Study Finds Marijuana Use Associated With Decreased In-Hospital Mortality Rates Among Heart Attack Patients

Heart attack patients with a past history of marijuana use possess greater in-hospital survival rates, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS One, and first reported on by NORML. For the study researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology compared the hospital records of[…]

Study Finds Marijuana Augments Analgesic Efficacy Of Opiates

According to a new study published by the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, the co-administration of marijuana and sub-therapeutic doses of oxycodone produces enhanced analgesic effects in human subjects. “Cannabinoids combined with opioids produce synergistic antinociceptive effects, decreasing the lowest effective antinociceptive opioid dose (i.e., opioid-sparing effects) in laboratory animals”, begins the study’s[…]

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Studies Finds Marijuana Use Isn’t Associated With Negative Changes In Brain Morphology

Exposure to marijuana isn’t associated with significant changes in brain morphology in either older or younger subjects, according to a pair of new studies. As reported by NORML, in the first study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine compared brain scans of occasional (one to two[…]

Study Finds Marijuana Use Associated With Metabolic Benefits

The use of marijuana is associated with sustained effects on weight and metabolism, including lower body mass index (BMI) and lower overall cholesterol levels, according to a study published in The Journal of Psychopharmacology. Spanish researchers assessed the relationship between cannabis and weight over a three-year period in a cohort of 510 subjects.[…]

Medical Cannabis Access Associated With Decreased Use Of Opioids, Finds Study

Just-released research shows that the enactment of medical cannabis access laws is associated with moderately lower levels of prescription opioid use, even after controlling for potentially confounding variables, according. This is according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. In this study a team of investigators from the University[…]

Marijuana Use is Associated With Reduced Risk Of Alcohol-Induced Pancreatitis, Says Study

Regular consumers of alcohol  who also use cannabis are at less risk for either acute or chronic pancreatitis as compared to those who do not use the substance, according to a study published in the journal Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research. A team of investigators from the United States and Canada assessed the[…]

Study Finds Marijuana Dispensaries Associated With Reductions In Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths

Counties that permit the operation of medical cannabis dispensaries possess reduced rates of opioid-related mortality, according to the findings of an academic research paper published on the SSRN online network. Researchers from Claremont McKenna College in California, the University of Georgia, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock assessed the localized[…]

Marijuana Legalization Associated With Reduced Use Of Opioids, Finds New Study

The enactment of laws legalizing marijuana on the state level is associated with a reduction in the use of schedule III opioid drugs among Medicaid enrollees, according to a new study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Investigators with the University of California, San Diego assessed the relationship between recreational marijuana[…]