Medical Science

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…]

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Marijuana Use During Pregnancy And Breastfeeding

There is evidence that maternal marijuana use during pregnancy is associated with some delivery complications; babies being born with low birth-weights; and possibly a ventricular septal defect (a hole in a baby’s heart). There is also some research suggesting that marijuana use during pregnancy is related to abnormal early-childhood and adolescent behavior,[Read More…]

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Update: Marijuana Not Harmless

The Psychology of Addictive Behaviors has published a new, contradictory update to a recent journal article that concluded marijuana was harmless. The newer article reports a review of the statistical methods used in the first piece and concludes that, in direct contradiction to the first study’s conclusion, there are 2.5 times as many incidences[Read More…]

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Lung Diseases and Infections

Many people feel that because marijuana is a plant, that it is “all natural” and good for them. But marijuana can have similar health consequences to tobacco, especially among those who use it regularly. Frequent marijuana users have been found to suffer from chronic bronchitis, coughing on most days, excess[Read More…]

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Changes in the Brain and Decreases in IQ

There are conflicting studies about whether or not marijuana use can create physical changes in the brain or even lower people’s IQs.  But even if there are no physical changes to the brain, most agree that there are noticeable changes in the behavior of those who use marijuana.  Studies have found[Read More…]

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