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In a joint effort to curb the illegal sales of food products containing delta-8 THC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday they have warned five companies to stop marketing such products.

Because the packaging for these THC edibles mimics that of popular snack foods, the FDA said it is concerned they can be easily mistaken for traditional food...

Cannabis use during pregnancy might affect the way a child's brain develops after birth, a new study says.

Brain imaging of children exposed to cannabis in the womb has revealed patterns consistent with reductions in brain inflammation, researchers reported July 4 in the journal Nature Mental Health.

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As marijuana use becomes legal and more accepted across America, more seniors are developing unhealthy relationships with the drug, a new report suggests.

A look at data on almost 56 million Medicare beneficiaries finds "rates of health care encounters with cannabis-related disorders increased from 2017 through 2022," according to a study led by

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 18, 2024
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  • One in six patients serviced by a major California health care system said they used marijuana regularly, with many citing health reasons for doing so, a new study finds.

    In most cases, doctors may not know that weed is part of a patient's daily life.

    "Patients may not tell their primary care providers about their cannabis use, and their doctors may not ask about it,"said study auth...

    Reflecting changing times and legislation, Americans are now more apt to light up a joint or pop a weed gummy on a daily basis than they are to raise a glass of wine or beer, new research shows.

    Among folks who said they used either marijuana or alcohol each day, marijuana became the preferred choice as of 2022, according to study author

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  • May 22, 2024
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  • Doctors have long known that excessive marijuana use can trigger psychosis, especially in the young. But new research suggests the link is stronger that ever imagined before.

    Teens who use cannabis face 11 times the odds for a psychotic episode compared to teens who abstain from the drug, new Canadian research contends.

    The teen years may be an especially vulnerable time in this re...

    The legalization of cannabis and the popularity of its edible versions is having an unexpected effect: More seniors landing in emergency departments with overdoses.

    A new Canadian study found "cannabis poisonings" in the province of Ontario tripled among older users after edibles became legal, compared to the pre-legalization era.

    "Overall, this study shows the health outcomes of ca...

    The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday moved to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug, setting the stage for a significant shift in the nation's drug policy.

    In a proposed rule sent to the federal register, officials acknowledge the medical uses of marijuana and state that cannabis has less ...

    Smoking cigarettes while pregnant has long been known to harm the fetus, but new research shows things get even worse when marijuana is in the mix.

    The study by a team at Oregon Health & Science University (OSHU) in Portland involved more than 3 million p...

    New mothers who like to smoke marijuana might wind up exposing their babies to THC through their own breast milk, a new study says.

    THC, the intoxicating compound in cannabis, dissolves in the fats contained in human milk, researchers found.

    Mother's milk produced by weed users always had detectable amounts of THC, even when the mothers had abstained for 12 hours,

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  • May 9, 2024
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  • Calls to U.S. poison centers regarding so-called synthetic cannabis jumped 88% between 2021 and 2022, as use of these legally sold products rose, research shows.

    Synthetic cannabis contain varying forms of the active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): delta-8 THC, delta-10 THC and THC-O acetate. 

    They're banned or regulated in 14 states, but even then people c...

    The Justice Department has recommended that marijuana be reclassified as a less dangerous drug, a move that signals a significant shift in U.S. drug policy.

    The proposal, first reported Tuesday by the Associated Press, still has a long way to go before it becomes official policy: First, it has to be reviewed by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Then, it will ...

    Overuse of marijuana is increasingly being linked to dangerous bouts of psychosis, and a new study finds that antipsychotics may be needed to keep such patients out of the hospital.

    Psychotic episodes involve a dangerous psychiatric state in which people lose their c...

    High school students who use tobacco and cannabis products miss more school and have lower grades than classmates who use them individually or not at all.

    That's the conclusion of a study by researchers at UC Davis Health.

    "Substance use is a main predictor of educational outcomes, including absenteeism," said first study author

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  • March 18, 2024
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  • They're cheap, easy to buy and now new research shows they have become the buzz of choice for American teens.

    Delta-8-THC products, which include gummies and vapes, are legal in 22 states and Washington, D.C. There is no federal minimum age requirement for buying them, and they are sold in gas stations, chain drug stores and online. 

    That has made the products a marketing magne...

    Folks hoping to quell their anxiety would do best to use cannabis products that don't get them high, a new clinical trial has found.

    The non-intoxicating marijuana compound CBD appears to help manage anxiety better than THC, the chemical in weed that gets people high, researchers say.

    Patients with anxiety randomly assigned to smoke CBD-dominant products experienced greater improvem...

    Folks who use marijuana have a greater risk of heart attack and stroke, with the odds rising even higher when they partake every day, a new study finds.

    Both daily and non-daily marijuana users had an increased risk of heart attack and stroke compared to non-users, researchers reported Feb. 28 in the Journal of the American Heart As...

    After states legalize the sale of weed for recreational use, on-the-job injuries rise among younger workers, new research shows.

