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Research finds link between marijuana use and testicular cancer

11/8/17--New research from Northern Medical Program Professor Dr. Russ Callaghan has found that use of marijuana is associated with the development of testicular cancer. As part of a retrospective study, Dr. Callaghan and his team looked at data from young men conscripted for military service in Sweden in 1969 and 1970, and tracked their health conditions over the following 42 years. They found that heavy cannabis use (defined as more than 50 times in a lifetime, as measured at conscription) was associated with a 2.5-fold increased risk of developing testicular cancer. Read

Cannabis use and incidence of testicular cancer

11/1/17--Given current drug policy reforms to decriminalize or legalize cannabis in numerous countries worldwide, the current study assesses the relation between cannabis use and the development of testicular cancer. Read

Synthetic cannabis-like drug reduces sleep apnea

11/28/17--A synthetic cannabis-like drug in a pill was safe and effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea in the first large multi-site study of a drug for apnea funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study was conducted at Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Read

New Poll Shows Americans Consider Texting More Dangerous Than Marijuana While Driving

11/28/17--A new survey conducted by Harris Poll reveals ninety-one percent of Americans believe driving while under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. However, just 40 percent of respondents believe driving while high is a contributing factor to more motor vehicle accidents. Despite marijuana's effect on a person's motor functions, more Americans think using social media and texting while driving is more dangerous than driving under the influence of marijuana. Read

DEA finalizing Schedule II status for synthetic THC drug Syndros

11/21/17--The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is expected to finalize the previously suggested Schedule II status for Syndros, the FDA-approved liquid dronabinol drug developed by Insys Therapeutics, the Chandler, Ariz.-based pharmaceutical company that last year donated to a campaign opposing marijuana legalization and last month saw its founder arrested on fraud and racketeering charges. Read

Does medical marijuana really work? The truth behind the buzz.

11/21/17--More research is needed to determine if medical marijuana really works. However, there is a possibility that more research may not provide all of the highly sought-after answers. Some—or maybe all—of the benefits found in randomized controlled trials of marijuana could be nothing more the product of expectations and the placebo effect. It may not work as well as studies suggest. In fact, it may not work at all. Read

National 2016 Fatal Crash Data shows marijuana involvement at 18%, drug at 40%, and DUI at 27%

11/21/17--For drivers tested in the last 5 years, drug involvement is up 173%, and marijuana is up 95%. According Phillip Drum, coauthor of the report, the large increase of marijuana found in fatal crashes, from 9.3% in 2011 to 18.2% in 2016, shows an awful trend that suggests that soon the marijuana fatal crash percentage will be higher than alcohol, if it is not already in some states.” Read

Study: Nearly 70% of online CBD marijuana extracts tested were mislabeled

11/7/17--According to a study of 84 CBD products sold by 31 companies online, blind testing found that only about 31 percent of them contained the amount of CBD listed on the label (within +/- 10 percent). Some of the products contained other components of marijuana that were not listed on the label, including Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabibolic acid (THC), the psychoactive component of marijuana that does generate an intoxicating high. Read

After eight years of decline, overdose mortality among teens is increasing

11/13/17--Between 1999 and 2007, the mortality rate from drug overdose more than doubled among 15-19- year-olds. Then, for reasons not well-understood, the mortality rate declined by 26% by 2014, but primarily among males. Since then, mortality from overdose has increased dramatically, especially among adolescents using opioids, especially heroin. Further analysis of these data reveals that 21.9% of the fatalities among 15-19- year-old females were due to suicide, compared to only 8.7% for males. Read

Budweiser’s ex-marketing chief sees cannabis as the new craft beer

11/13/17--Chris Burggraeve, former chief marketing officer for Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the brewer of Budweiser beer, is moving from barley and hops to cannabis as the alcohol industry casts its sights on the burgeoning market for state-sanctioned marijuana. The former beer executive is one of many entrepreneurs and investors increasingly flocking to the cannabis industry from the traditional business world. Read

