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The interstellar comet 2I/Borisov contains large amounts of carbon monoxide - a possible clue to where it was "born."

Massive Wild Animals Wander Russian Streets in Surreal Composites by Vadim Solovyov

The artist began the uncanny series as a way to explore strange events in his real life.

Climate change: 'Bath sponge' breakthrough could boost cleaner cars

A new material developed by scientists could give a significant boost to a new generation of hydrogen-powered cars.

Five-thousand-year-old Egyptian tomb opens for virtual tour

Egypt’s classical wonders are off limits but a royal tomb is one of four sites where 3D modelling gives us a fascinating glimpse of antiquity.

Around the World in Pandemic Street Art

Messages of respect, hope, and frustration have appeared in our largely empty public spaces.

Dust devils may roam hydrocarbon dunes on Saturn's moon Titan

The dust on Titan's dunes is believed to originate as hydrocarbon aerosols raining out of the moon's atmosphere.

AI Uncovers a Potential Treatment for Covid-19 Patients

Software suggested an arthritis drug might quell an out-of-control immune response that damages the lungs.

NASA reveals how it will retrieve a piece of Mars

The Mars sample-return mission will be one of the most challenging interplanetary endeavours ever undertaken.

Wuhan lab says there's no way coronavirus originated there

Where did SARS-CoV-2 come from? Several ideas have been put forward from natural-borne in bats, an escape from a lab in Wuhan and others. Here's the murky origin story of the novel coronavirus.

Life on Venus?

How Russian scientist spotted ‘something moving' in secret Soviet snaps.

Computer users donating spare processing power for a coronavirus vaccine accidentally create the world's fastest supercomputer

People running an app that uses part of their computer processing power to search for a coronavirus vaccine accidentally created the world's fastest supercomputer.

Kepler data reveals hidden Earth-like exoplanet

Scientists have discovered one of the most Earth-like extrasolar worlds ever seen and they almost missed it.

Exorcist says possessed victims with 'superhuman' strength kill with just their teeth

A Catholic exorcist has claimed that victims of demonic possession are extremely dangerous and become so strong they can throw people across the room and even kill.

Wild animals are reclaiming cities and streets during coronavirus lockdown

With the coronavirus keeping humans inside, wild animals have taken to the streets to have their own play — even in cities.

WHO warns there is 'no evidence' that antibody tests show coronavirus survivors are immune

The World Health Organization said that serological antibody tests that governments, including the US, are hoping will reveal coronavirus immunity may not prove anything.

For the first time ever, a robotic spacecraft caught an old satellite and extended its life

A small spacecraft built by Northrop Grumman succeeded in docking with Intelsat’s IS-901 satellite and returning it to service for another five years.

Coronavirus: Is there any evidence for lab release theory?

Four levels of security are based on the precautions needed to handle different pathogens.

Today’s medical masks have a long, mysterious history

Even before it was understood what caused certain illnesses, doctors wore what has become known as plague masks.

Prophetic Book Saw All of This Coming

Saleema Nawaz's 'Songs for the End of the World' just came out as an e-book.

'Dancing' star's weird, spirograph orbit proves Einstein right (again)

The star's orbit creates an ever-changing rosette shape predicted by Einstein's general relativity.

The West Is Facing Its Worst Megadrought in at Least 1,200 Years

The extreme dry spell could hit a huge region from Oregon and Montana, down through California and New Mexico, and part of northern Mexico.

Copper’s Virus-Killing Powers Were Known Even to the Ancients

The SARS-CoV-2 virus endures for days on plastic or metal but disintegrates soon after landing on copper surfaces. Here’s why.

Where Did All the Antimatter Go? Scientists Are Closer to Finding Out

Particle physicists have released the results of a decade-long search.

How the World’s Squarest Fish Gets Around

The yellow boxfish is much more agile than it looks.

