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'Childproof Your Weed': Protecting Your Kids From Edibles

With cannabis poisoning soaring among U.S. children, an expert from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles offers tips for keeping kids safe from so-called “edibles.”

“The best way to keep your kids safe from marijuana edibles is not to have them in your home,” Dr. Colleen Kraft, an attending physician in ...

Vaping Tobacco or Weed Appears Tied to Higher Anxiety in Teens

For decades, people turned to cigarettes in times of stress. Now, a preliminary study hints that young people are using vaping in the same way.

The study, of nearly 2,000 U.S. teenagers and young adults, found that those who vaped nicotine or marijuana were more likely to report anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts. In fact, a majority of vapers said they'd suffered anxiety or depress...

Daily Marijuana Use Now Linked to Heart Risks

New research suggests that smoking weed is far from benign: Toking every day might raise your odds of heart disease.

The increased risk is not insignificant. Daily marijuana users are about one-third more likely to develop coronary artery disease, compared with people who have never used the drug, researchers say.

Marijuana is becoming more widely available and its link with heart ...

CBD Could Worsen Effects of THC in Brownies, Other Products

There's a popular notion that cannabidiol (CBD) can take the edge off the less pleasant effects of marijuana. But a new study suggests that, when it comes to edibles, the opposite is true.

Researchers found that when they gave study volunteers a batch of pot brownies, the effects were as one...

More Kids Vape Weed in States Where Medical Marijuana Is Legal

It’s not clear why, but youths in U.S. states where medical marijuana is legal report more vaping of cannabis than their peers in states where weed is legal for all adults or it is completely illegal.

New research ...

Marijuana Use in Early Pregnancy Could Raise Risks to the Placenta

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2023 (HealthDay News) – New research links cannabis use in the first trimester of pregnancy to poor outcomes, closely related to functioning of the placenta.

This is important information given that more U.S. states are legalizing marijuana for recreational use, researchers said. The study findings were presented Thursday at a meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal M...

Weed-Friendly Posts on Social Media Get Teens Using Cannabis

Laws bar advertising cannabis to teens, but that doesn’t mean they always work.

In a new survey, researchers found that teens still see a lot of positive cannabis messages through social media posts.

These messages influenced their intentions...

Legalizing Marijuana Doesn't Raise Drug, Alcohol Abuse: Study

Living in a U.S. state where recreational weed is legal does not appear to increase the average adult’s risk of succumbing to “reefer madness,” a new study of twins has determined.

An adult living in a “legal” state is not more likely to develop any sort of substance abuse disorder than their twin residing in a state where marijuana remains outlawed, researchers found.

The...

FDA Says No to Regulating CBD Products as Supplements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it can't regulate CBD supplements because there isn't enough evidence on their safety. The agency also called on Congress to create new rules for what has become a burgeoning industry.

"The use of CBD raises various safety concerns, especially with long-term use," FDA Deputy Commissioner

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  • January 27, 2023
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  • In States Where Recreational Marijuana Legalized, Less Demand for Prescription Codeine

    New research suggests that there's one potential way to reduce demand for prescription codeine: legalizing recreational cannabis.

    Exactly what brought scientists to that conclusion? States that legalized cannabis use saw a significant reduction in pharmacy-based distribution of codeine, an opioid with a high potential for misuse.

    “A reduction in the misuse of opioids can save live...

    Marijuana-Linked ER Visits by Seniors Are Rising

    New research out of California finds seniors are being treated in emergency rooms in significantly higher numbers for adverse side effects from cannabis consumption.

    Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) said they studied the issue because they noticed more primary care patients ending up in the ER after using marijuana products.

    "While we did expect to see...

    When States Legalize Marijuana, Teens' Asthma Rates Rise

    Cannabis use in U.S. states where recreational use is legal could be contributing to children's asthma, according to new research.

    A study found increases in asthma in teens where cannabis is legal, compared to states where it remains banned for medicinal and recreational use. The study a...

    Many Turn to Weed to Ease Chronic Pain in States Where It's Legal

    People who use medical marijuana to treat their chronic pain tend to cut their use of opioids and other painkillers, but the trend may also have a downside, a new survey shows.