Open letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions

1/22/18--Paula Gordon Ph.D. submitted an open letter to Stop Pot, a non-partisan grassroots campaign started by citizens concerned about the damaging health effects, both physical and mental, of marijuana. Gordon thanked readers for rescinding the Cole Memorandum in addition to holding the marijuana industry accountable for the harms they have caused and that they are causing to public health and safety. Read

How Big Alcohol learned to stop worrying and love marijuana

11/7/17--Seemingly, businesses involved in the manufacture and sale of beer now also have a stake in the marijuana industry, following a longstanding booze industry bias against marijuana. "Big Alcohol" knows a huge opportunity when it sees it, and like a beer company scooping up other beer companies—or makers of wine or liquor—it’s a smart business move. Read

Marijuana and alcohol negatively impact lifetime achievement in young adults

10/31/17--UConn Health examined the effects of marijuana use and dependence on life achievement in young adults. Research found that young adults dependent on marijuana and alcohol were less likely to achieve adult life goals, defined by the study as educational achievement, full-time employment, marriage, and social economic potential. Research also revealed that dependence may have a more severe effect on young men. Read

Teens who drank or smoked marijuana heavily are less likely to marry, go to college, or work full time

11/5/17--Young adults dependent on marijuana and alcohol are less likely to achieve adult life goals, according to new research by UConn Health scientists. They examined data from the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA) to track the effect teenage alcohol and marijuana use has on the achievement of life goals, defined as educational achievement, full time employment, marriage, and social economic potential. The researchers also found that dependence may have a more severe effect on young men. Read

Medical Marijuana, Inc. announces prominent coverage on Mexican news station about benefits of CBD and Global CBD Policy

11/2/17--During a recent interview on Azteca TV Mexico, Raúl Elizalde, General Manager of subsidiary HempMeds® Mexico, explained that the World Health Organization will address cannabidiol along with a list of other substances that they are analyzing to know if they need to be updated and scheduled as psychoactive substances. Read

Jeff Sessions’s endless war on marijuana

1/7/18--Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a new guidance last week, which reverses Obama-era policy and gives prosecutors more leeway to enforce federal laws against the drug in states where it is legal. Sessions has been on a lifelong crusade against the plant, which he considers the root of many of society’s ills. The new policy is deeply unpopular, and many of its harshest critics are members of the president’s own party, who expressed outrage at the reversal of Mr. Trump’s campaign promise to leave the matter to the states. Read

Scott Adams warns Donald Trump on marijuana: ‘I’m gonna turn on this president’

1/5/18-- Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams warned President Donald Trump not to stop states from legalizing marijuana, warning: "I'm going turn on this president faster than anyone has ever turned on him." Adams cast the issue as one relating to the welfare of veterans– many of whom, he said, relied on marijuana to relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He also recounted how using marijuana had helped him overcome suicidal thoughts in college, and had relieved him of stomach pain he had suffered with since childhood. Read

Poll: Marijuana research widely supported among veterans

11/2/17--Most veteran households, regardless of state, age or political affiliation, support researching and legalizing medical marijuana, according to a poll commissioned by the American Legion. It included a sample of 513 veterans and 289 family members across 39 states. The poll, with a margin of error of 3.45 percentage points, found 92 percent of veterans support research into medical cannabis as well as 93 percent of veteran caregivers. Read

Marijuana farming is harming the environment, study shows

11/1/17--Marijuana farming in remote locations is hurting the environment, new research shows. When researchers analyzed the ecological consequences of marijuana farming in Northern California, they were surprised by the outsized impact of small farms. Read

Ithaca College professor finds cannabis cultivation hurts environment

10/31/17--According to a new study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and co-authored by Jake Brenner, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Ithaca College, planting cannabis for commercial production in remote locations is creating forest fragmentation, stream modification, soil erosion, and landslides. Without land-use policies to limit its environmental footprint, the impacts of cannabis farming could get worse. Read

FDA warns companies against claims that marijuana cures diseases

11/1/17--Four companies  — Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises, Green Roads of Florida, That’s Natural, and Natural Alchemist — each sell products that falsely claim to cure cancer, Alzheimer’s disease or other illnesses, according to the FDA. They have been warned by the agency to stop pitching their products as cures for cancer, a common but unproven claim in the industry. The companies sell CBD in a wide range products on their websites featuring endorsements from people who claim that they or their loved ones have been miraculously cured of terminal diseases and other illnesses. Read

