Marijuana use is increasing among older demographics

Marijuana use is increasing among older demographics

Many are turning to cannabis for pain relief and other age-related health problems

When most people think of cannabis users, they probably think mainly of the younger generations. But it’s actually the 45 to 64 age group who show the highest proportion of household spending on cannabis.

A still from the cult classic Reefer Madness.

The devastating costs of criminalizing cannabis

How Harry Anslinger's Reefer Madness continues to influence our harmful drug policies.

Marijuana may keep HIV patients sharp, finds study

Marijuana may keep HIV patients sharp, finds study

THC seems to slow mental decline in HIV patients thanks to its anti-inflammatory effect says researchers at Michigan State University.

Diamond Days: Freaky Sounds from Britain’s underground

Diamond Days: Freaky Sounds from Britain’s underground

From Sybille Baier to Vashti Bunyan, this week's playlist tunes into the influential sounds of Britain in the '60s.

The link between drugs and music, explained by science

The link between drugs and music, explained by science

As every toker knows, listening to music while high can make it sound better.

Why ‘recreational’ drug use isn’t a bad thing

Why ‘recreational’ drug use isn’t a bad thing

Our culture views getting high as a moral wrong. Here's why it could actually be good for society.

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