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Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoids

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:29:09 EDT
Source: Science Daily

Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoids: Chemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in marijuana and also are produced naturally in the body from omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known cannabinoid in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for some of its euphoric effects, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. A new study in animal tissue reveals the cascade of chemical reactions that convert omega-3 fatty acids into cannabinoids that have anti-inflammatory benefits - but without the psychotropic high.

Depression among young teens linked to cannabis use at 18

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:10:31 EDT
Source: Science Daily

Depression among young teens linked to cannabis use at 18: Young people with chronic or severe forms of depression were at elevated risk for developing a problem with cannabis in later adolescence, found a study looking at the cumulative effects of depression in youth.

Scientists lay the groundwork for a reliable marijuana breathalyzer

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:31:52 EDT
Source: Science Daily

Scientists lay the groundwork for a reliable marijuana breathalyzer: An important step has been taken toward a reliable marijuana breathalyzer by measuring the vapor pressure of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) -- a measurement that, due to the compound's chemical structure, is very difficult and has not been accomplished before.

Marijuana and vulnerability to psychosis

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 10:40:42 EDT
Source: Science Daily

Marijuana and vulnerability to psychosis: The link between marijuana use and psychotic-like experiences has been confirmed in a Canadian adolescent cohort.

Legal cannabis laws impact teen use

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:53:16 EDT
Source: Science Daily

Legal cannabis laws impact teen use: A new study has found that adolescents living in medical marijuana states with a plethora of dispensaries are more likely to have tried new methods of cannabis use, such as edibles and vaping, at a younger age than those living in states with fewer dispensaries.

Rates of marijuana use, heavy use, and cannabis use disorder depend on where you live

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:32:50 EDT
Source: Science Daily

Rates of marijuana use, heavy use, and cannabis use disorder depend on where you live: Adult marijuana use rose significantly in states that passed loosely regulated medical marijuana laws (MMLs) according to a new study. The highest increases were reported among adults ages 26 and over. Little change was found in past-month marijuana use among adolescents or young adults between the ages 18 and 25.

Marijuana use among college students on rise following Oregon legalization, study finds

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:05:10 EDT
Source: Science Daily

Marijuana use among college students on rise following Oregon legalization, study finds: College students attending an Oregon university are using more marijuana now that the drug is legal for recreational use, but the increase is largely among students who also report recent heavy use of alcohol, a new study has found.

Mixing booze, pot is a serious threat to traffic safety

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:55:06 EDT
Source: Science Daily

Mixing booze, pot is a serious threat to traffic safety: Use of marijuana in combination with alcohol by drivers is especially dangerous, according to a study. Drivers who used alcohol, marijuana, or both were significantly more likely to be responsible for causing fatal two-vehicle crashes compared to drivers who were involved in the same crashes but used neither of the substances.