Pot doesn’t cure cancer and stop saying it does, FDA says

11/2/17--Marijuana doesn’t cure cancer, and it doesn’t somehow explode tumor cells and it doesn’t promote the growth of new brain cells, the Food and Drug Administration stated. The FDA warned four companies to stop making these unproven claims and to stop selling cannabis-based hemp and marijuana products that claim to treat cancer or any other medical condition. Read

FDA sends warning letters to CBD companies, including Colorado’s CW Hemp

11/1/17--The Colorado company known for the “Charlotte’s Web” cannabidiol extract and three other businesses that make CBD products were put on notice by the FDA for illegally making unsubstantiated health claims. In a statement, FDA officials said they’ve becoming increasingly concerned about the “proliferation” of products that claim to treat or cure diseases such as cancer. Read

Anxiety ‘huge risk factor’ for cannabis use disorder

10/25/17--Researchers from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, explore the risk profiles of problematic cannabis users. They aimed to shift the focus from teenage marijuana use to that of adults, investigating the risk factors behind problematic marijuana use in early adulthood. Read

Scammers used my article and Montel’s name to hock ‘CBD’

10/29/17--A lawsuit is being filed on behalf of former TV host Montel Williams and Montel Williams Enterprises, Inc. over the misuse of his name and reputation in what is likely the first such case for the cannabis industry. Filed with the U.S. District Court in Miami, the complaint alleges that at least three companies linked to Timothy K. Isaac of Scottsdale, Arizona have intentionally and “blatantly” been using Williams’ reputation as a celebrity and CBD proponent following a Forbes article, as well as comments he made therein and elsewhere, to sell “purported CBD oils” through numerous websites as part of multiple “unscrupulous businesses online scams that are deceiving customers.” Read

Former commissioner David Stern wants NBA to get rid of marijuana ban

10/26/17--Former commissioner David Stern believes that the NBA should remove marijuana from its banned substances list and treat it the same as states. “I’m now at the point where, personally, I think (marijuana) probably should be removed from the ban list,” Stern said. “I think there is universal agreement that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal.” Read

Talk show host Hugh Hewitt lobbies Jeff Sessions to pursue federal marijuana crackdown

10/26/17--Radio personality Hugh Hewitt lobbied U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for a federal crackdown on legal marijuana businesses during a 14-minute interview. Hewitt asked Sessions pointed questions about marijuana enforcement, and probed him about specific methods to prosecute businesses in states that have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. Read

These states will probably vote on marijuana in 2018

10/26/17--In 2018, voters in a number of several states are likely to see cannabis questions when they go to their polling places. An article published in Marijuana Moment presents an in-depth look at those states that have the best chance of qualifying marijuana initiatives, followed by some brief information on a few that seem like longer shots. Read

Researchers use a compound with a novel mechanism to treat pain in mice without tolerance or physical dependence

10/25/17--A pre-clinical study led by Indiana University scientists reports a promising step forward in the search for pain relief methods without the addictive side effects behind the country's current opioid addiction crisis. The research, which appears in the journal Biological Psychiatry, finds that the use of compounds called positive allosteric modulators, or PAMs, enhances the effect of pain-relief chemicals naturally produced by the body in response to stress or injury. Read

Large declines seen in teen substance abuse, delinquency

10/25/17--In recent years, teens have become far less likely to abuse alcohol, nicotine, and illicit drugs, according to researchersat Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Teens also are less likely to engage in behaviors like fighting and stealing, and the researchers believe the declines in substance use and delinquency are connected. The drop in substance abuse among teens parallels findings in other recent surveys, but until now no one has looked at how the drop-off may be linked to other behavioral issues. Read

Medical marijuana won’t help most sick kids

10/23/17--A new review suggests that medical marijuana appears to hold only limited promise for sick children and teenagers, and according to study author Dr. Shane Shucheng Wong there's not enough evidence to say that medical marijuana can specifically help kids with medical conditions, such as neuropathic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or Tourette's syndrome. Even though there seem to be some good uses for medical pot, doctors and families need to weigh potential negative effects in treating children and teens with marijuana, Wong noted. Read

