New National Data on Americans’ Substance Use, Abuse

New National Data on Americans’ Substance Use, Abuse

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the United States, data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show. The survey revealed that in 2022, cannabis increased in every age group — including those older than age 65. The annual NSDUH...

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Marijuana use may increase risk of leg artery disease

Marijuana use may increase risk of leg artery disease

Smoking cigarettes has long been linked to peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition where the buildup of plaque narrows arteries and limits blood flow to the legs or arms. Now, a new study suggests that marijuana may have a similar impact, after finding that users...

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FDA declines to regulate CBD

FDA declines to regulate CBD

January 26, 2023 The Food and Drug Administration says there are too many unknowns about CBD products to regulate them as foods or supplements under the agency’s current structure and called on Congress to create new rules for the massive and growing market.  Read the...

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Senate passes marijuana medication bill

Senate passes marijuana medication bill

The Senate passed a bill that will expand research into the potential medical benefits of marijuana and CBD. The Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act was passed through unanimous consent by a voice vote and will now head to President Biden’s desk...

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Lots of ‘THC-free’ CBD products contain THC: study

Lots of ‘THC-free’ CBD products contain THC: study

About 60% of CBD products tested in the lab also contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical in pot that causes intoxication, researchers report in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.  Most products contained just trace amounts of THC, but those are enough...

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House votes to decriminalize cannabis

House votes to decriminalize cannabis

The House passed legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act would remove marijuana from the federal government’s list of controlled substances, impose an 8 percent tax on...

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Medical marijuana may trigger substance abuse, study finds

Medical marijuana may trigger substance abuse, study finds

Obtaining a medical marijuana card may pose a risk for those who use cannabis products to treat pain, anxiety, or depression, according to a Massachusetts General Hospital study. In a significant minority of individuals, researchers found those at greatest risk of developing the addictive symptoms of cannabis use

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