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Since posting messages is basically what forums are all about, we will spend some time looking at the various options and techniques available. Those who are familiar with forum software, HTML or bulletin board code in general may prefer to skip straight to the Bulletin Board Code and Smileys references.

Please note that, because an SMF forum may be customized extensively by its administrator(s), the presence of a feature in this documentation does not necessarily mean that it will be available to all users in all forums.

  1. Posting Basics
    1. Starting a New Topic
    2. Starting a New Poll
    3. Posting an Event to the Calendar
    4. Replying to a Topic or Poll
    5. Quoting a Post
    6. Modifying or Deleting a Post
  2. Standard Posting Options
    1. Message Icon
    2. Bulletin Board Code
    3. Smileys
  3. Tags and Nesting (for beginners)
  4. Additional Options
    1. Notify me of replies.
    2. Return to this topic.
    3. Don't use smileys.
    4. Attachments
  5. References
    1. SMF Bulletin Board Code
    2. SMF Smileys

Posting Basics

Starting a New Topic

Browse to the board where you wish to post and click the New Topic button (positioned by default at both the top and the bottom of the board, as shown in the User Help Introduction), which should take you to the Start new topic screen. While this presents a number of options, the two most important are the Subject field and main Message field (not labeled as such, but obvious by its size). So enter your subject and start to type (or paste) your message into the main text area, noting that a message missing either a subject or a body will not be accepted for posting until it has both. If you're happy with your plain text message, you can then post it by clicking the Post button and/or preview it first by clicking the Preview button, but there are many further options available to make things that little bit more interesting.

+  Forum Name
|- +  Category Name
| |- +  Board Name
| | |- +  Start new topic
Start new topic
Standard Options omitted for clarity and demonstrated below.
Additional Options omitted for clarity and demonstrated below.

shortcuts: hit alt+s to submit/post or alt+p to preview

  • Some forums show the navigation tree at the top in a space-saving horizontal mode.
  • Some forums may be configured to offer an additional Spell Check button alongside the Post and Preview options.

Starting a New Poll

A poll is basically a topic with an added question and voting options, started by clicking New Poll instead of New Topic as described above. To post a poll it is necessary to fill out the Question field and at least two of the Option fields in addition to the Subject and Message fields required by a standard topic. Further options to configure how many choices the user may vote for, how long the poll should run, whether users can change their votes and what conditions must be fulfilled for the results to be displayed should be self-explanatory.

To offer more than five choices in a poll, simply click Add Option as many times as necessary.

Note that it may also be possible for some users in some forums to add a poll to an existing topic.

Posting an Event to the Calendar

Where this option has been configured (it's not standard 'out of the box'), you can post an event by selecting Calendar from the main menu followed by Post Event from the calendar screen. What you see now is a Start new topic screen with supplementary fields for the event title, date and target board, which simply add your event to the calendar and create a link back to your post in that board.

Replying to a Topic or Poll

Replying to a topic or poll is basically the same as starting a new topic, but it's not necessary to enter anything in the Subject field unless you wish to change what's already there. To vote in a poll, you simply have to select your chosen option(s) and click Submit Vote.

If 'Quick Reply' has been enabled, a simple reply field will also appear after the post(s) on a page, but you'll have to type your Bulletin Board Code and Smileys manually if you choose to use it.

Quoting a Post

To reply to a post by quoting it, you can either click the Quote button for the relevant post and add your own message to the quoted text or click the Reply button followed by Insert Quote from the relevant post in the 'Topic Summary' below, but note that:

  • Both these options add a link to the original post showing the name of the poster and the date and time of the post, whereas the Bulletin Board Code quote tag simply quotes the relevant post without this additional information.
  • You can also retain or add the 'author' attribute independently of the full Quote function, as demonstrated in the SMF Bulletin Board Code Reference below.

Modifying or Deleting a Post

To modify a post, click the Modify button and make your changes. Note that most forums are likely to be configured to show the date and time of the last edit, but the administrator(s) may also allow a short period to elapse before this happens.

To delete a post, click the Delete button followed by OK from the Remove this message? box that appears. Some forums may also allow you to remove topics or polls that you start, but the buttons for these are usually at the bottom of the page.

Standard Posting Options

Message icon:
BoldItalicizedUnderlineStrikethrough|Glow ShadowMarquee|Preformatted Text Left Align CenteredRight Align|Horizontal Rule|Font SizeFont Face
Insert FlashInsert ImageInsert HyperlinkInsert Email Insert FTP Link|Insert TableInsert Table RowInsert Table Column|SuperscriptSubscriptTeletype| Insert CodeInsert Quote|Insert List
Smiley Wink Cheesy Grin Angry Sad Shocked Cool Huh Roll Eyes Tongue Embarrassed Lips Sealed Undecided Kiss Cry

Message Icon

This drop-down menu allows you to change the default icon for the subject line to something matching the mood or purpose of your post.

