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More Pets Being Poisoned by Pot, New Study Finds

More pets, especially dogs, are inadvertently ingesting cannabis products and becoming ill, researchers say.

Marijuana Edibles Packaged Like Popular Snack Foods Pose Danger, Study Warns

Researchers find nearly 1 out of 10 marijuana edibles use the exact or similar branding as common snack products, including candy and chips.

Pot May Decrease Pain and Opioid Use in Patients with Knee and Back Issues

People with knee and back problems who used medical marijuana needed fewer opioid pain relievers and report better daily function, researchers say.

Why Are More Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women Using Pot?

More pregnant women are using marijuana to help manage symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and insomnia, researchers say.

New Saliva Test Detects Pot Use in Minutes, Scientists Say

A new saliva test accurately detects THC within 5 minutes, according to a new study

Recent Pot Use Tied to Heart Attacks in Young Adults

Consuming marijuana through smoking, vaping or edibles increases the risk of heart attack in adults younger than 45, researchers say.

Kids Exposed to Secondhand Pot Smoke Get More Colds and Flu, Study Finds

Children whose parents regularly smoke or vape pot suffer more viral respiratory infections, researchers say.

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20 May
Big Rise in Marijuana Vaping Among U.S. Teens

Big Rise in Marijuana Vaping Among U.S. Teens

FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of U.S. teenagers are vaping marijuana -- a habit that in some ways may be more risky than old-fashioned pot smoking, a new study finds.

Researchers found that between 2017 and 2019, the percent...

20 Apr
More Pets Being Poisoned by Cannabis

More Pets Being Poisoned by Cannabis

With marijuana now legal in many U.S. states, some veterinarians are seeing more cases of cannabis poisoning in dogs and other pets, according to a new survey.

The poll, of 251 vets in Canada and the United States, found that those incidents usually end well: Most animal...

20 Apr
When Pot Is Legal, Prescriptions for Pain, Depression, Anxiety and Sleep Drop: Study

When Pot Is Legal, Prescriptions for Pain, Depression, Anxiety and Sleep Drop: Study

When people have legal access to marijuana, they're less likely to take certain prescription drugs, new research suggests.

U.S. states where recreational marijuana is legal have seen large drops in the use of prescription drugs for pain, depression, anxiety, sleep, psych...

19 Apr
Some Pot Edibles Mimic Candy, Raising Dangers for Kids

Some Pot Edibles Mimic Candy, Raising Dangers for Kids

Marijuana edibles that mimic the packaging of popular snack foods pose a risk to children, a new study warns.

Researchers looked at the packaging of more than 200 types of edibl...

14 Apr
1 in 5 Medicare Patients Use Medical Marijuana: Survey

1 in 5 Medicare Patients Use Medical Marijuana: Survey

One in five Medicare recipients use medical marijuana and two-thirds say it should be covered by Medicare, a new survey reveals.

Medical marijuana is legal in 37 states, four...

31 Mar
Bong Use at Home Quickly Fills Air With Toxins

Bong Use at Home Quickly Fills Air With Toxins

Smoking pot through a bong doesn't protect the nonsmokers in the room from the dangers of secondhand smoke, a new study warns.

Bongs have been touted as a safe way to protect nonsmokers from secondhand marijuana smoke. But it can expose them to extremely high concentrati...

22 Mar
Arthritis? Back Pain? Medical Pot May Help You Avoid Opioid Painkillers

Arthritis? Back Pain? Medical Pot May Help You Avoid Opioid Painkillers

Medical marijuana could be a viable alternative to opioid painkillers for people dealing with arthritis or chronic back pain, two new studies show.

Many patients prescr...

18 Mar
Medical Marijuana Rx Ups Odds for Overuse, With No Benefit to Health: Study

Medical Marijuana Rx Ups Odds for Overuse, With No Benefit to Health: Study

Using medical marijuana to treat pain, anxiety or depression may quickly lead to dependence, without relieving symptoms, a new study suggests.

Those most at risk for misusing medical ma...

21 Feb
Poll Finds Most Parents Would Use CBD to Treat a Child — Is That Wise?

Poll Finds Most Parents Would Use CBD to Treat a Child — Is That Wise?

Cannabidiol (CBD) products are wildly popular among older adults for treating chronic pain and anxiety, and a new poll suggests that nearly three-quarters of U.S. parents think CBD might also be a good option for their kids when other meds don't work.

On the other hand, ...

14 Feb
Kids' Poisonings Rise as More Parents Bring Pot Edibles Home

Kids' Poisonings Rise as More Parents Bring Pot Edibles Home

Edibles. In adults, they can be used recreationally or to help manage pain, nausea and anxiety. But these THC-loaded products, often sold as gummies, cookies and brownies, have fueled a four-year increase in the number of emergency calls for young children who mistakenly think...

08 Feb
Many Who Use Both Pot & Booze Say They've Driven Intoxicated

Many Who Use Both Pot & Booze Say They've Driven Intoxicated

Among U.S. drivers who use both alcohol and pot, over 40% say they've driven under the influence, a new study finds.

"Alcohol and cannabis are two of the most common substances involved in impaired driving and motor vehicle crashes in the U.S.," said study author Priscil...

03 Feb
Young Pot Smokers May Be at Higher Odds for Repeat Strokes

Young Pot Smokers May Be at Higher Odds for Repeat Strokes

Young adult pot smokers who've suffered a stroke are more likely to have another stroke if they keep toking, a new study finds.

Research has already linked heavy cannabis use with an in...

01 Feb
More Evidence Pot Use in Pregnancy Is Bad for Baby

More Evidence Pot Use in Pregnancy Is Bad for Baby

So, you're pregnant and battling nausea every day. What harm could come from smoking a joint to settle your stomach?

