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January 16, 2019

Researchers Developing Nonopioid Drug for Chronic Pain

Dec. 12, 2018 — Researchers are developing a drug -- now in its earliest stages -- that can treat certain types of chronic pain without the addictive consequences of ... read more

Cannabis-Based Compound May Reduce Seizures in Children With Epilepsy

Dec. 5, 2018 — A recent analysis of published studies indicates that the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of epilepsy in children looks ... read more

Vaping Cannabis Produces Stronger Effects Than Smoking Cannabis for Infrequent Users

Dec. 4, 2018 — In a small study of infrequent cannabis users, researchers have shown that, compared with smoking cannabis, vaping it increased the rate of short-term anxiety, paranoia, memory loss and distraction ... read more

An Opioid Epidemic May Be Looming in Mexico -- And the US May Be Partly Responsible

Nov. 29, 2018 — Though opioid use in Mexico has been low, national and international factors are converging and a threat of increased drug and addiction rates exists. Many of these factors may have originated in the ... read more

Drug Use, Religion Explain 'Reverse Gender Gap' on Marijuana

Nov. 26, 2018 — Women tend to be more conservative than men on political questions related to marijuana. A recent study finds that this gender gap appears to be driven by religion and the fact that men are more ... read more

Does Teen Cannabis Use Lead to Behavior Problems -- Or Vice Versa?

Nov. 26, 2018 — New research finds that cannabis use among teens doesn't appear to lead to greater conduct problems or greater affiliation with other teens who smoke cannabis. Instead, it's adolescents ... read more

Ecstacy Makes People Cooperative, but Not Gullible

Nov. 20, 2018 — New research has found that MDMA, the main ingredient in ecstasy, causes people to cooperate better -- but only with trustworthy people. In the first study to look in detail at how MDMA impacts ... read more

How Exercise Could Help Fight Drug Addiction

Nov. 14, 2018 — The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs were previously taken can make resistance that much harder. However, addicts who exercise appear ... read more

Moving the Motivation Meter

Nov. 8, 2018 — Rats given the drug that reduced dopamine were much less likely to work for preferred morsels of food. But when these rats were then given one of the experimental drugs, they regained their ... read more

Rat Models of Opioid Use and Addiction Explore Risk of Abuse

Nov. 6, 2018 — New research revealed today highlights the power of animal studies to explore mechanisms of opioid addiction, withdrawal, and relapse to inform new prevention strategies and treatments for ... read more

Adolescent Cannabis Use Alters Development of Planning, Self-Control Brain Areas

Nov. 6, 2018 — Adolescent marijuana use may alter how neurons function in brain areas engaged in decision-making, planning and self-control, according to ... read more

New Insights Into the Neural Risks and Benefits of Marijuana Use

Nov. 6, 2018 — Research released today underscores both the dangers and the therapeutic promise of marijuana, revealing different effects across the lifespan. Marijuana exposure in the womb or during adolescence ... read more

Nov. 6, 2018 — Each state takes a different approach on how it tries to stem the impact of opioid abuse, resulting in significant variation between opioid prescription rates and the number of children placed into ... read more

Cognitive Changes in Offspring of Heavy Cannabis-Using Rats

Nov. 4, 2018 — Researchers have seen cognitive changes in the offspring of rats exposed to heavy amounts of cannabis. Their work is one of the rare studies to look at the effects of cannabis during pregnancy. The ... read more

Cluster of Cocaine-Fentanyl Overdoses in Philadelphia Underscores Need for More 'Test Strips' and Rapid Response

Nov. 1, 2018 — Emergency department physicians are calling for more readily available testing strips to identify the presence of fentanyl in patients experiencing a drug overdose, and a rapid, coordinated response ... read more

Cocaine Adulterant May Cause Brain Damage

Oct. 31, 2018 — People who regularly take cocaine cut with the animal anti-worming agent levamisole demonstrate impaired cognitive performance and a thinned prefrontal cortex. These findings from two recent studies ... read more

High on the Highway -- Stoned-Driving on the Increase

Oct. 26, 2018 — Getting behind the wheel after cannabis use is on the rise in the US, and THC, not alcohol, is now the most commonly detected intoxicant in US drivers. Detecting levels of THC, however, is ... read more

Sex, Drugs and Estradiol: Why Cannabis Affects Women Differently

Oct. 26, 2018 — Sex differences in cannabis use are beginning to be explained with the aid of brain studies in animals and ... read more

Cannabis Pain Relief Without the 'High'

Oct. 24, 2018 — In the wake of cannabis legalization, a team of scientists have delivered encouraging news for chronic pain sufferers by pinpointing the effective dose of marijuana plant extract cannabidiol (CBD) ... read more

More Than One in Ten Heavy Cannabis Users Experience Withdrawal After Quitting Cannabis

Oct. 22, 2018 — As the number of Americans who regularly use cannabis has climbed, so too has the number of those experiencing cannabis withdrawal symptoms. A new study finds that 12 percent of frequent marijuana ... read more

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