Items tagged with scientific research

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"Think cannabis is harmless?" No. Does anyone? [23.10.2013] Cannabis is associated with psychosis (a symptom) and schizophrenia (an illness where this symptom is persistent) in complex, contradictory and myste ...
The global epidemiology and contribution of cannabis use and dependence to the global burden of disease [23.10.2013] Cannabis dependence is a disorder primarily experienced by young adults, especially in higher income countries. It has not been shown to increase mor ...
War on illegal drugs failing, medical researchers warn [01.10.2013] The global “war on drugs” has been such a failure that illegal substances are now cheaper and purer than at any period over the past two decades, war ...
OAS study eyes marijuana decriminalization [17.05.2013] An Organization of American States study in response to calls by some Latin American leaders for rethinking the war on drugs advocates serious discus ...
Marijuana legalization in Colorado may not pay for itself, study finds [25.04.2013] Legal marijuana in Colorado may not bring in enough money to cover the societal costs of legalization, a study from a Colorado State University think ...
Pot smokers might not turn into dopes after all [13.01.2013] Cannabis rots your brain — or does it? Last year, a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggested that people w ...
Study: marijuana a susbstitute for prescription drugs and alcohol [10.12.2012] Research being conducted by a former Victoria city councillor is poking holes in marijuana’s reputation as a gateway drug. According to an academic p ...
Study shows legalizing pot could earn billions for B.C. [20.11.2012] Legalizing marijuana in B.C. could generate $2.5 billion in government tax and licensing revenues over the next five years, according to a study publ ...
Mexico study: US legalization cuts cartel profits [30.10.2012] A study released by a respected Mexican think tank asserts that proposals to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado, Oregon and Washi ...
Decriminalise drug use, say experts after six-year study [15.10.2012] A six-year study of Britain's drug laws by leading scientists, police officers, academics and experts has concluded it is time to introduce decrimina ...
Study: Pot arrests cost state $300 million in past 25 years [10.10.2012] A new crime-data analysis has found that 241,000 people in Washington were arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession over the last quarter-centur ...
Cannabis reduces IQ (and appreciation of context) [28.08.2012] A new study suggests that young cannabis users run the risk of a lower IQ. In what is an impressively long-term cohort study, it was found that "thos ...
Does weekly marijuana use by teens really cause a drop in IQ? [28.08.2012] Heavy marijuana use is associated with cognitive decline in about 5% of teens, according to a new study, which suggests that the heaviest users could ...
Cannabis as an Adjunct to or Substitute for Opiates in the Treatment of Chronic Pain [31.05.2012] There is a growing body of evidence to support the use of medical cannabis as an adjunct to or substitute for prescription opiates in the treatment o ...
Marijuana compound treats schizophrenia with few side effects [29.05.2012] A compound found in marijuana can treat schizophrenia as effectively as antipsychotic medications, with far fewer side effects, according to a prelim ...
The Israeli pharmacologist who kick-started marijuana research [13.05.2012] Half a century ago, Hebrew University Prof. Raphael Mechoulam isolated and synthesized THC, the main psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant. By ...
The neuroscience of pot [11.01.2012] Marijuana has been shown to have both anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects and to induce anxiety and psychosis in certain people. In schizophrenics, it ...
Marijuana may both trigger and suppress psychosis [04.01.2012] New research finds that the two main ingredients in marijuana have opposing effects on it. The study examined 15 normal men who had previously smoked ...
What can we learn from the Dutch cannabis coffeeshop system? [31.10.2011] In 1976 the Netherlands adopted a formal written policy of non-enforcement for violations involving possession or sale of up to 30 g of cannabis. The ...
Budding research may remove stigma around cannabis cultivation [20.10.2011] Two Canadian researchers hope their work — mapping the cannabis sativa genome — will get rid of the stigma which they say surrounds the cultivation o ...
Fear and loathing surrounds decriminalisation [18.06.2011] "The war on drugs has failed," said a recent report compiled by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which comprised a former UN secretary-general, ...
What should we do about cannabis? [09.11.2010] No serious commentator doubts that cannabis is potentially damaging to the user. Like tobacco, it is typically smoked and thus shares the potential f ...
Marijuana as a gateway drug [28.10.2010] Of all the arguments that have been used to demonize marijuana, few have been more powerful than that of the "gateway effect": the notion that while ...
The changing use and misuse of khat [07.05.2010] Within the last decade the hitherto little known psychoactive substance of khat has emerged as a regional and international issue. In the Horn of Afr ...
Cannabis policy: Time to move beyond the psychosis debate [11.03.2010] Researchers, research funders and policymakers should give greater voice to the risks and harms associated with particular cannabis policies and to t ...
Adverse health effects of non-medical cannabis use [17.10.2009] For over two decades, cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, has been the most widely used illicit drug by young people in high-income countries, and ...
Assessing the impact of cannabis use on trends in diagnosed schizophrenia in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 2005 [27.06.2009] A recent systematic review concluded that cannabis use increases risk of psychotic outcomes independently of confounding and transient intoxication e ...
Randomized controlled trial of dexamphetamine maintenance for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence [18.06.2009] This study tested the impact of a long-acting form of amphetamine as medication to help control dependent use of the closely allied stimulant, metham ...
Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate [01.09.2008] Despite cannabis being the most widely used illegal drug, and therefore the mainstay of the ‘war on drugs’, it has only ever held a relatively margin ...
The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy [01.05.2004] Decriminalizing cannabis doesn't lead to more widespread use, according to a study comparing cannabis users in two similar cities with opposing canna ...
Crack Heads and Roots Daughters [01.01.2002] An ethnographic study of women and drug use in inner city neighborhoods in Kingston, Jamaica, revealed that cannabis is commonly used in conjunction ...
Evaluating alternative cannabis regimes [31.01.2001] Cannabis is the cutting-edge drug for reform, the only politically plausible candidate for major legal change, at least decriminalisation (re ...
Cannabis use, a stepping stone to other drugs? [31.12.1996] Does smoking reefer lead to using other drugs, in daily practice usually described as cocaine and heroin? Raising the possibility that the answer to ...

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