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Marijuana: ACOG Encourages Abstinence While Pregnant or Breastfeeding

  Marijuana is the most common illicit substance used by pregnant women, with prevalence as high as 30% in some communities. With the advent of marijuana's legalization in several U.S. states, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has published its position on use of this agent during pregnancy and breast-feeding. (more…)
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Study raises doubts about medical marijuana

The Los Angeles Times reports in “Science Now” that researchers reviewed studies testing the effectiveness of medical marijuana on 10 different conditions and concluded that “there’s very little reliable evidence to support the drug’s use.” (more…)
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Study: Marijuana users become brain damaged

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that research published in PNAS suggests that “compared with a person who never smoked marijuana, someone who uses marijuana regularly has, on average, less gray matter in his orbital frontal cortex, a region that is a key node in the brain’s reward, motivation, decision-making and addictive behaviors network.” (more…)
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Warnings about marijuana-laced candy

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that “Utah hospitals are telling” physicians “to consider marijuana-laced candy from Colorado as a possible culprit when patients — particularly children — show up for emergency treatment.” (more…)
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Marijuana is dangerous for children

Elements Behavioral Health CEO and addiction psychiatrist David Sack, MD, writes in a Los Angeles Times op-ed that “disquieting new trends and statistics” regarding marijuana “are proving its unique dangers for” youngsters. (more…)
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Hospitals, sheriffs point to downside of legal marijuana in Colorado

The New York Times reports that “five months after Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales,” some “law enforcement officers ... emergency room doctors and legalization opponents increasingly are highlighting a series of recent problems as cautionary lessons for other states flirting with loosening marijuana laws.” (more…)
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Marijuana use linked to cardiovascular risks and deaths

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers “warned that ‘clinical evidence ... suggests the potential for serious cardiovascular risks associated with marijuana use.’” (more…)
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Study: Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities

Fox News reports that casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time, researchers have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in their brains. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, reported effects similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. (more…)
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Experts warn about synthetic marijuana use

The Los Angeles Times reports that “though synthetic marijuana has, until recently, triggered relatively few emergency room admissions,” experts say that “a sudden surge in illnesses at hospitals in Denver may presage similar outbreaks in other parts of the country.” (more…)
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Marijuana – The Truth – Part 5

In the book that I co-wrote with my good friend, Donal O’Mathuna, Ph.D., Alternative Medicine: The options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely, we wrote an evidence-based article on marijuana. Here’s our fourth excerpt of that information: In earlier excerpts, we discussed “What It Is,” “The Claims People Make about Marijuana,” “Study Findings,” and “Cautions.” In this, our final excerpt will review “Our Recommendations.” (more…)
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