    U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics for 2006 through 2020 show that legal "recreational marijuana sales were associated with a 10% increase in workplace injuries among individuals aged 20 to 34 years,"the study authors concluded.

    They note that prior research ...

    High school students who smoke, drink or use weed are more likely to be emotionally troubled and have suicidal thoughts, a new study finds.

    Teens who turn to nicotine, alcohol or marijuana are more likely to think about suicide, feel depressed or anxious, have psychotic episodes and exhibit inattention or hyperactivity, researchers report Jan. 29 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

    Marijuana has a reputation for being harmless, but frequent tokers are more likely to suffer from asthma, a new study shows.

    Asthma is more common among U.S. adults who've used weed within the past 30 days, researchers reported recently in the journal Preventive Medicine.

    Further, the odds...

    Many studies have found that getting high on weed and then getting behind the wheel is dangerous for young drivers, and now new research finds it's no different for seniors.

    In a driving-simulator experiment, seniors who were long-term marijuana smokers were weaving in and out of their lanes 30 minutes after getting high, Canadian researchers report.

    The effect was not seen when the...

    There's no link at all between weed use and a person's use of illicit opioids, one way or the other, a new review concludes.

    Cannabis isn't a gateway drug that can spark a person's desire to try narcotics, results show.

    On the other hand, weed also isn't effective in helping wean addicts off opioids, researchers said.

    These results have significant implications for U.S. opioid...

    Scientists from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration conclude in newly released documents that marijuana has less potential for abuse than other drugs with the same restrictions and it should be reclassified as a less dangerous drug.

    Not only that, the review found there is some evidence backing its use as a medical treatment.

    Right now, cannabis is classified as a

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  • January 15, 2024
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  • Medical marijuana might help ease chronic pain, but it also slightly increases a patient's risk of a dangerous abnormal heart rhythm, a new study says.

    Patients treated with medical cannabis had a nearly 1% increased risk of being diagnosed with a heart rhythm problem that required monitoring and possible treatment, results show.

    The risk was more than double that of chronic pain pa...

    Using marijuana can help folks better enjoy a good workout, but it's not going to boost their athletic performance, a new study has found.

    A small group of runners reported greater enjoyment and a more intense "runner's high"when they exercised after using marijuana, according to new findings published recently in the journal

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  • WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2023 (HealthDay news) -- A rising tide of cannabis-related mental health problems is resulting from the widespread legalization of recreational weed in the United States, warns a new evidence review.

    Nearly one in five Americans aged 12 and older used marijuana in 2021, and more than 16 million meet the criteria for a diagnosis of cannabis use disorder, the researchers...

    Even after they've experienced episodes of psychosis, many young people who use marijuana are unsure they want to quit the drug, new research shows.

    Cannabis has long been linked to a heightened risk for psychosis -- a dangerous psychiatric state in which people lose their connection with reality.

    However, "most people with psychosis don't worry about substance use until it detrimen...

    The market for cannabidiol (CBD) and other products derived from the hemp plant is now wide open in the United States, but that could bring danger to consumers, the authors of a new report warn.

    Many people may not realize it, but there's a largely legal market for products derived from hemp, which has a much lower content of the active ingredient found in the cannabis plant, delta-9-tetr...

    Teens who avidly use weed typically use it either for enjoyment or to cope, but both uses have a dark side to them, new research finds.

    Teenagers who use marijuana for enjoyment or to forget their problems have more demand for it, meaning that they are willing to both consume more weed when it's free and spend more money to obtain it, researchers said.

    These same teens also tend to ...

    Marijuana use by expecting moms is associated with unhealthy pregnancy outcomes, especially low birth weight babies, a new study finds.

    Further, heavier weed use is associated with higher risks for the pregnancy, the researchers added.

    "Cannabis use is not safe,"said senior researcher Dr. Robert Silver, a profes...

    Folks who smoke weed along with cigarettes are doing serious damage to their lungs, a new study warns.

    People who do both are 12 times more likely to develop emphysema than nonsmokers, due to the damage they're doing to the lung's air sacs, researchers report.

    "There is a common public misconception that marijuana smoking is not harmful,"said researcher

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  • A young woman working at a Massachusetts cannabis-processing facility who developed new-onset asthma and later died of a fatal asthma attack is the first such fatality in the burgeoning industry, a new report finds.

    Researchers believe large amounts of allergen-laden dust created at these facilities could pose real respiratory dangers to workers.

    When it comes to asthma and the dang...

    THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Using cannabis during pregnancy may not be as benign as some think, with a new review showing it raises the risk for both premature and low birth weight newborns.

    In turn, that raised the chances of these infants winding up in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for special care.

    There was reassuring news in the analysis, published Nov. ...

    People who regularly smoke medical marijuana may be increasing their risk for a heart attack, heart failure or stroke, new research suggests.

    One study found that cannabis use among older patients increases the risk of heart attack or stroke by 20%. The second study found that using cannabis increased the risk of heart failure by 34%.