Marijuana can help children with seizures, cancer nausea

10/23/17--According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, medical marijuana is effective in treating seizures and chemotherapy-induced nausea in young patients. Researchers conducted a meta-analysis, looking at 22 relevant studies on the use of medical cannabis on children and adolescents to reach this conclusion. Some advocates have hailed these results as further proof of the effectiveness of medical marijuana, particularly in cases where children haven’t responded to other traditional treatments. Read

Here are a few marijuana tech gadgets for your home and kitchen

10/23/17--According to a poll conducted by LendEDU, cannabis consumers spend an average of more than $110 per month on marijuana, and they buy more than six pot-related products each month. Digital Trends reveals some of the marijuana gadgets typically seen in a kitchen that cannabis users creatively use. Read

A quarter of problematic pot users have anxiety disorders, many since childhood

10/24/17--According to new data from Duke Health researchers, about a quarter of adults whose marijuana use is problematic in early adulthood have anxiety disorders in childhood and late adolescence. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, also shed light on an estimated 4 percent of adults who endured childhood maltreatment and peer bullying without resorting to chronic marijuana abuse, only to develop problems with the drug between the ages of 26 and 30. Read

Strongest evidence supports use to reduce seizures, side effects of chemotherapy

10/23/17--A systematic review of published studies on the use of medical cannabis in children and adolescents finds a notable lack of studies and a minimal number of the randomized, controlled trials needed to confirm the effectiveness of a treatment. In their paper published in the journal Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators Shane Shucheng Wong, MD, and Timothy Wilens, MD report that their review suggests only two pediatric uses of medical cannabis. One is to relieve chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and the other is to reduce seizures. Both are supported by existing studies. Read

You could make $70,000 right out of college with a degree in marijuana studies

10/21/17--The University of Northern Michigan is offering a new degree this year: medicinal plant chemistry. According to Brandon Canfield, the associate professor of analytical chemistry who started the program, all of the graduates are going to be qualified to be analysts in a lab setting, and that could lead to a position that pays $70,000 right out of school. Read

Why dangerously potent pot is making people lose their minds and memories

10/19/17--A new study, published by Manchester Metropolitan University in the U.K., reports high-potency pot is causing psychiatric issues, including addiction and memory problems. New strains of the recreational drug have higher levels of the active chemical and not enough of another compound that keeps the drug safe. Apparently, the riskiest pot is coming from the black market, which could be an argument for expanding legalization. Read

Martha Stewart’s transformation from home guru to Snoop’s weed-joke homie

10/19/17--According an article published in The Cannabist, the transformation of Martha Stewart has culminated in “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” her cooking-show-meets-stoner-buddy-comedy. Her show with Snoop is a very particular cultural exchange between two people of seemingly disparate backgrounds who are genuinely friends. Even though it would seem the ultimate culmination of both personal brands, Snoop and Martha have no plans to launch a merchandising spinoff of their show: a line of gourmet cannabis edibles. Read

Meet the CEO building a marijuana business news empire

10/16/17--Cassandra Farrington, CEO and co-founder of a brand new marijuana trade newsletter, Marijuana Business Daily, a.k.a., MJBiz Daily, and its mega trade conference, MJBiz Conference and Expo, which was named to Trade Show Executive’s “Fastest 50″ the last two years. With 843% overall growth across its verticals in 2016, MJBiz Daily won accolades as a top media company by Inc., landing on its Inc 5000 list. Farrington says she never dreamed she would be running a company, let alone one in the marijuana industry. Read

Here’s an important reason why you should never, ever smoke pot and drive

10/12/17--Over a 10-year period, the percentage of total auto fatalities where drivers tested positive for pot increased from 6 percent to just over 20 percent. A past study published in Clinical Chemistry found that marijuana can interfere with driving, and increase chances of risky behaviors like lane weaving, steering issues, and late braking. It can also trigger changes in mental processing, which can make driving problematic. Read