An MIT Lab Is Building Devices to Hack Your Dreams

From improving your mood to focusing your creativity, scientists at MIT’s Dream Lab want to prove the power of dreams.

Newfound alien planet may be most Earth-like yet

It's not Earth 2.0, but scientists are getting closer.

Man Has Rusty Knife Blade Removed From His Head 26 Years After He Was Stabbed

The case of Duorijie, an old farmer from Qinghai Province, can be considered nothing short of a miracle.

Shipwrecks Visible from Sky Above Lake Michigan due to Crystal Clear Water

Only two of the five wrecks the Coast Guard patrol team photographed have been identified.

The green sludge that could transform our diets

Microalgae is rich in protein, amino acids, fatty acids, and vitamins. Should we all be eating it?

The U.K. has a location similar to 'Skinwalker Ranch'

George Knapp chats with two of Europe’s best known paranormal investigators about anomalous locations.

Newfound asteroid the size of a house will fly safely by Earth Wednesday

Scientists first spotted it on April 11.

More Than 30 Million Years Ago, Monkeys Rafted Across the Atlantic to South America

Fossil teeth uncovered in Peru reveal that an extinct family of primates made it across the ocean.

The shattered heart of comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS

The comet had been expected to put on a great show, but its nucleus disintegrated on Saturday.

Giant Snake-Like Mound and Mysterious Circles Discovered Near Nazca Lines

A Google Earth explorer recently made the unusual find.

50,000-year-old string found at France Neanderthal site

The fragment has cast further doubt on the idea that Neanderthals were cognitively inferior to modern humans.

Astronomers Spot the Brightest Supernova Ever Recorded

The exploded star continued emitting radiation for more than 1,000 days, unleashing more energy than any supernova previously documented.

The Alleged First Crime Committed in Space May be Solved

Accused astronaut may be innocent of ID theft while on the ISS.

A (Literal) Fire Of Faith

A strange case from October of 1776 in Italy.

Scientists Reconstruct Dinosaur Embyo Skulls in Detail

Baby dinosaurs developed in the egg just like today's lizards.

Sickness From Space?

Could diseases could be arriving on interplnaetary or interstellar debris?

How Smart Are Plants?

The amazing world of plant neurobiology.

How zoos are trying to contain possible coronavirus outbreaks

Coronaviruses are known to affect domestic cats so it came as no surprise that tigers and lions could get them too.

New study casts doubt on rubber hand illusion

One of the world's most famous psychological experiments may not be quite what it seems.

NASA reveals new images of the sun in highest-ever resolution

Researchers at the University of Central Lancashire unveil highest-ever resolution images of the Sun from NASA's solar sounding rocket mission.

U.S. government gave $3.7million grant to Wuhan lab at center of coronavirus leak

The Chinese laboratory at the center of scrutiny over a potential coronavirus leak has been using U.S. government money to carry out research on bats.

Is your dream home a 12th-century haunted Irish castle?

Portlick Castle is widely reputed to be haunted by a ghost known as the 'Blue Lady'.

US warns researchers against studying bats citing coronavirus concerns

The federal government has recommended all field testing and research involving bats in the US be suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Awakening volcanic region in Iceland 'could cause disruption for centuries'

Reykjanes peninsula’s last active period started in 10th century and lasted 300 years.

Statue of Liberty blueprints discovered, showing last-minute changes

Originally, Lady Liberty's arm was designed to be more robust.

Flying objects seen in the night sky over US cities

A peculiar sight was recently spotted and filmed in the sky above at least two major population centers in the United States.

Universe may be expanding at different rates

A new study has cast doubt on the idea that the expansion of the universe is the same in every direction.

Evidence of Brain Surgery in Ancient Greece Discovered

High-status persons were apparently the recipients (and victims) of surgical intervention.

Are We Losing Our Natural Sense of Direction?

Will an ancient skill be lost because of GPS and smart phones?

Should We Make Animals Smarter?