    Folks treating chronic pain with cannabis reduced by more than 50%, on average, their use of prescription opioids, other prescription painkillers and even over-the-counter pain medications like aspirin, acetaminoph...

    As Popularity of Weed Edibles Rises, So Do Accidental Poisonings in Kids

    As more U.S. states legalize marijuana, the number of preschoolers accidentally eating cannabis "edibles" is rising in tandem, a new study shows.

    In the past five years, U.S. poison control centers have witnessed a whopping 14-fold increase in calls about youngsters who got their hands on marijuana edibles.

    In 2017, there were just 207 cases reported nationally. By 2021, that had b...

    As Alcohol Abuse Declines Among Teens, Marijuana Abuse Soars

    American kids are drinking to excess less and abusing marijuana more, a new study finds.

    Marijuana abuse among 6- to 18-year-olds has increased 245% since 2000, while child alcohol abuse has steadily declined over those years, say researchers who analyzed poisonings over two decades.

    "This dramatic increase does coincide with this huge wave of decriminalization in the U.S.," s...

    Drinking Rates Crept Up in U.S. States Once Weed Was Made Legal

    Could unfettered access to marijuana fuel a rise in drinking rates?

    Yes, report researchers who found alcohol consumption increased at times and in places where marijuana was made legal for certain groups.

    The increase in drinking was mostly driven by young adults and men, according to University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health policy scientists.

    "Recreational cannabis l...

    Smoking Weed Could Be Tougher on Your Lungs Than Cigarettes: Study

    While marijuana legalization in some U.S. states and Canada may send a message that weed is harmless, that's not necessarily so, according to a new study that found lung damage was more common in marijuana smokers than tobacco users.

    Research into marijuana's impact on the lungs is just getting started, because weed wasn't legal in many places until recently, but early indications are tha...

    Half of Dentists Say Patients Are Coming to Appointments While High

    More and more nervous patients are showing up stoned for dental appointments, often forcing dentists to postpone treatment until the patient sobers up, new survey data shows.

    As more states are legalizing marijuana, more than half of dentists (52%) report seeing patients high on weed or other drugs, a new

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  • November 8, 2022
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  • Marijuana Users May Feel More Post-Surgery Pain: Study

    Folks who regularly use weed could be in for a rocky road if they ever require major surgery, a new study reports.

    Frequent marijuana users tend to experience more pain as they recover from surgery, and they require more opioid drugs (like morphine) to deal with that pain, the researchers found.

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    Marijuana, Meth, Cocaine Use Can Help Trigger Dangerous A-Fib

    Using marijuana increases the risk of developing the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation (a-fib), a new study suggests.

    It's been known that drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine and opiates can directly affect the heart and cause abnormal rhythms like a-fib, but weed can increase the risk by 35%, re...

    Marijuana Users More Prone to Infections After Knee, Shoulder Surgeries

    Surgeons have long advised patients to stop smoking cigarettes for several weeks before their operations to lower the risk of complications. But what about weed?

    New research has found reason for worry: Marijuana users had higher infection rates after minimally invasive knee and shoulder procedures. Pati...

    U.S. Teens' Drinking, Smoking Declines While Vaping & Pot Use Keep Rising

    Fewer U.S. teenagers are drinking and smoking these days, but marijuana and vaping have gained in popularity — particularly among kids with lots of unsupervised free time.

    Pot Use in Early Pregnancy Linked to Long-Term Mental Health Issues in Kids

    Using marijuana after the first weeks of pregnancy is linked to mental health issues in children that linger well into early adolescence, a new study shows.

    Exposure to cannabis after about five to six weeks of fetal development was associated with attention, social and behavioral problems, according to...

    Medical Marijuana for Pain Is Linked to Slight Rise in Heart Trouble

    People who use medical marijuana to treat chronic pain may have a slightly heightened risk of heart arrhythmias, a preliminary study suggests.

    Researchers found that among 1.6 million people with chronic pain, those prescribed medical marijuana were 64% more likely to suffer a heart rhythm disturbanc...