He ate marijuana candy and got on a flight. And then the trouble began

10/12/17--The temptation of legal marijuana was too great for Joseph Hudek IV, who found himself sitting in a federal detention center after a mid-air altercation on a flight from Seattle to Beijing. Hudek, 24, consumed candy containing marijuana just before boarding his flight, and an hour after takeoff he became volatile. Hudek has been charged with interfering with a flight crew and four counts of assault and, if convicted, could face anywhere between 20 years to life in prison. Read

Smoking marijuana and driving: 33% of teens think it’s legal. Some think it isn’t dangerous

10/12/17--According to a new study, 88% of teens think driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous, while just 68% said driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. Equally disturbing, 39% of people in states where marijuana is legal said they feel comfortable getting in the driver’s seat within two hours of smoking or consuming marijuana, according to a study of 600 residents by used car dealer Instamotor. Marijuana can stay in a person's system for days to weeks, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Read

As towns ban pot, states withhold legalization’s profits

10/13/17--Some states believe that if a municipality bans pot they should not reap the financial benefits of it being legal. By withholding revenue, states are hoping cities will abandon their bans, but it’s unclear whether the approach will work. Read

Don’t let Sessions turn back the clock on medical marijuana

10/12/17--U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is urging Congress to make medical marijuana programs illegal in Maryland and the 30 other jurisdictions that have approved legislation shielding use of the drug for medicinal purposes from criminal prosecution. According to an op-ed published in The Baltimore Sun, Sessions' impulse to revive discredited policies of the past is part of a more general backward-looking understanding of his office, which he sees as an instrument for rolling back the progressive reforms of his predecessors. Read

Banking still a hurdle for marijuana entrepreneurs

10/15/17--Despite medical legalization in multiple states, the federal government still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug. Since most financial institutions are federally insured and operate under federal regulations, marijuana industry professionals say managers want nothing to do with a federally illegal drug, no matter what local authorities have ruled. And, even with an account, many banks won’t give loans or lines of credit to marijuana businesses. With established businesses, that can affect expansion. Read

5 states angling to put recreational marijuana on the ballot in 2018

10/14/17--As mid-term elections in 2018 approach, The Motley Fool examines five states that already have one, or in some cases far more than one, initiative or amendment lined up to legalize marijuana for adult use. These states include Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, and Nebraska. Read

The drug industry’s triumph over the DEA

10/15/17--A handful of members of Congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills. The DEA had opposed the effort for years. The law was the crowning achievement of a multifaceted campaign by the drug industry to weaken aggressive DEA enforcement efforts against drug distribution companies that were supplying corrupt doctors and pharmacists who peddled narcotics to the black market. Read

Rep. Earl Blumenauer testifies that medical marijuana could solve opioid crisis

10/11/17--In response to Congress failing to recognize that medical marijuana may be a simple and effective solution to the opioid epidemic, Oregon Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer made remarks in a testimony before a U.S. House Subcommittee on Health hearing on proposals for ending the crisis. Blumenauer demanding an end to the federal government’s “stranglehold” on medical cannabis research. He called on Congress to pass the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017, which would enable “robust” research to resolve the lingering questions surrounding the efficacy of medical marijuana. Read

Ten steps the federal government should take now to reverse the opioid addiction epidemic

10/24/17--According to an article published in The JAMA Network, the United States is in the midst of the worst drug addiction epidemic in its history, and there are no simple solutions to ending this epidemic. Effective programs need to address 2 separate priorities: (1) prevention of addiction among people not currently addicted, and (2) treatment and risk reduction to prevent overdose and death among the millions of individuals in the United States now addicted. In this Viewpoint, 10 steps are suggested to accelerate progress; national declarations, state-specific emergency declarations, or both could potentially facilitate implementation of these steps. Read

How a 12-year-old girl could help end weed prohibition in America

10/10/17--Twelve-year-old Alexis Bortell uses a cannabis oil called Haleigh's Hope to prevent life-threatening epileptic seizures. Wise and articulate beyond her years, Bortell is one of five plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the federal government, and her attorneys argue that the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which classifies cannabis as illegal, infringes upon various constitutional rights. Read

