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  • Cannabis use in teens not a gateway to conduct problems, study suggests

    While youth marijuana use has its risks, a study finds no evidence that it leads to behavioral problems or using other drugs

    December 12, 2018

    With the legalization of cannabis for adults becoming increasingly widespread, more adolescents will be trying the drug. And parents will be wondering what the consequences will be for their teens should they try and continue to use marijuana.

    A few decades ago, there was considerable concern that cannabis use was a gateway to more serious problems,

  • How masculinity affects young men’s marijuana use

    Social bonds between men may increase, rather than decrease, marijuana use, contrary to what was previously thought.

    March 28, 2018

    Friendships and ideas about masculinity have a powerful effect on marijuana use among young minority men, report researchers.

    Researchers discovered that strong social bonds between men may increase, rather than decrease, marijuana use, contrary to what was previously thought. They also found that men who believe in more traditional masculine gender roles—men are supposed to be strong,

  • If cannabis is getting stronger, why aren’t cases of schizophrenia rising?

    Prohibitionists like to claim that cannabis causes psychosis. But as pot potency has increased over the years, rates of schizophrenia have remained the same.

    March 26, 2018

    Most people who smoke pot enjoy it, but a smaller proportion experience psychotic-like symptoms, such as feeling suspicious or paranoid. The question that polarizes researchers is whether smoking cannabis is associated with a risk of developing psychotic problems, such as schizophrenia, in the long term.

    Of course, cannabis use is common,

  • There’s a surprising link between coffee and cannabis

    Scientists were surprised to discover coffee changed many more metabolites in the blood than previously known.

    March 22, 2018

    New research shows coffee can affect our metabolism in dozens of ways—including our metabolism of steroids and the neurotransmitters typically linked to cannabis—beyond the caffeine boost we expect in the morning.

    “These are entirely new pathways by which coffee might affect health.”

    After drinking four to eight cups of coffee in a day,

  • The link between drugs and music, explained by science

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

    January 26, 2018

    For centuries, musicians have used drugs to enhance creativity and listeners have used drugs to heighten the pleasure created by music. And the two riff off each other, endlessly. The relationship between drugs and music is also reflected in lyrics and in the way these lyrics were composed by musicians,

  • 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.

    December 13, 2017

    Researchers have found that a chemical in marijuana, called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, could potentially slow the process of mental decline that affects up to 50 percent of HIV patients.

    “It’s believed that cognitive function decreases in many of those with HIV partly due to chronic inflammation that occurs in the brain,” says Norbert Kaminski,

  • How tripping on LSD can increase long-term optimism

    The drug induces temporary psychosis, but leads users to increased optimism and openness.

    October 26, 2017

    When most people think of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the image that comes to mind is hallucinating hippies at Woodstock, but the drug’s original use was psychotherapeutic. As early as the 1960s, researchers showed that LSD reduces depression, anxiety and pain in patients with advanced cancer, and recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in the drug’s beneficial effects.

  • Ancient cannabis plants discovered in China

    Scientists suspect the cannabis plants were cultivated for their psychoactivity

    October 7, 2016

    Archeologists have found 13 well-preserved cannabis plants at a 2,500-year-old burial site in Western China.Writing in the journal Economic Botany, researchers described the discovery as “an extraordinary cache of ancient, well-preserved Cannabis” that “appear to have been locally produced and purposefully arranged and used as a burial shroud.”