Marijuana Use May Pose Heart Dangers, Study Suggests

Marijuana use might contribute to heart and artery disease among young and middle-aged adults, particularly those already at risk for cardiovascular problems, a small French study reports.

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Even Occasional Marijuana Use Can Change Your Brain, Study Says

Young people who occasionally smoke marijuana may be rewiring their brains, with their pot use causing structural changes to brain regions related to motivation, emotion and reward, a small study says.

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Nearly 70% of Doctors (and Only 50% of Consumers) Favor Legalizing Medical Marijuana

The legalization of medical marijuana has more support among U.S. doctors than among consumers, a new survey found.

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Medical Marijuana Pills May Ease MS Symptoms

Medical marijuana pills and sprays might ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but most other alternative therapies do little to lessen the pain and muscle rigidity that often accompanies the disease, according to new guidelines.

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Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Use Have Tripled in Last Decade

The legalization of marijuana is an idea that is gaining momentum in the United States, but there may be a dark side to pot becoming more commonplace, a new study suggests. Fatal crashes involving marijuana use tripled during the previous decade, fueling some of the overall increase in drugged-driving traffic deaths, researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health report.

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Synthetic Pot Tied to a Surge in Emergency Room Visits

Doctors in Colorado are sounding an alarm about the dangers of synthetic marijuana after seeing a surge of emergency cases tied to its use. The products, sold under names like Black Mamba, Crazy Clown, K2 and Spice, sent at least 263 people for emergency treatment statewide over a one-month period last year.

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Marijuana Not a ‘Safe Drug,’ Review Finds

Contrary to popular belief, marijuana is not a “safe drug,” particularly for teens, a new review reveals. Researchers found that marijuana (cannabis) could be especially harmful for teenagers, since it affects the addiction processes in their developing brains.

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Using Marijuana to Treat Pain? A Pill May Outlast a Puff

A pill may work as well as a puff when it comes to using marijuana to treat pain, according to a small but carefully controlled new study. Pain relief from pills may last longer, however, and may not leave people feeling as high as they do after they smoke the drug.

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Even a Little Pot Use Ups College Dropout Risk

College students who use marijuana and other illegal substances, even occasionally, are more likely to leave school than students who don’t dabble in drugs, new research finds. There’s a strong link between marijuana use and “discontinuous enrollment,” said study author Dr. Amelia Arria, director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The same goes for other illicit drugs, she added.

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Marijuana, Real or Fake, Can Lead to Unusual Gastro Problem

The regular use of either natural or synthetic marijuana can lead to severe nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, according to two sets of new case studies. This little-known condition, called cannabinoid hyperemesis, is a serious burden to the health care system because doctors often use expensive diagnostic tests and ineffective treatments in an effort to identify the cause of the patient’s symptoms and treat them, the researchers said.

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