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Pot Use in Pregnancy May Harm the Fetus

Marijuana use in pregnancy may increase your child's risk for stress and anxiety, a new study suggests.

Although some moms-to-be use pot hoping to relieve morning sickness and anxiety, they should know it may cause genetic changes in the uterus that result in children becoming anxious, aggressive and hyperactive, researchers say.

"People are saying that cannabis is benign, and take ...

Attorneys General Warn About Pot Products That Look Like Halloween Treats

Just days before Halloween, attorneys general in several states have issued warnings about cannabis edibles that look like candy and snacks.

"These look-alike cannabis products are unregulated, unsafe and illegal," Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said in a

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  • Number of Teens Who Vape Marijuana Doubled in 7 Years

    Teenagers have followed the vaping trend into marijuana use, with recent studies chronicling a boom in pot vaping among adolescents in the United States and Canada, researchers report.

    The percentage of teens who've experimented with vaped pot has more than doubled in recent years, and vaping among frequent marijuana users has quadrupled, according to the study.

    Currently about 1 in...

    Scientists Develop Quick Test for Marijuana Use

    Researchers may be one step closer to developing the equivalent of a Breathalyzer for detecting marijuana use.

    In an early study, scientists found that their rapid test was able to reliably detect THC in people's saliva in under 5 minutes. THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the active ingredient in marijuana.

    Right now, the "gold standard" for detecting marijuana use is to meas...

    Nearly Half of U.S. Breast Cancer Patients Use Pot or CBD; Many Don't Tell Doctors

    When Brooklyn-based mom and fashion designer Suzanne Weiner began treatment for breast cancer three years ago, her medical marijuana card was her best friend.

    "Pot helped me tremendously with the anxiety and stress of my diagnosis," she said. "I was a mess." Weiner still smokes marijuana regularly to help lessen the side effects of an ongoing treatment that helps keep her cancer at bay.

    Stimulants Like Ritalin May Be Gateway Drugs for College Students

    Use of stimulants among college students was once thought to be a problem among high achievers seeking energy and focus to study.

    Not so, according to new research that links misuse of these so-called "study drugs" to binge drinking and marijuana use. The stereotype of students bumming a prescription medication like Adderall or Ritalin to study is off the mark, it suggests.

    "Stimula...

    'Breakthrough' COVID More Likely in People With Problem Drug, Alcohol Use

    Drug and alcohol abuse increase the risk of breakthrough COVID-19 infection as well as severe illness and death among fully vaccinated people, a new study shows.

    "First and foremost, vaccination is highly effective for people with substance use disorders, and the overall risk of COVID-19 among vaccinated people with substance use disorders is very low," study co-author Dr. Nora Volkow, di...

    Smoking, Drinking Gateway to Pot, Study Finds

    For those who smoke or drink, it's only a small step to marijuana, researchers report.

    "Legal consumption of alcohol and tobacco may directly increase the level of illicit drug use. However, the relationships are complex," said researcher Dr. Zoe Reed. She is a senior research associate in the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

    Th...

    Pot Use by Pregnant Women Rose During Pandemic: Study

    Marijuana use by mothers-to-be may have increased by as much as one-quarter during the pandemic, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found a substantial increase in the number of women in Northern California using pot early in their pregnancies after the pandemic emerged compared to the previous year.

    "Our previous research has shown that the prevalence and frequency of prenatal canna...

    Teens Who Use Pot, E-Cigs and Cigarettes Are in Triple Danger

    More U.S. teens use e-cigarettes, traditional cigarettes and marijuana together, posing greater risks to their health and behavior than if they used only one substance, a new study finds.

    Called "triple users," this group score high on a profile of psychosocial risk, which includes fighting, risky sexual behavior and behaviors such as not wearing seat belts, according to lead researcher T...

    More Women Turning to Marijuana Products to Help With Menopause

    Sleeplessness. Night sweats. Anxiety. Irritability. Aches and pains.

    Would smoking a little pot help women deal with these common symptoms of menopause?

    A good number of middle-aged women apparently think so, because they've been turning to marijuana to help handle the change of life, a new study reports.

    "Midlife women within the menopause transition period of their life are ...

    Recent Pot Use Tied to Rise in Heart Attack Risk for Young Adults

    Marijuana has been linked to a doubling in the risk of a heart attack in younger adults, no matter how they use it, a new study reports.

    Eighteen- to 44-year-olds who used pot were twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with non-users, whether they smoked, vaped or ate their weed, researchers found.

    "We found it wasn't only smoking that had this kind of effect. The effect s...

    Kids' Accidental Poisonings Are on the Rise: Protect Your Child

    As the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on and stress on families mounts, more kids are falling victim to accidental poisoning.

