to a recent collaborative study by the Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University Medical Center, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), an estimated 6 million adults in the U.S. were suffering from marijuana use disorder in 2015.

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 Marijuana use reduces opioid dependence in chronic pain treatment: Study

April 21, 2016 in Marijuana

America’s biggest problem lies in its prescription, misuse of which is only rising every year. The vicious cycle of prescription drug abuse that has thousands of Americans trapped in is largely attributed to a false sense of security that such medications, taken in any form or dose, are relatively harmless as they bear the seal of approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and advised by a doctor.

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