Bulletin Board Code

Bulletin Board Code (or BBC) is the essential tool for formatting and changing the appearance of your post. While it affects the plain text in much the same way as the formatting tools in any word processor, the main Message field does not behave in a WYSIWYG manner, so you should preview your message if you need to see what it will look like when posted.

A complete SMF Bulletin Board Code Reference is provided below.


While smileys can be viewed as purely whimsical in nature, they can also play a valuable role in clarifying the written word in much the same way as vocal inflections and/or facial expressions clarify the spoken word. Like most forum software, SMF provides a standard range of smiley images which can be added to posts by clicking the relevant icons or typing the relevant codes. A don't use smileys option is naturally also provided for those occasions when you don't want typed character combinations that would normally be displayed as smileys to be converted to the expected images!

A complete SMF Smileys Reference is provided below.

Tags and Nesting (for beginners)

Before listing the available BBC buttons and their purposes, let's see how they work by imagining that we want to post some text in bold type. While we can start by clicking the B (Bold) button and typing our text between the tags it produces, it's often more practical to type the text first, highlight it and then click the button. So typing 'text', highlighting it and clicking the 'B' button should produce '[b]text[/b]', which renders as text when posted or previewed. (NB This doesn't work in Opera, which inserts the tags at the end of the post.) Subsequently highlighting '[b]text[/b]' and clicking the I (Italicized) button will produce '[i][b]text[/b][/i]', which not only renders as text when posted or previewed but also introduces the concept of nesting, which means that each new set of tags in a case like this should be seen as a new 'box' containing both the original text and any tags already applied to it.

Note that the BBC tags can also be typed and edited direct instead of clicking the buttons.

Additional Options

The following options may appear by default in some forums but be contained within an expanding/collapsing panel (try clicking the link with the arrow below!) in others:

+ Additional Options...
 Notify me of replies.
 Return to this topic.
 Don't use smileys.

Allowed file types: txt, jpg, gif, pdf, mpg, png
Maximum attachment size allowed: 128 KB

shortcuts: hit alt+s to submit/post or alt+p to preview

Notify me of replies

Check this to subscribe to email notification for the topic.

Return to this topic

Check this to return to the topic (instead of the message index) after posting (NB you can also set this behavior as a preference in your profile).

Don't use smileys

Check this to prevent certain character combinations in your post from being parsed and rendered as smileys.


If enabled, this feature allows you to attach files to your posts in much the same way as most email clients, so you simply have to browse to the relevant file(s) on your computer before clicking Post. You can delete your attachment(s) or add more by modifying your post, but please note that:

  • The permitted file types and sizes are set by the forum administrator(s).
  • Although most forums are likely be configured to display attached images as part of the post, it's not possible to preview attachments so you should always browse to and attach your files just before you finally post your message.


SMF Bulletin Board Code

The buttons shown belong to the SMF default theme and may differ from forum to forum.

Tag Name Button Code Output Comments
Bold Bold [b]bold[/b] bold *
Italicized Italicized [i]italicized[/i] italicized *
Underline Underline [u]underline[/u] underline *
Strikethrough Strikethrough [s]strikethrough[/s] strikethrough *
Glow Glow [glow=red,2,50]glow[/glow]
The three attributes (eg red, 2, 50) in the 'glow' tag are color, strength and width respectively.
Shadow Shadow [shadow=red,left]
The two attributes (eg red, left) in the 'shadow' tag are color and direction respectively.
Marquee Marquee [move]move[/move] move Not valid XHTML, but can also be used for images!
Preformatted Text Preformatted Text [pre]Simple
Preserves critical text formatting, rendered in a monospace font.
Left Align Left Align [left]left align[/left]

left align

Centered Centered [center]centered[/center]
Right Align Right Align [right]right align[/right]

