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…]
Public Health and Safety
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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.
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.
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
Recent testing and studies have showed that the drug can often contain pesticides as well as pathogens, including mold, mildew, E. coli and Salmonella. A study published in the Journal of Toxicology revealed that as much as 70 percent of the pesticides present in marijuana may be inhaled when the drug is smoked. These[Read More…]