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Legal marijuana reduces chronic pain, but increases injuries and car accidents

May 15th, 2019 cannacan Posted in Science Daily No Comments »

Legal marijuana reduces chronic pain, but increases injuries and car accidents

The legalization of recreational marijuana is associated with an increase in its abuse, injury due to overdoses, and car accidents, but does not significantly change health care use overall, according to a new study.

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Health professionals wary of medicinal cannabis misuse and adverse effects

May 7th, 2019 cannacan Posted in Science Daily No Comments »

Health professionals wary of medicinal cannabis misuse and adverse effects

An analysis of published studies gauging attitudes to medicinal cannabis has found that while health professionals are broadly supportive, they feel they lack clinical and legislative knowledge, and their greatest concerns are the psychiatric harm that may be caused to patients and misuse by recreational drug users.

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Cannabis-based medicine may reduce seizures for children with difficult-to-treat epilepsy

May 2nd, 2019 cannacan Posted in Science Daily No Comments »

Cannabis-based medicine may reduce seizures for children with difficult-to-treat epilepsy

Taking a pharmaceutical formulation of cannabidiol, a cannabis-based medicine, cut seizures nearly in half for children with a rare and severe type of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, according to a phase 3 study.

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The new ‘runner’s high’? Some often mix weed, workouts

May 1st, 2019 cannacan Posted in Science Daily No Comments »

The new 'runner's high'? Some often mix weed, workouts

A study of cannabis users in states where it's legal found 82% use the drug before and/or after exercise, with many reporting it increases enjoyment, enhances recovery, and heightens motivation.

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Insight into the proteins in the brain that detect cannabis

April 30th, 2019 cannacan Posted in Science Daily No Comments »

Insight into the proteins in the brain that detect cannabis

Researchers have made new progress in understanding how cannabinoid receptors (CB1Rs), the proteins that detect the active components of marijuana, are controlled in the brain.

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One in 7 Washington State drivers with children in the car recently used marijuana

April 25th, 2019 cannacan Posted in Science Daily No Comments »

One in 7 Washington State drivers with children in the car recently used marijuana

According to a roadside survey conducted in Washington State, 14.1% of drivers with children in the car -- nearly one in seven -- tested positive for THC, the principal psychoactive compound in marijuana.

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Insights on marijuana and opioid use in people with cancer

April 22nd, 2019 cannacan Posted in Science Daily No Comments »

Insights on marijuana and opioid use in people with cancer

A new study reveals that many people with cancer use marijuana, and rates of use in the US have increased over time. The study also found that patients with cancer are more likely to use prescription opioids than adults without cancer.

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Marijuana users weigh less, defying the munchies

April 19th, 2019 cannacan Posted in Science Daily No Comments »

Marijuana users weigh less, defying the munchies

New evidence suggests that those who smoke cannabis, or marijuana, weigh less compared to adults who don't. The findings are contrary to the belief that marijuana users who have a serious case of the munchies will ultimately gain more weight.

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Regular cannabis users require up to 220% higher dosage for sedation in medical procedures

April 15th, 2019 cannacan Posted in Science Daily No Comments »

Regular cannabis users require up to 220% higher dosage for sedation in medical procedures

Researchers in Colorado examined medical records of 250 patients who received endoscopic procedures after 2012, when the state legalized recreational cannabis. They found patients who smoked or ingested cannabis on a daily or weekly basis required 14% more fentanyl, 20% more midazolam, and 220% more propofol to achieve optimum sedation for routine procedures, including colonoscopy.

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Marijuana for morning sickness? It’s not great for baby’s brain

April 9th, 2019 cannacan Posted in Science Daily No Comments »

Marijuana for morning sickness? It's not great for baby's brain

With a growing number of states legalizing recreational or medical marijuana, more women are using the drug during pregnancy, in part due to its reported ability to relieve morning sickness. A new study, conducted in rats, sheds light on how cannabis exposure affects the brain of a developing fetus.

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