right align

Right-to-Left * [rtl]right to left![/rtl]
right to left!
Typical usage would be to post Arabic or Hebrew in an English document.
Left-to-Right * [ltr]left to right![/ltr]
left to right!
Typical usage would be to post English in an Arabic or Hebrew document.
Horizontal Rule Horizontal Rule [hr]
Font Size Font Size [size=10pt]font size[/size] font size *
Font Face Font Face [font=Verdana]font face[/font] font face Only fonts installed on the user's computer will be displayed, so use with caution!
Font Color [color=Red]red[/color] red Select the color from the drop-down.
Insert Flash Insert Flash [flash=200,200]
http://somesite/somefile.swf Please note that, if embedded Flash has been disabled by the forum administrator(s), the Flash file will appear as a straight hyperlink as shown here. The two attributes in the 'flash' tag (where relevant) are width and height respectively.
Insert Image Insert Image [img]
Type the width and height attributes to resize the image.
[img width=48 height=48]
Insert Hyperlink Insert Hyperlink [url]http://somesite/[/url] http://somesite/ NB the 'url' tag opens in a new window, but you can type 'iurl' tags to open in the same window.
descriptive link
descriptive link
Insert Email Insert Email [email]
someone@somesite *
Insert FTP Link Insert FTP Link [ftp]
ftp://somesite/somefile *
descriptive link
descriptive link
Insert Table Insert Table [table][/table] * No meaningful output from the 'table' tags alone.
Insert Table Row Insert Table Row [table][tr][/tr][/table] * No meaningful output from the 'table' and 'tr' tags alone.
Insert Table Column Insert Table Column [table][tr][td]
Note the correct nesting of the tags, so the 'table' tags contain the 'tr' tags, which each contain an equal number of 'td' tags!
SMF Bulletin
Board Code
Superscript Superscript [sup]superscript[/sup] superscript *
Subscript Subscript [sub]subscript[/sub] subscript *
Teletype Teletype [tt]teletype[/tt] teletype Monospace font.
Insert Code Insert Code [code]<?php phpinfo(); ?>[/code]
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
Always use to preserve formatting of code and avoid parsing as BBC and/or smileys!
Insert Quote Insert Quote [quote]quote[/quote]
Note the optional 'author' attribute.
[quote author=author]quote[/quote]
Quote from: author
Insert List Insert List [list]
[li]YaBB SE[/li]
  • SMF
  • YaBB SE
While you can add as many items as you wish, each item must be contained by the correct opening and closing tags. You can also style your list item bullets with special opening tags and no closing tags, but this option doesn't currently output valid XHTML.
  • circle
  • circle
  • circle
  • disc
  • disc
  • square
  • square
  • square
Abbreviation * [abbr=exemlpi gratia]eg[/abbr] eg Displays the full expression for the abbreviation on mouseover.
Acronym * [acronym=Simple Machines Forum]SMF[/acronym] SMF Displays the full expression for the acronym on mouseover.

SMF Smileys

The smileys shown here are the standard set from the SMF default theme and may differ from forum to forum.

Name Image (click to insert) Code (type to insert)
Smiley :)
Wink ;)
Cheesy :D
Grin ;D
Angry >:(
Sad :(
Shocked :o
Cool 8)
Huh ???
Roll Eyes ::)
Tongue :P
Embarrassed :-[
Lips Sealed :-X
Undecided :-\
Kiss :-*
Cry :'(

Please note that not all of the smiley codes will be correctly parsed and converted to images unless their opening spaces are present.

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One can think anything about David Icke, but in this interview I think he not only nails it, but also grabbed the entire reason of why this is happening... Its by purpose to destroy the entire economy.. Everything will go down, and after a reset (if we survive) this 1% can pick up everything, and...

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A meteoroid that grazed the night sky over Australia in 2017 took a very unusual path away from Earth.

Stratolaunch to launch hypersonic vehicles from world's biggest airplane

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Mind-reading AI turns thoughts into words using a brain implant

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If We Can Make Animals Smarter, Should We?

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'Dr. Strangelove Syndrome' actually exists

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The Brain Reshapes Our Senses

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'Virgin Mary Appears in Sky' in Argentina

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Could Drug Lord's Hippos Be Good For the Environment?

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Footballer posts video of 'crazy' UFO on Twitter

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Urns in Wuhan far exceed death toll, raising more questions about China’s tally

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Coyotes are being seen on the empty streets of San Francisco

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This engine could one day save us from planetary disaster

NASA and ESA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test will visit the Didymos asteroid system to test whether we can knock as asteroid off course.

NASA reveals the first images of its all-electric X-57 Maxwell plane

NASA has shared the first pictures showing its new all-electric X-57 Maxwell plane that will be quieter and up to 500 per cent more efficient than conventional aircraft.

The ibuprofen debate reveals the danger of COVID-19 rumors

An online furor over whether it’s safe to use the fever reducer reveals how people are sharing incomplete—and sometimes bad—information.

Neanderthals ate dolphins and seals, researchers reveal

More than 80,000 years ago, Neanderthals were eating a wide range of food from the sea, according to the latest research, even hunting dolphins and seals.

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How UFO Sightings Became an American Obsession

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A Weird X-Ray Signal Is Coming From Nearby Galaxies and Nobody Knows Why

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The Fantastic Underwater Discovery of Heracleion – Egypt's "Atlantis"

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Here be dragons: Analysis reveals new species in Smaug lizard group

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A Healing Spirit From 19th-Century Japan Is Back to Face COVID-19

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Distant 'quasar tsunamis' are ripping their own galaxies apart

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Winchester Mystery House offers free virtual tour

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UFO 'invasion' of NATO war games revealed in 'Project Blue Book' season finale

Multiple unidentified sightings interrupted the NATO exercise at sea.

