Virtual reality experiments show that cannabis increases propensity for false memories

by Amy Schleunes When Lilian Kloft stumbled across a 2015 study showing a connection between cannabis use and susceptibility to false memories, she found herself wondering about the legal implications of the results. The study had discovered that heavy users of cannabis were more likely than controls to form false memories—recollections of events that neverContinue reading “Virtual reality experiments show that cannabis increases propensity for false memories”

Study on cannabis chemical as a treatment for pancreatic cancer may have ‘major impact,’ Harvard researcher says

Scientists from Harvard University’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have found evidence that a chemical derived from cannabis may be capable of extending the life expectancy for those with pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer makes up just 3 percent of all cancers in America. But with a one-year survival rate of just 20 percent (and five-year survival rateContinue reading “Study on cannabis chemical as a treatment for pancreatic cancer may have ‘major impact,’ Harvard researcher says”

Cannabinoid Exposure During Adolescence Disrupts Neural Regulation

Cannabis exposure during adolescence may interfere with the brain’s maturation, at least in rats, according to research presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego this week. Scientists find that a synthetic cannabinoid can throw dopamine signaling out of whack and alter the development of the prefrontal cortex. As states continue to legalizeContinue reading “Cannabinoid Exposure During Adolescence Disrupts Neural Regulation”

Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, alcohol use, and the use of cannabis all shown to make the brain age prematurely.

For what is thought to be the largest study of its kind, the researchers analyzed brain scans of 31,227 people aged 9 months–105 years. In a paper that now features in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, they describe how they identified “patterns of aging” from the brain scans. These were done using single photon emissionContinue reading “Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, alcohol use, and the use of cannabis all shown to make the brain age prematurely.”

Since legalization, the illegal marijuana market now hides in plain sight.

Law enforcement officers uproot a large-scale illegal marijuana grow, one of several masquerading as legal operations in Okanogan County. by Martin Kaste On a big-sky plateau on the eastern slope of the Cascades, a 10-acre parcel of land has been trashed by illicit pot farmers. Abandoned equipment rusts and jugs of chemicals molder. Marijuana legalizationContinue reading “Since legalization, the illegal marijuana market now hides in plain sight.”

Chemical analysis of sewage suggests that people in Western Kentucky used more drugs on the day of the solar eclipse

By Nala Rogers Even drugs that clear the body quickly leave traces about when and where they were used. In fact, many traces get flushed down the toilet — and those traces can be surprisingly revealing. In a study published last month in the journal Science of the Total Environment, researchers analyzed sewage from twoContinue reading “Chemical analysis of sewage suggests that people in Western Kentucky used more drugs on the day of the solar eclipse”

Serious researchers studied how sex is different with marijuana vs alcohol

By Christopher Ingraham As acceptance of and usage of marijuana have become more widespread, a whole lot of interesting questions for public health researchers have been raised: How will legal marijuana affect our children? Our jobs? Our relationships? Or how about our sex lives? That latter question inspired a research project by Joseph Palamar andContinue reading “Serious researchers studied how sex is different with marijuana vs alcohol”

One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana

By Christopher Ingraham There’s a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But that’s always been just an assumption. Now a newContinue reading “One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana”

New study shows that medical marijuana cuts average number of migraine headaches in half

Marijuana may give relief to migraine sufferers, according to research published online in Pharmacotherapy. The research included 121 patients diagnosed with migraines and treated with medical marijuana between January 2010 and September 2014. Patients in the study used both inhaled marijuana and edible marijuana. The researchers said inhaled marijuana seemed to be preferred for treatingContinue reading “New study shows that medical marijuana cuts average number of migraine headaches in half”

Bundle of marijuana worth $10,000 falls from the sky and crushes doghouse

Maya Donnelly awoke to what sounded like thunder in the early morning hours, but dismissed it as a typical monsoon storm and went back to sleep. Later that morning, she looked in the carport at her home in Nogales, near the US-Mexico border, and saw pieces of wood on the ground. She found a bulkyContinue reading “Bundle of marijuana worth $10,000 falls from the sky and crushes doghouse”