Should the concept of "animal uplift" reamin in the realm of sci-fi?

What is the Scientology Response to Coronavirus?

The group's reaction to the pandemic and their reaction to press coverage.

NASA Looks At Moon-Based Radio Telescope Project

NASA proposes massive project in a crater on the far side of the Moon.

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Cannabis Infused Peaches and Biscuit Recipe

Cannabis and cooking have always gone together for me and my family, and I hope that sharing this cannabis infused recipe of a classic dish I grew up making will be as enjoyable for you as it is for me! Growing up Black in the South was difficult for many, including myself. But, I found […]

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Canadian Chiefs of Police: Decriminalize Drug Possession

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) is calling for the decriminalization of possession of all illicit drugs for personal use. Adam Palmer, Vancouver Police Chief and CACP president, said addiction issues should not be handled by the police. “Bottom line is, addiction issues should best be handled by a health care system, not […]

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Cannabis Purchasing Continues to Increase in Illinois

Sales of adult-use cannabis in Illinois soared to record levels in June 2020, with recreational weed shops selling more than $47.6 million worth of products. Medical marijuana sales outperformed as well. May wasn’t bad either, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), when dispensaries also set a record with $44.3 million […]

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Kansas City Missouri Votes to Remove All Penalties for Marijuana Possession

City council members in Kansas City, Missouri, voted on July 9, 2020 to approve an ordinance that would remove all penalties for the possession or control of marijuana as a violation within the city. The ordinance, introduced in mid-June by Missouri’s Mayor Quinton Lucas and four City Council members, passed by a 9-4 vote, reported […]

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Biden-Sanders’ Unity Task Forces Avoid Recommending Marijuana Legalization

In an effort to unite the Democratic Party and bring the progressive wing into the tent, presumptive presidential candidate Joe Biden met with former candidate Senator Bernie Sanders to hash out several major proposals. In the July 8 Unity Task Forces meeting, the two men continued their negotiations around six major issues including health care, […]

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Driving While High PSA Straight out of Reefer Madness Hits the Airwaves

Like we don’t already have enough on our minds with the coronavirus pandemic surging, the economy collapsing and keeping up with a massive. legitimate and overdue social disruption, the federal government is overseeing an hysterical series of ads about the potential horrors of driving while high on weed. Produced in partnership with the National Highway […]

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Using CBD to Treat COVID-19 Lung Inflammation

As coronavirus cases continue to surge and the current administration and its White House advisors scurry to reframe their response by convincing Americans to get back to work and just live with it, thankfully scientists are still hard at work. Researchers from the University of Nebraska and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute are delving into […]

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How COVID-19 Derailed Legal Weed in New York

When New York state achieved the dubious title as the epicenter of the coronavirus in the United States, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared in late March that the legislative session was effectively over after several state lawmakers tested positive for the coronavirus. Among the unfinished business that would have to wait until 2021 was legalization of […]

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Senior Cannabis Consumers More Active and Have Lower BMI

A new study concluded that older Americans who consumed cannabis were more inclined to participate in group exercise and challenging physical activity than their non-consuming counterparts. The study, done over a period of four months, showed that weed-consumers over 60-years of age were in better physical condition than those in the study who abstained. Baby […]

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CBD Can Help Your Pets With July 4th Fireworks

With July 4th upon us and organized fireworks displays having been canceled in many cities and towns due to coronavirus concerns, it seems this year individuals are blowing off their own M-80s, cherry bombs and Roman candles. Canines find loud noises and flashing lights intolerable on their nervous systems. Fireworks can be triggering and stressful […]

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Decriminalization in Austin and Nashville Stops Prosecuting

Cannabis-related arrests will only be made if there is an immediate safety threat or if it’s part of a separate felony-level investigation, according to a memo published by the Austin Police Department (APD) on July 2, 2020. “APD will no longer cite or arrest individuals with sufficient identification for Class A or Class B misdemeanor […]