    Use of Pot, Hallucinogens Soaring Among Young Americans

    Marijuana and hallucinogen use are at an all-time high among young adults, U.S. health officials reported Monday.

    Compared to five or 10 years ago, the use of these drugs over the past year has risen significantly among 19- to 30-year-olds, according to the Monitoring the Future panel study. The new dat...

    Need Advice on Medical Pot for Cancer Care? Don't Ask Local Dispensary

    Cancer patients who use cannabis to relieve pain and improve appetite may be getting bad advice from dispensary staff, a new study suggests.

    Doctors usually offer only spotty advice about pot to their patients and, although well-intentioned, st...

    Pot Users Less Likely to Think Cigarettes Are Unhealthy: Study

    Could cannabis end up being a gateway drug for cigarettes?

    Possibly, said researchers from Columbia University, who found that adults who use pot daily do not perceive smoking a pack a day as being as harmful as those who do not use pot do.

    "In the context of rec...

    B 8/9 -- When Pot Made Legal, Poisonings From Synthetic Pot Decline

    People appear less likely to turn to dangerous synthetic pot products in U.S. states where marijuana has been legalized, a new Washington State University study finds.

    Researchers discovered a 37% drop in poisoning reports for

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  • August 4, 2022
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  • Pot Users Are Less Prone to Sinus Problems

    Could smoking pot somehow help keep sinus problems at bay?

    It's possible, suggests a new study that found people who use marijuana may experience fewer bouts of congestion, sneezing and sinus pain than th...

    What's in Your CBD Product?  Labels Often Mislead

    Customers buying creams, patches or lotions containing cannabidiol (CBD) to reduce pain or inflammation may get much more or much less than they expected.

    Topical CBD products are gaining popularity in the United States, and the authors of a new ...

    Today's Potent Pot Could Be Prescription for Addiction

    Cannabis has become far more potent over the years, and that may explain why the number of people becoming addicted to the drug has soared, a new study suggests.

    Researchers from the University of Bath Addiction and Mental Health Group in the United Kingdom used data from 20 studies to analyze the relationship between the types of marijuana people use and their addiction and mental healt...

    Where Pot Became Legal, Car Crash Deaths Rose: Study

    TUESDAY, July 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) - - Car crashes and deaths are on the rise in U.S. states that have legalized recreational marijuana, a new study finds.

    "Marijuana, like alcohol and just about every other drug, changes how you feel and how you behave. That's the purpose of a drug. And that change...

    Using Pot May Impede Female Athletes' Performance

    Medical and recreational marijuana use has surged across the United States as more states legalize the drug, but young female athletes may want to think twice before taking a toke.

    A new study from the University of Northern Colorado connects regular cannabis use in fit young wome...

    Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

    In yet another report that illustrates the dangers pot poses to the young, developing brain, a new British study finds teenagers are much more likely than adults to develop an addiction to marijuana.

    "We found that teenagers are three and a half times more likely to have severe cannabis use disorder, whi...

    Odds for Emergency Room Visits Rise With Pot Use

    Toking up increases your risk of landing in the hospital, a new study reports.

    Recreational marijuana use was associated with 22% greater odds of needing to visit an emergency room or be hospitalized, Canadian researchers found.

    The study showed physical injuries, lung ailments and ga...

    Lots of 'THC-Free' CBD Products Contain THC: Study

    You might be getting a little unwanted something extra when you buy a CBD product at your local grocers or supplements store, a new study warns.

    About 60% of CBD products tested in the lab also contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical in pot that causes intoxication, researchers report in the journal

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  • June 24, 2022
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  • Youth Drinking, Pot Use Went Down During Pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic changed kids' lives in many respects, and sometimes for the better. Pot use, drinking, smoking and vaping all fell among U.S. youth, likely because they had to spend more time at home and less time with their friends, researchers say.

    The findings are based on an analysis of 49 studies.

    "One of the driving factors for youth substance use is access to substance...

    Will Medical Marijuana, CBD Ease Chronic Pain?

    Use of medical marijuana has surged across the United States, but a new analysis finds that evidence supporting its use in treating chronic pain remains surprisingly thin.

