The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) has just issued the twelfth edition in their ongoing educational “Practical Theorist” series. The “Practical Theorist 12” focuses on the current state of marijuana in America. This document provides the reader a wide range of information on a variety of topics with findings based[Read More…]
Public Health and Safety
Legalization of Recreational Marijuana & Increased Traffic Fatality Rates
Released in the June 22, 2020 version of JAMA Internal Medicine (doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.1769 ) comes research from Kamer (et.al) that examines the fatal motor vehicle collision rates in the original four states that legalized marijuana for “recreational” use. Three of the four states did record increases in their fatal collision rates post[Read More…]
High-Potency THC Products, Is the Bang Worth the Bucks?
The June 10, 2020 edition of the JAMA Psychiatry released emerging research from the University of Colorado (Boulder) into the effects of high and low potency THC with respect for both intoxication and impairment. This study looked at 121 participants who were dosed with raw marijuana flower (THC potency of[Read More…]
Retail Purchases of Marijuana Products – A Consumer Awareness Bulletin
When purchasing retail marijuana-based products, the consumer should be aware of the potential impacts of that choice, both financially and possibly to their own health. From reported adverse health effects stemming from use of high potency products to unsupported claims of medical benefits, this bulletin gives a broad overview of[Read More…]
Impacts From Recreational Marijuana in America: May Take a Decade or More To Comprehend
In the June 2020 edition of World Psychiatry (Vol. 19, edition 2), authors W. Hall and M. Lynsky analyze public health data concerning the emerging health impacts stemming from recreational marijuana in the United States since 2012. They examine how marijuana’s legalization has had impacts to increased THC potency levels,[Read More…]
Adolescents and Vaping – The CDC Releases a New Study
For nearly a year, public health agencies at the federal, state and local levels have been investigating what has been described as a “national outbreak” of E-cigarette, Vaping Associated Lung Injury (EVALI). EVALI is the inflammation of the lungs, producing pneumonia like symptoms as a result of inhaling the substances[Read More…]
Andy Zorn’s Story: Marijuana’s Role in his Suicide
Andrew Zorn was a young man who experienced a downward progression in his mental health largely due to heavy marijuana use. His mother, Sally Schindel, now runs an organization of women whose children have been negatively affected by marijuana use. Their goal is to “make the public aware of marijuana harms by[Read More…]
Marc Bullard & the Dangers of Dabbing
One of the most recent trends in the world of marijuana is the use of THC concentrates, usually via a method called dabbing. This entails heating a small amount of concentrate, often on the tip of a nail, and inhaling the resulting vapor.
Increasing numbers of children admitted to hospitals with marijuana exposure
A new study shows that the number of children being admitted to hospitals with lung irritation who have been exposed to marijuana is increasing. At this point, 16 percent of children (about 1 in 6) admitted for bronchiolitis show signs of contact with THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.
Potential for Addiction
Though it is uncommon, it is possible for people to become addicted to marijuana. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that between nine and ten percent of marijuana users will become addicted. For those who begin regularly using marijuana as adolescents, it is around 17