Many Americans, including many parents, believe cannabis – marijuana – to be a more benign alternative to other substances, causing few negative side effects and little harm to the body’s systems. But as research continues onto cannabis, we’re learning the truth – and it seems to be getting uglier.
Are you a regular user of cannabis? Whether it’s for claimed medical benefits (which won’t be argued here) or recreational use, marijuana, or cannabis, is rapidly becoming mainstreamed. Here in the States, the rush to legalize, commercialize and, of course, tax marijuana use is nothing short of mad. One might argue that with a federal… Continue reading Cannabis Use May Cause Structural Changes In The Heart
Everywhere you turn, it seems that someone is trying to convince you that marijuana – weed, cannabis, etc., – is not only not dangerous, but somehow good for you. I’m not talking about medical marijuana here. This is about recreational and casual marijuana. Government, media, lobbyists and those who will profit from legal cannabis are… Continue reading Podcast: Research Round-Up, Vol. 5 – Some Straight Dope on Weed and Your Teens
While there has been a lot of focus on the role of cannabis use in psychosis, there has been less attention on whether cannabis use is associated with an increased risk of common mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Researchers from McGill University and the University of Oxford carried out a systematic review… Continue reading Teens Using Cannabis Risk Depression, Anxiety in Adulthood
About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis (19% of Canadians aged 15-19), and its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, and impulsivity control. This is a highly vulnerable period… Continue reading Teen Cannabis Harmful to Brain Function