    There have been few well-performed clinical trials focused on pain relief from the sort of products you'd buy at a marijuana dispensary, including smoked cannabis, edibles, extracts and

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 7, 2022
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  • Use Pot? You May Need More Sedation During Endoscopies

    If you use pot, you may need more sedation than normal during a gastric endoscopy, according to a new study.

    "Patients didn't have increased awareness or discomfort during procedures, but they did require more drugs," lead author Dr. Yasmin Nasser said in a news release from the American Gastroenterological Association. Nasser is an assistant professor in the Institute for Chronic Disease...

    Medical Marijuana May Offer Safe Pain Relief for Cancer Patients

    Cancer patients who use medical marijuana experience less pain and a better quality of life, Israeli researchers report.

    And, their new study found, these patients were able to rely less on opioid painkillers, with minimal side effects.

    "I hope people pay attention to the results of thi...

    Big Rise in Marijuana Vaping Among U.S. Teens

    A growing number of U.S. teenagers are vaping marijuana -- a habit that in some ways may be more risky than old-fashioned pot smoking, a new study finds.

    Researchers found that between 2017 and 2019, the percentage of teens who reported any marijuana use in the past month ticked upward slightly -- from 13.9% to 15.4%.

    What really changed,

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  • May 20, 2022
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  • More Pets Being Poisoned by Cannabis

    With marijuana now legal in many U.S. states, some veterinarians are seeing more cases of cannabis poisoning in dogs and other pets, according to a new survey.

    The poll, of 251 vets in Canada and the United States, found that those incidents usually end well: Most animals recover quickly, without needing a hospital stay.

    But in some cases, more intense treatment is needed. And a sma...

    When Pot Is Legal, Prescriptions for Pain, Depression, Anxiety and Sleep Drop: Study

    When people have legal access to marijuana, they're less likely to take certain prescription drugs, new research suggests.

    U.S. states where recreational marijuana is legal have seen large drops in the use of prescription drugs for pain, depression, anxiety, sleep, psychosis and seizures, the researchers found.

    "These results have important implications," said study co-author Shyam ...

    Some Pot Edibles Mimic Candy, Raising Dangers for Kids

    Marijuana edibles that mimic the packaging of popular snack foods pose a risk to children, a new study warns.

    Researchers looked at the packaging of more than 200 types of edible marijuana products and found that nearly one in 10 resembled commercial snacks foods, including candies and chips....

    1 in 5 Medicare Patients Use Medical Marijuana: Survey

    One in five Medicare recipients use medical marijuana and two-thirds say it should be covered by Medicare, a new survey reveals.

    Medical marijuana is legal in 37 states, four territories and the District of Columbia, but it isn't covered by Medicare, the federal health insurance program fo...

    Bong Use at Home Quickly Fills Air With Toxins

    Smoking pot through a bong doesn't protect the nonsmokers in the room from the dangers of secondhand smoke, a new study warns.

    Bongs have been touted as a safe way to protect nonsmokers from secondhand marijuana smoke. But it can expose them to extremely high concentrations of fine particulate matter - five to 1...

    Arthritis? Back Pain? Medical Pot May Help You Avoid Opioid Painkillers

    Medical marijuana could be a viable alternative to opioid painkillers for people dealing with arthritis or chronic back pain, two new studies show.

    Many patients prescribed opioids for their chronic pain wound up taking fewer painkillers -- or stopping them altogether -- after doctors ce...

    Medical Marijuana Rx Ups Odds for Overuse, With No Benefit to Health: Study

    Using medical marijuana to treat pain, anxiety or depression may quickly lead to dependence, without relieving symptoms, a new study suggests.

    Those most at risk for misusing medical marijuana are patients using it to treat anxiety and depression, the researchers found. Based on these findings, the b...

    Poll Finds Most Parents Would Use CBD to Treat a Child - Is That Wise?

    Cannabidiol (CBD) products are wildly popular among older adults for treating chronic pain and anxiety, and a new poll suggests that nearly three-quarters of U.S. parents think CBD might also be a good option for their kids when other meds don't work.

    On the other hand, more than that - 83% - think

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