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Cannabis use in youth with mood disorders linked to risk for self-harm, suicide

Cannabis use in youth with mood disorders linked to risk for self-harm, suicide

Cannabis use disorder was associated with self-harm, all-cause mortality, unintentional overdose death and homicide among youth with mood disorders, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Cynthia A. Fontanella, PhD, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Ohio State University, and colleagues conducted a population-based retrospective cohort study using Ohio Medicaid claims data linked with death certificate […]

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AMA urges court to overturn medical cannabis ballot initiative

AMA urges court to overturn medical cannabis ballot initiative

Mississippi voters in November passed a ballot initiative that proposes amending the state constitution to legalize medical cannabis and for the state to govern its distribution. Now the Mississippi Supreme Court will decide whether Initiative 65 was unconstitutional. The question hinges on voter signatures needed to get the initiative on the ballot. The AMA and […]

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Using genetic information to inform policy on cannabis

Using genetic information to inform policy on cannabis

Cannabis is a commonly used drug, and a substantialminority of individuals who use it frequently willdevelop cannabis use disorder (CUD). Johnson andcolleagues1 identify a high genetic correlation betweenliability to frequent cannabis use and CUD. This finding isin line with previous twin research, which has identifieda high correlation between additive genetic influencesacting on exposure to cannabis, […]

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Association of Depression With Past-Month Cannabis Use Among US Adults Aged 20 to 59 Years, 2005 to 2016

Association of Depression With Past-Month Cannabis Use Among US Adults Aged 20 to 59 Years, 2005 to 2016

IMPORTANCE Despite studies showing that repeated cannabis use may worsen depressive symptoms, the popular media increasingly presents cannabis as beneficial to mental health, and many members of the public view cannabis as beneficial for depression. Therefore, cannabis useamong individuals with depression may be becoming more prevalent. OBJECTIVE To examine the association of depression with past-month […]

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Smoking weed and coronavirus: Even occasional use raises risk of Covid-19 complications

Smoking weed and coronavirus: Even occasional use raises risk of Covid-19 complications

By Sandee LaMotte, CNNUpdated 8:22 AM EDT, Fri April 10, 2020 (CNN)If you’re smoking weed to ease your stress during the coronavirus pandemic, experts say it’s time to think twice. Smoking marijuana, even occasionally, can increase your risk for more severe complications from Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. “What happens to your […]

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Talking to Pregnant Patients About Cannabis Use

June 24, 2020Cornel N. Stanciu, MD, MRO Consumption of cannabis during pregnancy results in a host of problems, including cannabinoid placental crossing and accumulation in the fetal brain as well as other organs. Public endorsement for potential benefits of the marijuana plant is at an all-time high. To date, 33 states and the District of […]

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Vaping Illness Tracker: 2,602 Cases and 59 Deaths

Vaping Illness Tracker: 2,602 Cases and 59 Deaths

Cases and Deaths The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state agencies have reported 2,602 lung injury cases that required hospitalization and 59 deaths linked to vaping. Vaping-related emergency room visits peaked in September and mostly involved younger people, especially young men and boys. Vaping Regulations Several states and cities have announced or enacted vaping bans in response to the […]

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Cannabidiol Products Are Everywhere, but Should People Be Using Them?

Cannabidiol Products Are Everywhere, but Should People Be Using Them?

General internist Brent Bauer, MD, sees patients at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, one of the most esteemed medical centers in the world. And yet, some of his patients have sought relief from a variety of ills with ubiquitous, unregulated products they can pick up at 7/Eleven or order online (although not from Amazon, whose selling guidelines prohibit them). The […]

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FDA warns company marketing unapproved cannabidiol products with unsubstantiated claims to treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, opioid withdrawal, pain and pet anxiety

FDA warns company marketing unapproved cannabidiol products with unsubstantiated claims to treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, opioid withdrawal, pain and pet anxiety

Agency is expediting work to evaluate regulatory policies related to cannabis and cannabis-derived ingredients like CBD Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has issued a warning letter to Curaleaf Inc., of Wakefield, Massachusetts, for illegally selling unapproved products containing cannabidiol (CBD) online with unsubstantiated claims that the products treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, opioid […]