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Legalization Bids Pay Off in Arizona and Nebraska

Advocates in Arizona seeking to legalize recreational (adult-use) marijuana flooded the secretary of state’s office with twice the number of signatures necessary to qualify to be on the ballot this coming November. Then, in Nebraska they did the same twenty-four hours later. Cannabis Legalization in Arizona A citizens’ initiative, led by Smart and Safe Arizona, […]

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Social Justice & the War on Drugs | Part 2: The Role of Cannabis Prohibition in Systemic Racism and Social Injustice

We cannot broach the topic of the Drug War without discussing the growing cannabis industry and the activism it took to start moving the legacy market to a legalized, adult-use market complete with retail shops that look as nice as an Apple store. The cannabis industry has been born out of a movement to end […]

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Cannabis Decriminalization Policy in Ohio and Virginia

While possession of small amounts of cannabis is still illegal in Ohio, those caught with up to 200 grams will be off the hook with just a civil citation and a $150 fine, according to a recent decision in the state’s Senate. The Senate Bill essentially lowers non-violent drug possession charges from felonies to misdemeanors, […]

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Mass-Pardon for Cannabis Offenses in Colorado

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a social equity bill into law on June 30 that will also enable him to issue mass-pardons for people with minor marijuana possession convictions. Earlier in the month, June 15, Colorado lawmakers had passed a House Bill that sought to make the marijuana industry more accessible to people of color […]

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Kansas City Mayor Wants to Roll Back Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Like countless cities across the United States, Kansas City, MO, is taking steps to address long-standing issues between law enforcement and black and brown communities in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. The national uproar in response to the killing by Minneapolis police swept through Kansas City as well, resulting in energized marches […]

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Lawmakers Push to Keep Cannabis Legalization on the Table Following Police Reform Bill Vote

In a vote of 236-181, the House of Representatives approved the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which will prohibit federal, state, and local law enforcement from racial, religious and discriminatory profiling. Although there was no specific cannabis policy language or amendments in the policing bill, in a debate leading up to the […]

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Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions in Missouri

Did Missouri Legalize Marijuana? Yes. In 2018, the people of Missouri voted on a direct ballot that would make medicinal marijuana legal and empower the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to oversee and regulate the Medical Marijuana Program. While recreational use of cannabis in Missouri is illegal, medical marijuana can be grown, sold, […]

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Plan Advances to Allow Dismantling Minneapolis Police Department

The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to abolish the police department following a massive public outcry following the May 25th murder by police of George Floyd. The council seeks to dismantle the police and replace it with a “department of community safety and violence prevention,” to be led by an agency director with non-law-enforcement experience […]

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Missouri Green Doctors

Since voters passed Amendment 2 with an overwhelming majority in 2018, Missouri has become a new medical marijuana landscape and has seen approximately 50,000 patients and caregivers certified within the first year. With growing interest in the Medical Marijuana Program and dispensaries set to open later this summer, more Missourians are seeking a “green” doctor’s […]

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Hemp Missouri

Missourians have been growing hemp as a staple crop dating back to the early-nineteenth century. American farmers grew hemp all over the country and manufactured into crucial products, like paper, rope, clothing, and fuel. Is Hemp Legal in Missouri? Though the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 clamped down on industrial hemp production, recent legislation at […]

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Missouri Senate Bill 491

Missouri is now a legal medical marijuana state, but six years ago in 2014, the Missouri legislature was able to pass SB 491 a modified, uniform criminal code law that significantly reduced the legal consequences for possession of marijuana for non-medical use. Judges, legislators, and attorneys had worked eight years to develop the measure, and […]

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RIP Dr. Lester Grinspoon: Intellectual Leader of Marijuana Legalization Movement Dies at 92

Dr. Lester Grinspoon celebrated his 92nd birthday on June 25 and passed away in the early morning of June 26, with his wife Betsy by his side. An associate professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and senior psychiatrist at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Dr. Grinspoon was one of the earliest proponents of […]

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How Much Does it Take to Overdose from Smoking Weed?

