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Study: Legalizing medical marijuana doesn’t increase use among adolescents

In Children, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Worries about medical marijuana legalization leading to a rise in cannabis use among youth is all just unneccessary hand-wringing, according to a new study. According to a new study at Rhode Island Hospital which compared 20 years worth of data from states with and without medical marijuana laws, legalizing medical marijuana did not give rise to increased use among adolescents. …

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New research uncovers why marijuana stimulates appetite

In Research Topics, Top Stories by David Silverberg

If you ever wanted to know exactly why marijuana users get the “munchies” new research from France offers some answers. A new study published recently in Nature Neuroscience reports marijuana stimulates appetite because the plant’s properties allow users to smell and taste food more acutely. The research team from the University of Bordeaux has found that, in mice, THC is placed into receptors in the brain’s …

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How marijuana can decrease alcohol’s effect on your liver

In Degenerative, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study found a compound in marijuana may protect alcohol drinkers from liver disease. The compound cannabidiol (CBD) works to fight the build-up of fat caused by alcohol, also known as fatty liver disease. Published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, the study came to its conclusion by injecting mice with ethanol twice a day for five days to replicate the impact …

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U.S. researcher discusses challenges in studying medical marijuana

In Feature Stories by KentM

According to a medical marijuana researcher in the U.S., marijuana studies have already proven why the plant requires a new drug classification. He says studying marijuana effectively is hampered by the U.S. labeling the plant an illegal drug. Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, a New York–based medical resident involved in medical marijuana research and policy reform, told The Medical Marijuana Review the …

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Study: Marijuana can help treat severe lung disease

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study found the compounds found in marijuana can help fight a severe lung disease known as acute lung injury, also called acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The disease is a life-threatening condition caused by acute injuries or infections of the lung. Researchers from Brazil and Germany were able to protect mice from acute lung injury by increasing levels …

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Study: Exercise increases marijuana user’s THC levels

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, found that levels of THC were higher by an average of 15 percent immediately after marijuana users exercised. The study authors conclude: “These results suggest that exercise may elevate blood THC levels by releasing dormant THC from fat stores.” While THC levels were boosted in these exercisers, researchers didn’t study if intoxication increased after …

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Marijuana receptor instrumental for potential anti-anxiety drug

In Neurological, Research Updates and News, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A drug aiming to ease anxiety by triggering the same molecules in the brain that respond to marijuana highs has been developed by scientists at Vanderbilt University. The news, via a paper posted recently in the journal Nature Neuroscience,  explains how the drug relieves anxiety behaviors by activating natural “endocannabinoids” without gastrointestinal side effects, this report explains. It’s made from chemically modified inhibitors of …