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Starting marijuana at younger age may hinder brain development

Starting marijuana at younger age may hinder brain development

The age at which an adolescent begins using marijuana may affect typical brain development, according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas. In a paper recently published in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, scientists describe how marijuana use, and the age at which use is initiated, may adversely alter brain structures that underlie higher order thinking. [More]
Medical marijuana offers hope for kids with uncontrolled seizures

Medical marijuana offers hope for kids with uncontrolled seizures

Desperate for relief, parents are taking unusual steps to help children plagued with seizures. The relief, however, comes in a most unlikely form: marijuana. [More]
Frequent traumatic experiences throughout infancy increase risk of psychosis during adulthood

Frequent traumatic experiences throughout infancy increase risk of psychosis during adulthood

A research carried out with participation of the University of Granada proves that suffering repeated traumatic experiences throughout infancy and adolescence multiplies by 7 the risk of suffering psychosis during adulthood. [More]
Topiramate drug curbs marijuana use among young smokers, but with serious side effects

Topiramate drug curbs marijuana use among young smokers, but with serious side effects

Combining the drug topiramate with psychological counseling curbed marijuana use among young smokers significantly more than did counseling alone, according to newly published results of a small randomized, controlled trial at Brown University. The results come with a caveat, however: many study volunteers couldn't tolerate the medicine's side effects. [More]
Sage Analytics establishes distribution network in South America

Sage Analytics establishes distribution network in South America

Sage Analytics, the developers of portable, laboratory-quality cannabis potency measurement systems, announced it established a distribution network in South America, anchored by Senses Biotech in Uruguay. [More]
Early promise for cannabis extract treatment in epilepsy

Early promise for cannabis extract treatment in epilepsy

A preliminary, open-label study suggests that cannabidiol may be a useful adjunctive treatment in adults and children with intractable epilepsy. [More]
Purified cannabinoid reduces seizures in children and young adults with treatment-resistant epilepsy

Purified cannabinoid reduces seizures in children and young adults with treatment-resistant epilepsy

Children and young adults with severe forms of epilepsy that does not respond to standard antiepileptic drugs have fewer seizures when treated with purified cannabinoid, according to a multi-center study led by researchers from UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco. [More]
Recreational drug and alcohol use can increase risk of poisoning-related hospital admissions

Recreational drug and alcohol use can increase risk of poisoning-related hospital admissions

Poisonings from recreational drug and alcohol use account for 9 percent of all poisoning-related hospital admissions, says a new University of Sydney study revealing that males and people under 30 are at greatest risk. [More]
Report shows relationship between sensation seeking, reward sensitivity and cannabis use

Report shows relationship between sensation seeking, reward sensitivity and cannabis use

Sensation seeking is a personality trait that describes a person's tendency to seek out novel and exciting experiences, and a high level of sensation seeking has been implicated as a risk factor for addiction. [More]

CannaScore selected for prestigious Cannabist Award in the category of Technology

CannaScore, the developers of the world's first real-time regulatory compliance and auditing software for the marijuana industry, announced that its has been nominated for a prestigious Cannabist Award in the category of "Technology." [More]
CAMH survey finds risky drinking behaviour among Ontario students

CAMH survey finds risky drinking behaviour among Ontario students

Alcohol remains the most popular drug of choice for Ontario students in grades 7 through 12, with 29 percent of 12th graders engaging in hazardous drinking, according to the 2015 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) released today by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. [More]
New study reveals effect of cannabis potency on brain structure

New study reveals effect of cannabis potency on brain structure

Smoking high potency 'skunk-like' cannabis can damage a crucial part of the brain responsible for communication between the two brain hemispheres, according to a new study by scientists from King's College London and Sapienza University of Rome. [More]
For people with epilepsy, the mental health treatments are not clearly understood

For people with epilepsy, the mental health treatments are not clearly understood

Mental health issues such as depression or anxiety are often neglected or misunderstood in people who also have co-morbidity with epilepsy. [More]
Women need different treatment from men with addiction, says McMaster University-led study

Women need different treatment from men with addiction, says McMaster University-led study

Painkillers prescribed by doctors are the starting point for an opioid addiction for more than half of female methadone clinic patients, and they need different treatment from men with addiction, says a study led by McMaster University researchers. [More]
New review finds scant scientific evidence supporting use of cannabinoids in rheumatic diseases

New review finds scant scientific evidence supporting use of cannabinoids in rheumatic diseases

Although there are anecdotal reports indicating that cannabinoids, especially marijuana (or herbal cannabis), may be of therapeutic benefit for some patients with rheumatic complaints, a new review published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, finds scant scientific evidence supporting any use of cannabinoids in rheumatic diseases. Furthermore, not a single controlled study has examined herbal cannabis in the rheumatology patient population. [More]
MSU professor finds surprising results about drug use behaviors

MSU professor finds surprising results about drug use behaviors

Conducting an economic analysis of drug use is a particularly difficult endeavor, but for Michigan State University professor and economist Siddharth Chandra, it just meant taking a look at the history books. [More]
United Cannabis files utility and PCT patent applications related to unique specifications of cannabinoids

United Cannabis files utility and PCT patent applications related to unique specifications of cannabinoids

United Cannabis Corporation today announced that it moved its provisional patent application to the next phase by filing a utility patent application related to the unique combinations of pharmaceutically active cannabinoids used to treat disorders of the nervous system, immune system and cancer with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. [More]
Endocannabinoids can affect development of baby's pancreas

Endocannabinoids can affect development of baby's pancreas

According to the latest research results from the Medical University of Vienna, endocannabinoids, cannabis-like substances produced by the body itself, can affect the development of a baby's pancreas. The study also highlights the importance of diet during pregnancy for the foetal pancreas to form. [More]
Medlab granted ethics approval to begin human trials using nanotechnology delivery platform

Medlab granted ethics approval to begin human trials using nanotechnology delivery platform

Sydney-based, ASX listed, biopharmaceutical company, Medlab Clinical Ltd has been granted ethics approval to progress to two separate human trials using its nanotechnology delivery platform. [More]
Study shows prevalence of marijuana use and marijuana use disorders on the rise in U.S.

Study shows prevalence of marijuana use and marijuana use disorders on the rise in U.S.

Marijuana use in the United States more than doubled over the period from 2001-2002 to 2012-2013, while the increase in disorders associated with marijuana use was almost as large for that period. [More]
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