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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[…]

New Mexico Governor Expanding Medical Cannabis Program to Include Opioid Dependency

Newly elected Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) announced this week that she’s directing her health officials to add opioid dependecy as a qualifying medical cannabis condition. The directive allows those with opioid dependency to legally purchase, possess and use medical cannabis if they receive a recommendation from a physician, and register with[…]

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[…]

National Institute of Health Study Finds Teen Marijuana Use Not Increasing Post-Legalization

According to the recently released University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey,self-reported marijuana use by adolescents hasn’t increased in recent years despite the majority of states legalizing it for either medical or adult use. The study was commissioned by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, which is a part of the[…]