    Experts attribute the surge to disrupted sleep patterns, work schedules and parenting routines.

    "I think what's happening is, parents are challenged with a couple of things," said Helen Arbogast, manager of the Injury Prevention Program at Children's Hospital Los ...

    Half of Adults With ADHD Have Struggled With Alcohol, Drug Use

    Fully half of all young adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also battle alcohol or drug abuse.

    And folks with ADHD who have a history of depression or anxiety are particularly vulnerable to substance abuse problems, a new study showed.

    "People with ADHD may be self-medicating with drugs or alcohol to keep their depression under control, and of course, th...

    No Change in Adolescent Drug, Alcohol Use During Pandemic

    The coronavirus pandemic has posed significant challenges for many, but it did not appear to drive U.S. preteens and young teens to drugs.

    Repeated surveys of more than 7,800 10- to 14-year-olds between September 2019 and August 2020 found the overall rate of drug use remained stable, according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). What did change was their drugs of choic...

    Cancer Patients Avoiding Pot, Even as Rules on Use Relax

    As legal use of marijuana expands, experts say U.S. cancer patients are still far less likely to use it than the general population.

    That's the key finding from a new study based on data on smoking habits -- both tobacco and pot -- collected from nearly 20,000 people between 2013 and 2018. Several U.S. states legalized recreational pot during that time.

    Over the period, reported ma...

    Parents' Pot Smoking Means More Colds, Flu for Kids

    Kids who are around people who use marijuana may be at risk for more colds and respiratory infections due to secondhand smoke, according to a new study.

    In a survey of 1,500 parents and caregivers, those who regularly smoked or vaped marijuana reported more respiratory viruses among their children in the preceding year, compared to parents who did not smoke tobacco or marijuana.

    "Th...

    Could Heavy Marijuana Use Be Driving Rise in Schizophrenia Cases?

    There's been a sharp rise in schizophrenia cases linked with marijuana use since the mid-1990s, a new Danish study finds.

    Prior research has suggested that marijuana -- particularly very heavy use -- is associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia. Although strict cause-and-effect can't be proven by the new study, many experts believe that heavy pot use might work in conjuncti...

    Drug Makers Reach $26 Billion Deal on Opioid Lawsuits

    A proposed $26 billion settlement on opioid-related lawsuits has been reached with four large drug companies, a group of state attorneys general announced Wednesday.

    If enough states sign on to the deal with the country's three major drug distributors -- Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen and McKesson -- and pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, the companies could be released from all ...

    No Drop in Teens' Use of Pot, Binge Drinking Despite Pandemic Lockdowns

    U.S. high school seniors say marijuana was significantly harder to come by during the pandemic -- yet their use of the drug continued at rates similar to those before school closures began, a new study finds.

    Their binge-drinking also continued at similar rates, according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

    "Last year brought dramatic changes to adolescents' lives, ...

    Marijuana Use Tied to Higher Odds for Thoughts of Suicide

    Young adults who use marijuana appear to have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide, according to a new study from the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

    In fact, the risk that someone between 18 and 34 will think about, plan for or attempt suicide increases with the amount of marijuana they use, according to results published June 22 in the journal J...

    Pot Use May Change the Teenage Brain, MRIs Show

    Smoking pot appears to affect teens' brain development, altering it in ways that could diminish their reasoning, decision-making and memory skills as they age, a new study reports.

    Brain scans of about 800 teenagers found that those who started smoking pot tended to have increased thinning of the cerebral cortex -- the outer layer of the brain responsible for thought, perception and langu...

    More Pot-Linked Poisoning Cases as Edibles' Popularity Booms

    Newfangled marijuana products -- edibles, concentrates, vapes -- are driving an overall increase in pot-related calls to U.S. poison control centers, a new study shows.

    There were more than 11,100 calls related to marijuana use in 2019, up from about 8,200 in 2017, researchers said.

    More and more of those calls are related to manufactured products that contain distilled amounts of T...

    Many Older Americans Aren't Telling Their Doctors They Use Pot

    Aging potheads are now past 50 and still puffing away, but new research shows that many don't disclose this to their doctors.

    Folks who use marijuana for medical reasons are more likely to tell their doctors about it than recreational users. Still, just a fraction of medical marijuana users opened up about their use, the study found.

    "Older adults may worry about how doctors would r...

    CBD: How Much Pain Relief Is Real and How Much Is Placebo?

    CBD is all the rage, and millions of people are turning to it for a host of reasons, including pain relief.

    But despite CBD's popularity and widespread use, new research finds it's actual benefits are less clear.

    The bottom line? CBD -- and your expectations about whether it will help (the "placebo effect") -- can make pain feel less bothersome, but it doesn't appear to reduce pain ...