I grew up in the 80’s during the height of Drug War mania with Just Say No programs indoctrinating children in every US school district. We were taught that marijuana was no different than alcohol, cocaine, or heroin in terms of addiction and potential harm to the body. These programs reflected a tone and message […]

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Marijuana use while pregnant boosts risk of children's sleep problems
As many as 7% of moms-to-be use marijuana while pregnant, and that number is rising fast as more use it to quell morning sickness. But new research suggests such use could have a lasting impact on the fetal brain, influencing children's sleep for as much as a decade.

Marijuana concentrates spike THC levels but don't boost impairment
A study of 121 regular users of legal market cannabis found that higher potency does not necessarily mean greater intoxication. It also found that while balance and memory are impaired immediately after use, that impairment fades within in an hour.

Cannabis temporarily relieves PTSD symptoms, study suggests
People suffering from post-traumatic distress disorder report that cannabis reduces the severity of their symptoms by more than half, at least in the short term, according to a recent study.

Users of high-potency cannabis four times more likely to report associated problems
Users of high-potency cannabis are four times more likely to report associated problems, and twice as likely to report anxiety disorder, than users of lower-potency strains, according to new research.

Legal cannabis hemp oil effectively treats chronic neuropathic pain
Researchers examine the effectiveness of consuming hemp oil extracted from the whole cannabis plant using a chronic neuropathic pain animal model. Researchers showed that legal cannabis hemp oil reduced mechanical pain sensitivity 10-fold for several hours in mice with chronic post-operative neuropathic pain.

Minimum legal age for cannabis use should be 19, study suggests
The optimal minimum legal age for non-medical cannabis use is 19 years of age, according to a new study.

Researchers develop chemistry needed to create marijuana breathalyzer
Chemists report the key chemical discovery necessary for the creation of a small, electronic marijuana breathalyzer.

How much does it cost California cannabis growers to safety test?
The high cost of testing cannabis in California leads to higher prices for the consumer, which could drive consumers to unlicensed markets. A new study finds the safety tests cost growers about 10 percent of the average wholesale price of legal cannabis. The biggest share of this expense comes from failing the test.

Frequent cannabis users are way too high ... in their estimates of cannabinoids
Researchers surveyed nearly 500 Hash Bash attendees, asking them to fill out a 24-item questionnaire. Participants were asked to fill in, in milligrams, the amounts they considered to be effective doses of THC and CBD. They were way off.

Whether marijuana helps with pain is unclear
Medical marijuana users who say they have high levels of pain are more likely than those with low pain to say they use cannabis three or more times a day, a new study finds. However, daily marijuana users with severe pain also reported their health had become worse in the past year.

Marijuana may impair female fertility
Female eggs exposed to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, have an impaired ability to produce viable embryos, and are significantly less likely to result in a viable pregnancy, according to an animal study.

Saliva test for cannabis could someday help identify impaired drivers
Those who consume alcohol and drive are often subjected to roadside stops, breathalyzer tests and stiff penalties if their blood alcohol content exceeds certain limits. Currently, no such test exists for cannabis intoxication, although the substance can impair driving. Now, scientists report a convenient saliva test for cannabis levels that might someday be used at roadside stops.

New research sheds light on potentially negative effects of cannabis
Coughing fits, anxiety and paranoia are three of the most common adverse reactions to cannabis, according to a recent study.

Legal marijuana products too strong for pain relief
More than 90% of the legal marijuana products offered in medical dispensaries are much stronger than what clinical studies have shown that doctors recommend for chronic pain relief, according to a new study.

Artisanal CBD not as effective as pharmaceutical CBD for reducing seizures
Children and teens with epilepsy who were treated with pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) had much better seizure control than those who were treated with artisanal CBD, according to a preliminary study.