    The studies are scheduled for presentation at an...

    Four years after the state of Georgia approved the distribution of low-dose THC, medical marijuana may be sold at local pharmacies.

    That will make Georgia the first U.S. state where pharmacies sell medical cannabis, CNN reported.

    By year's end, patients who meet a very narrow criteria for medical cannabis use under Georgia's law will be able to buy low-dose THC products at ...

    New research suggests a link between middle school students being disciplined for marijuana use and legalization of recreational weed, particularly when schools are close to dispensaries that sell the drug.

    Researchers studied this in Oregon, where recreational marijuana became legal for adults back in 2015.

    They found that middle school students received office discipline referrals...

    People who abuse marijuana may be setting themselves up for heart problems down the road, Canadian researchers report.

    The new study found that people with so-called cannabis use disorder may have a 60% higher risk for a heart attack, stroke or other major heart-related event, compared to those who don't abuse the drug.

    "There appears to be a substantial association between cannabis...

    Women over 50 are turning to weed in droves, and menopause symptoms may be one big reason why, new research suggests

    These women may not necessarily be getting the results they're looking for, however. That's according to menopause experts who say it's not clear from limited research whether the drug helps ease symptoms or exacerbates them.

    "People are desperate. They want to sleep....

    The lax enforcement of age limits by many online marijuana dispensaries makes it easier for minors to buy weed, claims new research that looked at online weed sales in 32 states.

    "It is imperative to require strict age-verification procedures prior to cannabis purchases online and to establish stringent surveillance of online marijuana dispensaries to protect youth,"wrote the authors of t...

    Cannabinoid products may interfere with some prescription medications, so people who use them should add these to the list of supplements they tell their doctors about.

    This interference could have serious health consequences, according to Penn State Health, which offered some additional advice as legal medical and recreational cannabis becomes more common.

    "Whether it's recreationa...

    Using both tobacco and marijuana is tied to significantly higher odds for depression and anxiety, a new study suggests.

    Among nearly 54,000 U.S. adults, those who used both substances experienced anxiety or depression at nearly twice the rate of nonusers, researchers found.

    "Smoking weed and tobacco does not help to deal with anxiety and depression, and may exacerbate mental h...

    Emergency room visits for injuries related to driving under the influence of cannabis skyrocketed in Canada after the drug was legalized there, a new study reports.

    In October 2018, Canada became the second country to nationally legalize recreational or nonmedical cannabis for adult use.

    While known cannabis-involved emergency department (ED) visits for traffic injuries were still ...

    Drugs and children don't mix, so it's important to keep little ones safe by storing any marijuana edibles out of reach from small hands.

    The New Jersey Poison Control Center is offering warnings that can apply anywhere, after aiding in the medical treatment of 30 children ranging from the ages of 1 to 12 who accidentally ate marijuana edibles in July.

    "It is difficult for anyone, es...

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has asked the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug under the Controlled Substances Act, a move that could potentially expand acceptance of the drug.

    The DEA confirmed receiving an Aug. 29 letter requesting the change and will begin its own review, a spokesperson told Bloomberg News.


    Marijuana users may be building up high levels of toxic metals in their blood, a new study suggests.

    According to researchers, people who use marijuana exclusively have significant levels of lead and cadmium in their bodies. These are the same toxic metals found in some cigarette smokers.

    Marijuana is the world's third most commonly used drug, behind tobacco and alcohol.


    Cannabis use disorder is a very real problem for a significant percentage of people who use marijuana, new research suggests.

    About 21% of those who use weed struggle with dependency, including recurring problems socially and with work, the study published Aug. 29 in the journal JAMA Network...

    Brightly colored "edibles" can be tempting for young kids and are more widely available now that many U.S. states have legalized cannabis for recreational and medical use.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't take much of an edible to make a small child very sick, new research finds, which may explain an uptick in hospitalizations of kids poisoned by cannabis.

    "There are many studies demo...

    Nineteen scientific studies have failed to answer a big question: Are cannabis-containing products safe or effective for kids with cancer?

    A new analysis of the studies found the evidence just isn't there to determine dosing, safety and efficacy of medical marijuana or cannabis-containing products for managing symptoms experienced by these kids.

    "It was difficult to measure benefit ...

    Los atracones de bebida y el consumo de marihuana han alcanzado niveles históricamente altos entre los adultos de EE. UU. de 35 a 50 años, anunciaron el jueves los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud (NIH) de EE. UU.

    Entre estos adultos de mediana edad, las drogas favoritas son la marihuana, los alucinógenos y el alcohol, y casi un 30 por ciento admitieron que se habían dado un atracón...

    Binge-drinking and marijuana use have reached historically high levels among U.S. adults aged 35 to 50, the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced Thursday.

    For these middle-aged adults, the drugs of choice are marijuana, hallucinogens and alcohol, with nearly 30% admitting to binge-drinking in 2022.

    Binge drinking for this group reached the highest level eve...

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