    Too Much Pot During Pregnancy May Endanger Baby's Health

    Women who use marijuana heavily during pregnancy are more likely to give birth prematurely or have an underweight newborn, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that babies born to moms with problem marijuana use -- what doctors call cannabis use disorder -- faced some higher risks than other newborns.

    They were 6% more likely to be born preterm and 13% more likely to be either un...

    CBD or THC? Cannabis Product Labels Often Mislead, Study Finds

    Patients, beware: You might not be able to trust the label on that medical marijuana product you just brought home.

    Levels of the two active ingredients in medicinal cannabis -- THC and CBD -- can vary widely from those claimed by distributors, a new study warns.

    "People are buying products they think are THC-free but, in fact, contain a significant amount of THC," said researcher J...

    Forget the 'Lazy Stoner': Marijuana Users Don't Exercise Any Less

    The stereotypical image of pot smokers has long been one of "stoners" parked on the couch, surrounded by snacks and glued to the television, but a new study dispels that notion.

    Instead, people who use marijuana may exercise just as much as other people do, and perhaps even a little more, researchers report.

    Considering how important regular exercise is to one's overall health, the ...

    When Pot Use Starts in Teens, Drug Addiction More Likely: Study

    Teens who try marijuana or other drugs are at greater risk of developing a drug addiction than those who wait a few years before experimenting with drugs, a new study finds.

    "Though not everyone who uses a drug will develop addiction, adolescents may develop addiction to substances faster than young adults," said study co-lead author Dr. Nora Volkow. She is director of the U.S. National I...

    Teen Pot Use Could Mean Less Success as Adult

    Teenage pot use can hamper a kid's future chances of landing a good job with a large salary, mainly by interfering with his or her education, a new study of twins has found.

    A teenager who uses more marijuana than their identical twin is less likely to wind up in a highly skilled occupation with better pay than their brother or sister, according to the report.

    That's not because pot...

    Legalized Pot Tied to Rise in Young Men's Suicide Attempts

    States that make marijuana a readily available retail item might see an increase in self-harm among younger men, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found a correlation between U.S. states' shifting marijuana policies and rates of self-harm among men younger than 40. Those rates -- which include suicide attempts and non-suicidal behaviors like cutting -- increased in states that legalized, ...

    THC From Pot Lingers in Breast Milk for Weeks: Study

    Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, remains in breast milk for up to six weeks and may be harmful to infants, a new study warns.

    The researchers said the finding supports recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and others that women shouldn't use marijuana while pregnant or breastfeeding.

    "Just as we now caution mothers to avoid toba...

    Lockdowns Tied to Temporary Drops in Illicit Drug Seizures

    Seizures of illegal drugs fell sharply in the United States during early COVID-19 lockdowns, but spiked once stay-at-home orders eased.

    Researchers studied seizures of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl in five locations between March 2019 (a year before the pandemic began in the United States) through September 2020, six months into the pandemic.

    During that t...

    Vaping Pot Worse Than Vaping Tobacco for Teens' Lungs: Study

    Teenagers who vape pot are more likely to wheeze and cough than those who smoke or vape nicotine, new survey data reveals.

    Reports from U.S. kids 12 to 17 show they have a higher risk of wheezing, suffering from a dry cough, and having their sleep, speech or exercise impeded by wheezing if they vape marijuana products, according to results from the U.S. federally funded Population As...

    Pot May Not Be the Best Rx for a Migraine

    If you decide to try pot to relieve your migraine, new research suggests you could be asking for trouble.

    In fact, marijuana use was linked to rebound headaches, which can occur when pain medication is overused, scientists noted.

    "This study shows that there is some kind of association between cannabis use and medication overuse headache in people with chronic migraine, but it is un...

    As Pot Legalization Spreads, More Teens Are Lighting Up

    As pot gains in acceptance among adults, teenagers appear to be more tempted to try it, a new study out of California finds.

    After the state legalized marijuana use for adults in 2016, teens' use of the drug also climbed after years of steady decline.

    Researchers analyzed survey data from more than 3 million seventh-, ninth- and 11th-graders, who answered questions about their ...

    Does Getting High Give You Great Business Ideas? Yes and No, New Study Finds

    Entrepreneurs seeking great new pitches for "Shark Tank" might try a little reefer madness, according to new research. But whether investors pile on is another matter.

    Marijuana use can promote higher levels of business creativity, helping innovators come up with wildly original notions for new products and services, according to a new study in the Journal of Business Venturing....

    Drugged Driving a Growing Threat on America's Roads

    Combining drugs with driving is a potentially deadly but all too common combination in the United States, according to a new report.

