Youth marijuana use still stubbornly high

Dec 16, 15 Youth marijuana use still stubbornly high

Posted by in Marijuana, Research, Uncategorized

Drug use is down in just about every category but one: Youth marijuana use remains stubbornly high, according to the latest Monitoring the Future study.

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Epidiolex helping kids with epilepsy

Dec 10, 15 Epidiolex helping kids with epilepsy

Posted by in Marijuana, Research, Uncategorized

Epidiolex, which is now in clinical trials, is widely considered among healthcare experts to be the safer experimental option for treating forms of severe childhood epilepsy than the non-purified CBD oils typically found in medical marijuana dispensaries, such as “Charlotte’s Web.”

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ASAM marijuana policy updated

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) continues to oppose marijuana legalization and recommends that jurisdictions that already have sanctioned the sale of marijuana products prohibit those sales to anyone under age 25, according to its recently updated “Public Policy Statement on Marijuana, Cannabinoids and Legalization.

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Legal marijuana’s impact on CO troubling

Sep 15, 15 Legal marijuana’s impact on CO troubling

Posted by in Marijuana, Research, Uncategorized

Marijuana-related problems of public health and safety are worsening in Colorado, according to a new federal report released today by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA.

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Feds ease rules on cannabis research

Jun 22, 15 Feds ease rules on cannabis research

Posted by in Marijuana, Research, Uncategorized

The White House today announced its intention to lift a bureaucratic requirement identified as an impediment to scientific research of cannabis. The move is consistent with calls from a group of bipartisan lawmakers and from recommendations issued in May by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a nonprofit organization focused on...

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CO adult pot use almost double national average

Jun 16, 15 CO adult pot use almost double national average

Posted by in Marijuana, Research, Uncategorized

A new statewide study funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found that 13.6 percent of Colorado adults are regular users of marijuana — almost double the rate (7.4 percent) of the entire United States, according to recent Health and Human Services studies. The study also found 1 in 5 marijuana...

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SAM: Marijuana research overhaul

Smart Approaches to Marijuana, or SAM, today released a new report, “Researching Marijuana’s Potential Responsibly: A Six-Point Plan” and called for a series of recommendations aimed at overhauling how marijuana is researched in the United States. The report — which SAM co-founder and honorary board member...

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Marijuana no treatment for PTSD

I joined the U.S. Army in 2012 at age 42 largely because I am a psychiatrist who wants our active-duty and veteran service members and their families to receive the mental healthcare they need and deserve. I continue to serve and was deployed to the Middle East in the Fall of 2014. Those four months yielded incredibly valuable...

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Experts: claims pot safer are bogus

There are few better examples of how science and journalism come together to confuse the public than last week’s news coverage of research out of Europe assessing and comparing risks associated with use of several drugs, including alcohol, marijuana and tobacco. The study, titled “Comparative risk assessment of alcohol,...

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Colorado on marijuana health effects

I am honored to have been asked to serve on an advisory committee of the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, which has issued a voluminous report detailing the real and possible impacts of cannabis use on health. “Monitoring Health Concerns Related to Marijuana in Colorado: 2014” provides a...

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