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Posts Tagged ‘health’

Over medicated America – a few figures to understand why cannabis is still illegal

Here’s a chart that puts into simple words and figures a system that shows no benefits:
overmedicated-america Click on image to enlarge. Created by: Medical Billing and Coding Online
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Cannabis gateway theory challenged by new research results

DURHAM, N.H. — New research from the University of New Hampshire shows that the “gateway effect” of marijuana — that teenagers who use marijuana are more likely to move on to harder illicit drugs as young adults — is overblown.

Billboard paid for by US tax payers in Portland

Billboard paid for by US tax payers in Portland

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Marijuana good for your brain

marijuana and brain

marijuana and brain

Forget the stereotype about dopey potheads. It seems marijuana could be good for your brain.

While other studies have shown that periodic use of marijuana can cause memory loss and impair learning and a host of other health problems down the road, new research suggests the drug could have some benefits when administered regularly in a highly potent form.

Most “drugs of abuse” such as alcohol, heroin, cocaine and nicotine suppress growth of new brain cells. However, researchers found that cannabinoids promoted generation of new neurons in rats’ hippocampuses.

Hippocampuses are the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory, and the study held true for either plant-derived or the synthetic version of cannabinoids.

“This is quite a surprise,” said Xia Zhang, an associate professor with the Neuropsychiatry Research Unit at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Read the rest of this entry »