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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NIDA corrects the record

Mar 24, 15 NIDA corrects the record

Posted by in Research, Uncategorized

Marijuana-legalization advocates frequently claim the National Institute on Drug Abuse has a monopoly on marijuana research and is biased in the projects it decides to fund. To support the claim, this quote, which first appeared in the New York Times in 2010, is often repeated as it was here three years later on DailyKos.com....

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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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The marijuana, psychosis connection

Feb 16, 15 The marijuana, psychosis connection

Posted by in Research, Uncategorized

More research, this time from King’s College in London, reinforces the strong association between marijuana use and psychosis. We provide an extensive list of research citations to aid the growing number of parents who contact us.

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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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Troubling pot trends continue

Dec 15, 14 Troubling pot trends continue

Posted by in Marijuana, Research, Uncategorized

National and local reports about adolescent marijuana use are not trending in a good direction — and both suggest youth living in states where marijuana is legalized face higher risks associated with the drug’s use. First, the local report: Arrests related to marijuana during the 2013-14 school year were up on Denver...

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Pot most prevalent in adolescent suicides

Nov 24, 14 Pot most prevalent in adolescent suicides

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Colorado has ranked consistently among states with the highest rates of suicide in the nation. A report issued this month by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment examines this serious public health problem with a special emphasis on adolescent suicide. In a separate report released today in the prestigious...

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