    University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers found that almost 9% of adults reported driving under the influence of alcohol. Marijuana use among drivers was more than 4%, while many adults also use both pot and other drugs in combination with alcohol.

    T...

    Pot Use Ups Odds for Suicide in Young People With Bipolar Disorder

    Marijuana addiction increases the risk of death by suicide, homicide and other causes (such as car crashes) in youth and young adults with mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, a new study warns.

    For the study, the researchers reviewed data on nearly 205,000 young people, aged 10 to 24, in Ohio who were diagnosed with mood disorders from July 2010 through December 2017.

    Marijuana...

    As More Legal Pot Dispensaries Open, More Young Adults Start Using

    As more states legalize marijuana and more shops begin to sell it, more young adults are using pot and developing drug-use disorders, a new study finds.

    For the study, researchers looked at young adults in Los Angeles County before and after retail sale of recreational marijuana was legalized in California.

    The study linked areas with many pot shops, particularly unlicensed retailer...

    Pot Might Impair a Woman's Fertility: Study

    Though using marijuana for medical or recreational reasons is legal in a growing number of U.S. states, it may come with some unexpected side effects.

    A new study found that women who use cannabis may be reducing their fertility.

    "Cannabis use has continued to climb. More and more states have legalized it in recent years," said Sunni Mumford, an investigator at the U.S. National Ins...

    Pot Use Rises as Year Goes on: Study

    Here's a New Year's resolution that might be more common than you think: quitting pot.

    A new study suggests it might explain why marijuana use typically falls at the start of the year and then increases as the year unfolds.

    "We found that marijuana use is consistently higher among those surveyed later in the year, peaking during late fall or early winter before dropping...

    With Pot Rules Relaxed, More U.S. Teens Driving While High: Study

    America's roads are notoriously unsafe on New Year's Eve, and a new study shows that marijuana legalization could be making the situation even worse.

    Almost half of teenagers who regularly use pot admit they've gotten behind the wheel while stoned, a new study in JAMA Network Open reveals.

    Overall, twice as many teens report driving under the influence of marijuana tha...

    Will Pot or CBD Make You a Worse Driver?

    As marijuana laws relax and the popularity of CBD products explodes, more Americans may find themselves behind the wheel after taking either of these cannabis-linked substances.

    Now, an on-the-road study found that the danger of driving after consuming a marijuana product varies depending on what the main ingredient was.

    If it was cannabidiol (CBD), which is often found in medi...

    Yes, Pot Is Stronger Now Than in Decades Past, Study Finds

    Marijuana packs a lot more punch than it did 50 years ago, making it a greater threat to health, researchers say.

    "As the strength of cannabis has increased, so too has the number of people entering treatment for cannabis use problems," said study co-author Tom Freeman, director of the addiction and mental health group at the University of Bath in England.

    In Europe, more people no...

    Older Adults Turning to Pot for Common Health Problems

    Marijuana is fast becoming a favorite medication among older Americans, a new study finds.

    Cannabis is being used to ease problems such as pain, sleep disturbances and psychiatric conditions like anxiety and depression, researchers say.

    Among more than 550 patients surveyed, 15% had used cannabis within the past three years, and 50% of users said they used it regul...

    Many Using Cannabis for Pain Take Opioids, Too

    People using cannabis for pain may still be taking opioid painkillers, a new study suggests.

    Researchers looked at cannabis and nonprescription opioid use among 211 individuals in the New York City area. Over 90 days, the investigators found that opioid use was at least as high when cannabis was used as when it wasn't, regardless of participants' pain levels.

    "Our study is...

    4 in 10 Teens, Young Adults Have Used CBD Oil, Study Finds

    Many teenagers and young adults may be using so-called CBD products, often in the belief that they will aid health conditions, a preliminary study suggests.

    Researchers found that of 200 U.S. teens and young adults who landed in their emergency room, 40% said they had used CBD oil. Some did it "just for fun," but others thought CBD "can help to treat my medical illness."

    During and After Surgery, Pot Users Need More Anesthesia, Painkillers: Study

    Marijuana users appear to need more anesthesia than nonusers, and also more opioids to relieve their pain after surgery, a new, preliminary study reports.

    Users of cannabis products who had surgery for a broken leg required higher doses of sevoflurane, an inhaled anesthetic that keeps you asleep during a procedure. These folks also required nearly 60% more opioid painkillers per d...

    More U.S. Women Using Marijuana to Help Ease Menopause: Study

    A growing number of middle-aged women are turning to marijuana to help soothe symptoms of menopause, new research indicates.

    About one-third of older female U.S. veterans said they had either tried to treat their menopause symptoms with cannabis products or planned to experiment with marijuana in the future, according to results presented this week at the virtual annual meeting of the...

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