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Legalization of recreational cannabis linked with increased alcohol drinking, study finds — ScienceDaily

States that legalized recreational cannabis saw a slight population-level uptick in alcohol consumption that was largely driven by young adults and men, according to new research by University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health policy scientists. The increase in alcohol use, recently reported in JAMA Health Forum, suggests that states that legalize recreational cannabis should […]

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Could greater prescription of medical cannabis be a solution to the opioid crisis? — ScienceDaily

Medical cannabis could be an important alternative to opioids when managing pain, a new study of thousands of patients concludes. The research, published in the peer-reviewed journal Substance Use and Misuse, found that people reported being in less pain and could function better physically and socially, after using medical cannabis. It also found that the […]

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Serious physical injury and respiratory-reasons the two leading causes of ED visits and hospitalizations among cannabis users — ScienceDaily

Visits to the emergency department and hospitalizations are 22 per cent higher among individuals who use cannabis compared with those who do not, according to a new study. The study, published in BMJ Open Respiratory Research and led by researchers at Unity Health Toronto and ICES, found serious physical injury and respiratory-reasons were the two […]

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In a systematic review of scientific literature, researchers find thin evidence that cannabis has clinical benefits — ScienceDaily

Evidence behind the effectiveness of cannabis-related products to treat chronic pain is surprisingly thin, according to a new systematic evidence review by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University. The federally funded review, which will be updated on an ongoing basis, was published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers did find evidence to […]

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More young people begin recreational cannabis use illegally in states that legalize it — ScienceDaily

Once a state legalizes recreational cannabis, residents are more likely to start using it, including those too young to do so legally, report researchers at University of California San Diego. The findings, published online in the May 26, 2022 issue of Addiction, counter claims that legalization does not increase cannabis use, particularly among youth. The […]

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Largest increase seen after legalization of commercial cannabis edibles — ScienceDaily

Ontario saw nine times more emergency department (ED) visits per month for cannabis poisonings in young children under the age of 10 after Canada legalized recreational cannabis, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. While single hospitals have reported on child cannabis poisonings before, this is the first study to look at an […]

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Marijuana (Cannabis) Effects on Brain and Body, Treatment & Symptoms

Medically reviewed by Marina Katz, MD; American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology REFERENCES: American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition-Treatment Revision. 2001. American Psychiatric Association. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with substance use disorders, second edition. In, American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines: Treatment […]

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Passage of recreational cannabis laws leads to some rise in use but not for all demographics — ScienceDaily

The U.S. is seeing an increased use of cannabis resulting from its legalization for recreational purposes, according to a study conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The findings showed that passage of the laws led to a rise in the odds of past-year and past-month cannabis use among individuals of Hispanic, Other […]

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Cannabis legalization and link to increase in fatal collisions — ScienceDaily

Legalization of recreational cannabis may be associated with an increase in fatal motor vehicle collisions based on data from the United States, and authors discuss the implications for Canada in an analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). “Analyses of data suggest that legalization of recreational cannabis in United States jurisdictions may be associated with […]