The Ecological Mystery of a Stink Bug Swarm Far Out to Sea

The chance encounter has led to insights on how insects make it to distant islands.

Life on the Planet Mercury? ‘It’s Not Completely Nuts’

A new explanation for the rocky world’s jumbled landscape opens a possibility that it could have had ingredients for habitability.

Diamond samples in Canada reveal size of lost continent

Canadian scientists have discovered a fragment of an ancient continent, suggesting that it was 10% larger than previously thought.

Researchers Got People to Hallucinate from Fake Psychedelics

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Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils

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The equinox reveals one of the secrets of Egypt's iconic Sphinx

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Sudden Ancient Global Warming Event Traced to Magma Flood

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Superfast, Superpowerful Lasers Are About to Revolutionize Physics

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A (New) Look At John Titor’s Predictions

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Already-Existing Drugs Such As Remdesivir Might Help Treat COVID-19

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'Dead Sea Scrolls' at the Museum of the Bible are all forgeries

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Dinosaur 'stomping ground' on Scottish isle

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SpaceX to launch next 60 Starlink internet satellites Sunday

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China traces coronavirus to first confirmed case, nearly identifying 'patient zero'

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5G is safe and poses 'no health risks'

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Greenland and Antarctica ice loss accelerating

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'London patient' is second to be cured of HIV

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Satellite footage shows 'notable drop' in air pollution over Italy after coronavirus lockdown

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Our weird solar system gets weirder With 139 newly discovered minor planets

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Satellite images show Iran's mass graves for coronavirus victims

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Ancient Maya kingdom unearthed in a backyard in Mexico

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Something strange is going on with the North Star

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The people who stop breathing in their sleep

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Meet the Cryptids Haunting Ohio’s Imagination

A new exhibition pays homage to some of the Buckeye State’s beloved—and infamous—legends.

A Solar System of Fire and Ice

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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.

Marijuana use increases, shifts away from illegal market
A new article reports that, based on analysis of public wastewater samples in at least one Western Washington population center, cannabis use both increased and substantially shifted from the illicit market since retail sales began in 2014.

Gene linked to cannabis abuse
New research shows that a specific gene is associated with an increased risk of cannabis abuse. The gene is the source of a so-called nicotine receptor in the brain, and people with low amounts of this receptor have an increased risk of cannabis abuse.

Formation of habitual use drives cannabis addiction
A shift from brain systems controlling reward-driven use to habit-driven use differentiates heavy cannabis users who are addicted to the drug from users who aren't, according to a new study. The findings help explain how the brain becomes dependent on cannabis, and why not all cannabis users develop an addiction, even with long-term regular use.

Medical marijuana does not reduce opioid deaths
Legalizing medical marijuana does not reduce the rate of fatal opioid overdoses, according to researchers.

Cannabis use among older adults rising rapidly
Cannabis use among older adults is growing faster than any other age group but many report barriers to getting medical marijuana, a lack of communication with their doctors and a lingering stigma attached to the drug, according to researchers.

Genetic analysis of cannabis is here
Research could provide government regulators with powerful new tools for addressing a bevy of commercial claims and other concerns as non-medical marijuana, hemp and CBD products become more commonplace. The new analysis of the genetic and chemical characteristics of cannabis is believed to be the first thorough examination of its kind.

Vaping is linked to adolescents' propensity for crime, study shows
A new study explores emerging drug use in the form of adolescent vaping and its association with delinquency among 8th and 10th grade students.

Synthetic version of CBD treats seizures in rats
A synthetic, non-intoxicating analogue of cannabidiol (CBD) is effective in treating seizures in rats, according to research by chemists. The synthetic CBD alternative is easier to purify than a plant extract, eliminates the need to use agricultural land for hemp cultivation, and could avoid legal complications with cannabis-related products.

Growing up high: Neurobiological consequences of adolescent cannabis use
About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis. Neuroscientists have been researching the effects of cannabis on the adolescent brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, impulsivity control and motivation, and the research presented suggests cannabis could have long-lasting, but possibly reversible effects on these.

CBD clinical trial results on seizure frequency in dogs 'encouraging'
Scientists have found in a small study that 89 percent of dogs who received CBD in the clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures. Nine dogs were treated with CBD, while seven in a control group were treated with a placebo.

Legal marijuana reduces chronic pain, but increases injuries and car accidents
The legalization of recreational marijuana is associated with an increase in its abuse, injury due to overdoses, and car accidents, but does not significantly change health care use overall, according to a new study.

Health professionals wary of medicinal cannabis misuse and adverse effects
An analysis of published studies gauging attitudes to medicinal cannabis has found that while health professionals are broadly supportive, they feel they lack clinical and legislative knowledge, and their greatest concerns are the psychiatric harm that may be caused to patients and misuse by recreational drug users.

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