Plenty, according to a new study that suggests women who use pot while expe...

01 Feb
People High on Pot Used a Driving Simulator. Here's What Happened

People High on Pot Used a Driving Simulator. Here's What Happened

You smoked a joint an hour and a half ago. Now it's worn off enough that you feel fine to get behind the wheel.

But you're fooling yourself, a new study says. You're likely about to drive under the

31 Jan
Driving Both High and Drunk More Dangerous Than Either Alone: Study

Driving Both High and Drunk More Dangerous Than Either Alone: Study

The hazards of drunken driving are well known, and a new research review shows that adding pot to the mix only makes matters worse.

The analysis of 57 past studies found that the

24 Jan
Can CBD Help Curb COVID? Maybe, But More Study Needed

Can CBD Help Curb COVID? Maybe, But More Study Needed

Cannabidiol, a compound derived from marijuana, appears to show promise in blocking replication of the COVID-19 virus and preventing its spread, lab and animal studies show.

17 Jan
CBD and Cannabis Products for Acne, Psoriasis? Buyer Beware, Dermatologists Say

CBD and Cannabis Products for Acne, Psoriasis? Buyer Beware, Dermatologists Say

Growing numbers of folks are turning to CBD or cannabis products to treat skin conditions like acne or rosacea, but researchers warn that the science on their safety and power hasn't kept up with demand.

When more than 500 adults were asked about their use of CBD (cannab...

13 Jan
More Folks Drive High When Pot Made Legal: Study

More Folks Drive High When Pot Made Legal: Study

Here's more evidence that marijuana may make driving more dangerous: As pot has been legalized in more countries and states, a greater number of people are driving intoxicated by the drug and crashing, researchers report.

THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, has been ...

07 Jan
Pot Use Raises Risks After Severe Form of Stroke

Pot Use Raises Risks After Severe Form of Stroke

If you have any risk factors for stroke and you like to smoke pot, a new study suggests you should stop toking.

Researchers found that people with an aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, a rare, severe type of

20 Dec
Why Are More Women Using Pot, Other Cannabis Products During Pregnancy?

Why Are More Women Using Pot, Other Cannabis Products During Pregnancy?

A growing number of pregnant women are using marijuana or other cannabis products, and a new study suggests that relief of symptoms such as morning sickness may be a primary reason.

In recent years, studies have documented

16 Dec
Weed May Mess With Your Medicines, Causing Harm

Weed May Mess With Your Medicines, Causing Harm

Many people turn to marijuana or cannabidiol to ease their achy joints and help them sleep, but a new study suggests that could wreak havoc with any other medications they're taking.

Why? Because the body uses the same set of enzymes to process them all, scientists repor...

16 Dec
Pandemic Saw Big Declines in Kids' Use of Drugs, Alcohol, Vaping

Pandemic Saw Big Declines in Kids' Use of Drugs, Alcohol, Vaping

There may be a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, with U.S. health officials reporting an "unprecedented" decline in teens' use of alcohol, marijuana, other illegal drugs and vaping.

"We have never seen such dramatic decreases in drug use among teens in just a one-y...

15 Dec
Medical Marijuana May Help Ease Severe Epilepsy in Kids: Study

Medical Marijuana May Help Ease Severe Epilepsy in Kids: Study

Kids with severe epilepsy may take multiple medications and follow special diets, yet still suffer seizures. Now a small study suggests medical marijuana may sometimes help when other therapies fail.

British researchers found that medical pot slashed seizures by almost 9...

07 Dec
Marijuana Can Really Mess With Your Sleep, Study Suggests

Marijuana Can Really Mess With Your Sleep, Study Suggests

Many folks turn to pot to help them relax and get a good night's sleep, but new research finds the practice may do the exact opposite.

"I think [the results] were somewhat surprising because, in our mind, anecdotally cannabis seems to help with sleep, but … the evidenc...

16 Nov
Pot Use in Pregnancy May Harm the Fetus

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 be...

29 Oct
Attorneys General Warn About Pot Products That Look Like Halloween Treats

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

26 Oct
Number of Teens Who Vape Marijuana Doubled in 7 Years

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 re...

22 Oct
Scientists Develop Quick Test for Marijuana Use

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 tetrahydrocannab...

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

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...

08 Oct
Stimulants Like Ritalin May Be Gateway Drugs for College Students

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 s...

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

'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...

30 Sep
Smoking, Drinking Gateway to Pot, Study Finds

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 re...

29 Sep
Pot Use by Pregnant Women Rose During Pandemic: Study

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 c...

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

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, whi...

22 Sep
More Women Turning to Marijuana Products to Help With Menopause

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...

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

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...

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

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 challen...

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

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.

...

24 Aug
No Change in Adolescent Drug, Alcohol Use During Pandemic

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 r...

13 Aug
Cancer Patients Avoiding Pot, Even as Rules on Use Relax

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 bet...

02 Aug
Parents' Pot Smoking Means More Colds, Flu for Kids

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 v...

27 Jul
Could Heavy Marijuana Use Be Driving Rise in Schizophrenia Cases?

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 s...

22 Jul
Drug Makers Reach $26 Billion Deal on Opioid Lawsuits

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,...

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

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, accordin...

22 Jun
Marijuana Use Tied to Higher Odds for Thoughts of Suicide

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 atte...

17 Jun
Pot Use May Change the Teenage Brain, MRIs Show

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...

25 May
More Pot-Linked Poisoning Cases as Edibles' Popularity Booms

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, resea...

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

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 med...

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

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 ...

26 Apr
Too Much Pot During Pregnancy May Endanger Baby's Health

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...

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