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People who use medical marijuana more likely to use and misuse other prescription drugs: Can medical marijuana help to fight the opioid epidemic? Many believe that it can. But a new study finds that people who use medical marijuana actually have higher rates of medical and non-medical prescription drug use -- including pain relievers.
Position statement: Avoid using medical marijuana to treat sleep apnea: Medical cannabis and synthetic marijuana extracts should not be used for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, according to a position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Medical marijuana gets wary welcome from older adults, poll shows: Few older adults use medical marijuana, a new national poll finds, but the majority support its use if a doctor recommends it, and might talk to their own doctor about it if they developed a serious health condition. And two-thirds say the government should do more to study the drug's health effects.
Legalized medical cannabis lowers opioid use, study finds: U.S. states that have approved medical cannabis laws saw a dramatic reduction in opioid use, according to a new study.
Relationship between legal cannabis and opioid prescribing examined: Alternative methods of pain management have been a topic of discussion as the United States grapples with the opioid and heroin epidemic. New research finds that medical and adult-use cannabis laws were associated with lower opioid prescribing rates.
Marijuana may lead non-smokers to cigarettes: While cigarette smoking is declining, marijuana use is rising and, disproportionately, marijuana users also smoke cigarettes. Our new study reports that cannabis use was associated with an increased initiation of cigarette smoking among non-cigarette smokers, and that adults who smoke cigarettes and use cannabis are less likely to quit smoking cigarettes than those who do not use cannabis. Former smokers who use cannabis are also more likely to relapse to cigarette smoking.
Non-psychoactive cannabis ingredient could help addicts stay clean: A preclinical study in rats has shown that there might be value in using a non-psychoactive and non-addictive ingredient of the Cannabis sativa plant to reduce the risk of relapse among recovering drug and alcohol addicts. The study's findings inform the ongoing debate about the possible medical benefits of non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
Millions of Americans seek and find illicit marijuana online: Researchers found marijuana shopping searches nearly tripled in the United States from 2005 to 2017, peaking between 1.4 and 2.4 million searches each month. Mail-order marijuana retailers occupied half of the first-page results, and three out of every four searches resulted in a mail-order marijuana retailer as the very first suggested link.
Coffee affects cannabis and steroid systems: Coffee affects your metabolism in dozens of other ways besides waking you up, including your metabolism of neurotransmitters typically linked to cannabis, a study reports. The neurotransmitters related to the endocannabinoid system -- the same ones affected by cannabis -- decreased after drinking four to eight cups of coffee in a day. That's the opposite of what occurs after someone uses cannabis. The study also gives possible insight in the cause of munchies. Coffee may also increase the elimination of steroids.
Smoking heightens risk of psychoses: Smoking at least ten cigarettes a day is linked to a higher risk of psychoses compared to non-smoking young people. The risk is also raised if the smoking starts before the age of 13.
How does resolving cannabis problems differ from problems with alcohol or other drugs?: Individuals who report having resolved a problem with cannabis use appear to have done so at younger ages than those who resolved problems with alcohol or other drugs and were less likely to use any formal sources of assistance or support, report investigators.