Preclinical study links human gene variant to THC reward in adolescent females
A common variation in a human gene that affects the brain's reward processing circuit increases vulnerability to the rewarding effects of the main psychoactive ingredient of cannabis in adolescent females, but not males, according to preclinical research. As adolescence represents a highly sensitive period of brain development with the highest risk for initiating cannabis use, these findings in mice have important implications for understanding the influence of genetics on cannabis dependence in humans.

Few consumers understand THC levels in cannabis edibles
Few cannabis consumers understand what the THC numbers on packages of cannabis edibles really mean, according to a new study. The study, which surveyed nearly 1,000 Canadians aged 16 to 30, found that most consumers could not identify whether a cannabis edible contained 'low' or 'high' levels of THC based on the label.

Study paints picture of marijuana use in pregnant women
As marijuana is increasingly being legalized in US states, daily marijuana use among pregnant women is rising, despite evidence that this could harm their babies. Researchers have published findings from a study that delves deeper into pregnant women's use of marijuana, providing key insights that will help inform patient education efforts.

Medicinal cannabis may not ease sleep problems in the long run
Medicinal cannabis might not ease sleep problems in people with chronic pain over the long term, because frequent users might build up tolerance to its sleep-inducing effects, suggests preliminary research.

Real risks associated with cannabis exposure during pregnancy
A new study has definitively shown that regular exposure to THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, during pregnancy has significant impact on placental and fetal development.

Focus on opioids and cannabis in chronic pain media coverage
New Zealand media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have found.

Impaired driving -- even once the high wears off
Researchers have discovered that recreational marijuana use affects driving ability even when users are not intoxicated. Cannabis users had more accidents, drove at higher speeds, and drove through more red lights than non-users.

College students use more marijuana in states where it's legal, but they binge drink less
Marijuana use among college students has been trending upward for years, but in states that have legalized recreational marijuana, use has jumped even higher. A study shows that in states where marijuana was legalized by 2018, both occasional and frequent use among college students has continued to rise beyond the first year of legalization, suggesting an ongoing trend rather than a brief period of experimentation.

Study sheds light on link between cannabis, anxiety and stress
A molecule produced by the brain that activates the same receptors as marijuana is protective against stress by reducing anxiety-causing connections between two brain regions, researchers report.

Marijuana detected in homicide victims nearly doubles
Researchers assessed the time trends in alcohol and marijuana detected in homicide victims and found that the prevalence of marijuana almost doubled, increasing from 22 percent in 2004 to 42 percent in 2016. Alternately, the prevalence of alcohol declined slightly from 40 percent in 2004 to 35 percent in 2016.

Scientists discover medicinal cannabis substitute for treating Parkinson's disease
A drug that provides the benefits obtained from medicinal cannabis without the 'high' or other side effects may help to unlock a new treatment for Parkinson's disease.

Study reveals increased cannabis use in individuals with depression
New findings reveal the prevalence of cannabis, or marijuana, use in the United States increased from 2005 to 2017 among persons with and without depression and was approximately twice as common among those with depression in 2017.

Medical marijuana cards often sought by existing heavy users
Young adults who seek enrollment in state medical marijuana programs are often those who already use heavily rather than those with mental or physical issues that could be addressed by the drug.

Increase in calls to US poison control for natural psychoactive substances
A new study found there were more than 67,300 calls to US Poison Control Centers regarding exposures to natural psychoactive substances. The study looked at calls from January 2000 through December 2017, which totaled an average of 3,743 exposures each year, or approximately 10 calls every day.

Cannabis reduces headache and migraine pain by nearly half
Inhaled cannabis reduces self-reported headache severity by 47.3% and migraine severity by 49.6%, according to a recent study. The study also found no evidence that cannabis caused 'overuse headache,' a pitfall of more conventional treatments. The researchers did see patients using larger doses of cannabis over time, indicating they may be developing tolerance to the drug.