Retail marijuana is spreading to California, Massachusetts and Maine

10/7/17--Recreational marijuana sales will launch in California, Massachusetts, and Maine next year. These states already have medical marijuana programs and dispensaries, but soon they'll also have stores that can sell recreational marijuana to anyone 21 and older. California is aiming to open retail marijuana stores by January 1, Massachusetts and Maine plan to open stores next summer. Read

Cannabis consumption increases violent behavior in young people in psychiatric care

10/6/17--A new study on cannabis use that involved 1,136 patients (from 18 to 40 years of age) with mental illnesses who had been seen five times during the year after discharge from a psychiatric hospital demonstrates that sustained used of cannabis is associated with an increase in violent behavior in young people. Moreover, the association between persistent cannabis use and violence is stronger than that associated with alcohol or cocaine. Read

Cannabis-infused lotion is revolutionizing massage therapy

10/6/17--Stephanie Agakian introduced the CBD-infused massage at her studio in Broomfield, Colorado, Bodhi Body Studios, about a year ago. Now, she estimates that clients opt for the CBD treatment over regular lotions “about 90 percent of the time.” She noticed that the clients treated with CBD lotion seemed to experience more relaxation and greater pain relief than those treated with regular massage oils. Read

Smoking cannabis DOES make people more violent

10/4/17--Cannabis users are more likely to commit violent crime, pioneering research has shown. It warned those who smoke the drug regularly run an increased risk of using violence against others. The project is the first to demonstrate that cannabis is not only linked with violent crime but is the cause. Read

Common marijuana-related cases encountered in the emergency department

10/1/17--As the number of people using marijuana has increased, there has been a parallel increase in marijuana-related emergency department (ED) visits and poison center calls. It is expected that as other states liberalize marijuana laws, they will also experience an increase in marijuana-related ED visits. This article reviews several common marijuana-related ED cases that have existed in the medical profession. Read

Trump Drug Enforcement Administration choice to light up pot politics

9/30/17--President Trump will replace the nation's top anti-drug  when Chuck Rosenberg steps down after more than two years leading the Drug Enforcement Administration. It's unclear who Trump will make acting administrator, or if that person will be a placeholder or a long-serving acting administrator like Rosenberg and his predecessor Michele Leonhart, who went three years without Senate confirmation. Read

Hemp pills and oils make brief appearance at Target.com, get purged from the site

9/28/17--A Minnesota-based Target offered online customers a chance to buy Charlotte’s Web, non-psychoactive hemp-derivative pills and oils, on its website — for about a week. Although some medical marijuana advocates celebrated the appearance of Charlotte’s Web products on Target’s website, the product was quickly made unavailable. Read

Cancer-causing compounds found in cannabis oil

9/27/17--A recent study from investigators at Portland State University found benzene and other potentially cancer-causing chemicals in the vapor produced by butane hash oil, a cannabis extract. Findings from the new study—published recently in ACS Omega in an article entitled “Toxicant Formation in Dabbing: The Terpene Story”—raises health concerns about dabbing, or vaporizing hash oil—a practice that is growing in popularity, especially in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana. Read

Celebrity sues CBD line, claiming trademark violation

9/28/17--Actress Jessica Alba is suing a Colorado business that makes CBD nutritional supplements, claiming that Honest Herbal infringes on the trademark of her Los Angeles firm, The Honest Co., which makes personal-care products and vitamins. Alba argues in the federal lawsuit filed in California that the 3-year-old CBD company is trying “to confuse consumers and profit from the goodwill and consumer recognition associated with The Honest Co.’s HONEST Marks,” which include product lines Honest Beauty, Honest Man, and Honest Baby. Read

Cannabis use and risk of prescription opioid use disorder in the United States

9/26/17--Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H., Melanie M. Wall, Ph.D., Shang-Min Liu, M.S., and Carlos Blanco, M.D., Ph.D. sought to determine whether cannabis use is associated with a change in the risk of incident nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder at 3-year follow-up. The study concluded that cannabis use appears to increase rather than decrease the risk of developing nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder. Read