Cannabidiol (CBD) has shown to be effective in treating specific pediatric seizure disorders. Researchers explored if CBD would be effective in treating drug-resistant epilepsy in reducing seizures in adults, it was not. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted in Australia and New Zealand, 188 people with drug-resistant epilepsy were dosed[Read More…]
Marijuana: Increased risk of stroke in stent patients
When arteries become blocked they can be opened by a minimally invasive medical procedure known as a Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) aka: Coronary Angioplasty. Here a catheter is inserted into the artery and the blockage is addressed by placing a stent which in turn increases blood flow by expanding the[Read More…]
Associations Between Prenatal Cannabis Exposure and Childhood Outcomes
Read Time: <10 minutes Date: September 23, 2020 A recent publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association – Psychiatry (JAMA Psychiatry, September 23, 2020) detailed a study from the University of Washington (St. Louis, MO) by authors S.E. Paul (et.al) regarding the prenatal exposure to marijuana and later adverse childhood outcomes.[Read More…]
Depression and Marijuana Use in Adults
Date: 08-19-2020 A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA Network) examined the changes in marijuana use rates in adults with depression from 2005 to 2016. The study, “Association of Depression With Past-Month Cannabis Use Among US Adults, Aged 20 to 59 years, 2005 to[Read More…]
Novel Insights on Cannabis and Psychosis
Marijuana is one of the most common illicit drugs used by patients with schizophrenia. Recent research into marijuana’s adverse role for people dealing with psychosis and schizophrenia is concerning. The author, Dr. Brian Miller (MD, PhD, MPH), has complied a series of research studies and their key findings that outline the[Read More…]
High Potency Marijuana Usage: Increased Odds of Addiction and Anxiety Disorders in Frequent Users
Researchers in the United Kingdom have just released the findings of a longitudinal study on the relationship of high potency marijuana usage and its impacts on mental health outcomes as well as addiction. In this study of 1,087 participants who used high potency marijuana, researchers found that the respondents had[Read More…]
CBD and Children – Is it safe and effective to use?
CBD is widely available and has been advertised as a bona fide treatment for a wide number of medical conditions, in adults and children. While CBD does not cause impairment like THC does, it does pose a potential health threat to users. Currently, medical professionals do not broadly accept CBD[Read More…]
ONDCP Statement on Surgeon General’s Advisory on Marijuana Use
Today, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Jim Carroll released the following statement after Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adams issued an advisory emphasizing the importance of protecting youth and pregnant women from the health risks of marijuana use.
The Science of Marijuana: How THC Affects the Brain
Some people believe smoking marijuana carries no risks. But scientific research shows that there are risks, especially for teens. Marijuana affects a person’s judgment and can impair his or her ability to drive.
New Study Links Marijuana Use to Opioid Abuse
A study recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry has shown a positive association between marijuana use and a greater risk of abusing opioids. The study examined data from two time periods of the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, and looked at the responses of more than 34,000[Read More…]