Daily cannabis use lowers odds of using illicit opioids among people who have chronic pain
For those using illicit opioids to manage their chronic pain, cannabis may be a beneficial -- and a less dangerous -- alternative, according to new research.

In states where recreational marijuana is legal, problematic use increased among adults and teens
Problematic use of marijuana among adolescents and adults increased after legalization of recreational marijuana use, according to a new study from NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Some CBD products may yield cannabis-positive urine drug tests
A small study concludes that caution is warranted for users of 'high CBD, low THC' cannabis products.

Cannabis use disorder is declining among young adolescents and young adults
The prevalence of cannabis use disorder decreased in 2002 to 2016 among frequent users. Changes in social attitudes and the traits of frequent users may explain the decline, according to researchers. This is one of the first studies to examine the general health profile of people using cannabis daily or almost daily and the trends in the prevalence of cannabis use disorder in this population.

Of all professions, construction workers most likely to use opioids and cocaine
Construction workers are more likely to use drugs than workers in other professions, finds a new study.

Insufficient evidence that medicinal cannabinoids improve mental health
The most comprehensive analysis of medicinal cannabinoids and their impact on six mental health disorders -- combining 83 studies including 3,000 people -- suggests that the use of cannabinoids for mental health conditions cannot be justified based on the current evidence. This is due to a lack of evidence for their effectiveness, and because of the known risks of cannabinoids.

Teen marijuana use may have next-generation effects
A new study shows how a parent's use of marijuana, past or present, can influence their child's substance use and well-being.

The frostier the flower, the more potent the cannabis
Cannabis flowers with the most mushroom-shaped hairs pack the biggest cannabinoid and fragrance punch, according to new research.

Potential therapy to treat detrimental effects of marijuana
A new study using a preclinical animal model suggests that prenatal exposure to THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, makes the brain's dopamine neurons (an integral component of the reward system) hyperactive and increases sensitivity to the behavioral effects of THC during pre-adolescence.

Cannabis study reveals how CBD offsets the psychiatric side-effects of THC
Researchers have shown for the first time the molecular mechanisms at work that cause cannabidiol, or CBD, to block the psychiatric side-effects caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis.

Older adults with COPD more likely to use synthetic cannabinoids
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that's often associated with a variety of health problems, including chronic muscle pain and insomnia. Psychoactive drug classes, like cannabinoids, are often prescribed to help reduce pain, promote sleep and decrease breathlessness. A study has found that older adults with COPD were twice as likely to use prescription synthetic oral cannabinoids compared to older adults without COPD, raising safety concerns.

Medical marijuana laws impact use among sexual minorities differently than heterosexuals
Bisexual women had higher rates of past-year and daily marijuana use compared to heterosexual women, and gay/lesbian women were also more likely to report daily marijuana use and past year medical marijuana use than heterosexual women. While previous research has explored the association between state-level medical marijuana laws and marijuana use and MU disorder among the general US population, this is among the first to explore this relationship for lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals.

Cannabis may hold promise to treat PTSD but evidence lags behind use
As growing numbers of people are using cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study reports that prescriptions are not backed up by adequate evidence.

Gene linked to autism undergoes changes in men's sperm after pot use
A specific gene associated with autism appears to undergo changes in the sperm of men who use marijuana, according to new research. The gene change occurs through a process called DNA methylation, and it could potentially be passed along to offspring.

New breathalyzer can detect marijuana
A team has developed a breathalyzer device that can measure the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in marijuana, in the user's breath. The breathalyzer was developed using carbon nanotubes, tiny tubes of carbon 100,000 times smaller than a human hair. Nanotechnology sensors can detect THC at levels comparable to or better than mass spectrometry, which is considered the gold standard for THC detection.

Teens are using a highly potent form of marijuana
Nearly one in four Arizona teens have used a highly potent form of marijuana known as marijuana concentrate, according to a new study. Among nearly 50,000 eighth, 10th, and 12th graders from the 2018 Arizona Youth Survey, a biennial survey of Arizona secondary school students, one-third (33%) had tried some form of marijuana, and nearly a quarter (24%) had tried marijuana concentrate.

Cannabis flower is an effective mid-level analgesic medication for pain
Using the largest database of real-time recordings of the effects of common and commercially available cannabis products in the United States, researchers found strong evidence that cannabis can significantly alleviate pain, with the average user experiencing a three-point drop in pain suffering on a 0-10 point scale immediately following cannabis consumption.

Spending on illicit drugs in US nears $150 billion annually
Spending on cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine fluctuated between $120 billion and $145 billion each year from 2006 to 2016, rivaling what Americans spend each year on alcohol, according to a new study.

Cannabis-related poison control calls for Massachusetts kids doubled after medical pot legalized
After medical marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, cannabis-related poison control calls involving the commonwealth's children and teenagers doubled, according to a public health investigation.

Marijuana may boost risky effects of drinking alcohol
Compared to people who only drank alcohol, those who used alcohol and marijuana simultaneously were more likely to drink heavier and more often, according to researchers. They were also more likely to experience alcohol-related problems -- like impulsive actions they later regretted.

Adults who mix cannabis with opioids for pain report higher anxiety, depression
Not a good mix: A researcher has found that adults who combine prescription opioids for severe pain and cannabis report elevated anxiety and depression symptoms, with no increased pain reduction.

Marijuana legalization reduces opioid deaths
A new study finds that marijuana access leads to reductions in opioid-related deaths.

Cannabis' effects on brain neurochemistry
A new study provides the first evidence of a blunted response to stress-induced dopamine signaling in the brain's prefrontal cortex in individuals at high risk for psychosis who regularly used cannabis.

Antioxidant compound from soybeans may prevent marijuana-induced blood vessel damage
Marijuana exposure damages cells of the inner lining of blood vessels throughout the heart and vascular system. In studies with human cells and arteries from mice, a compound found in soybeans blocked the damage and may have potential in preventing cardiovascular side effects of marijuana use.

More women using cannabis daily before and during pregnancy, research finds
The number of women using cannabis in the year before they get pregnant and early in their pregnancies is increasing, and their frequency of use is also rising, according to new data.

Legalized recreational marijuana a substitute for alcohol, but not tobacco
The recent wave of recreational cannabis legalization across the US could generate $22 billion in sales per year, but not everyone is happy about it. New research shows the alcohol industry could be impacted when the substance is legalized.

Marijuana use may not make parents more 'chill'
Sorry, marijuana moms and dads: Using pot may not make you a more relaxed parent, at least when it comes to how you discipline your children. A study of California parents found that current marijuana users administered more discipline techniques of all kinds to their children on average than did non-users. That includes everything from timeouts to, in some cases, physical abuse.

Cannabis treatment counters addiction: First study of its kind
An Australian study has demonstrated that cannabis-based medication helps tackle dependency on cannabis, one of the most widely used drugs globally. A new article provides the first strong evidence that cannabis replacement therapy could reduce the rate of relapse. The principles are similar to nicotine replacement in that the patient is provided a safer drug and in an environment that helps break the pattern of use.

Could marijuana be an effective pain alternative to prescription medications?
A new study has shown how cannabis could be an effective treatment option for both pain relief and insomnia, for those looking to avoid prescription and over the counter pain and sleep medications -- including opioids.

Early-and-regular cannabis use by youth is associated with alteration in brain circuits that support cognitive control
The development of neural circuits in youth, at a particularly important time in their lives, can be heavily influenced by external factors -- specifically the frequent and regular use of cannabis. A new study reports that alterations in cognitive control -- an ensemble of processes by which the mind governs, regulates and guides behaviors, impulses, and decision-making based on goals are directly affected.

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