Month: June 2017

Medical marijuana

There are few subjects that can stir up stronger emotions among doctors, scientists, researchers, policy makers, and the public than medical marijuana. Is it safe? Should it be legal? Decriminalized? Has its effectiveness been proven? What conditions is it useful for? Is it addictive? How do we keep it out of the hands of teenagers? Is […]

Everything you need to know about marijuana (cannabis)

Globally, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. Classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, marijuana is a mood-altering drug that affects almost every organ in the body. In 2017, 6 percent or about 1 in 16 high school seniors in the United States reported using marijuana (cannabis) every day. The number of 12th graders who […]

IS MARIJUANA AS SAFE AS WE THINK?

few years ago, the National Academy of Medicine convened a panel of sixteen leading medical experts to analyze the scientific literature on cannabis. The report they prepared, which came out in January of 2017, runs to four hundred and sixty-eight pages. It contains no bombshells or surprises, which perhaps explains why it went largely unnoticed. It simply stated, […]

Getting high on cannabis makes people vulnerable to ‘false memories

People who are high on cannabis are more likely to form false memories, in which they wrongly “remember” information that they never actually learned or recall snippets of an event that never happened, new research suggests. False memories can arise spontaneously when people draw faulty inferences from their actual experiences. For instance, you might remember your co-worker […]

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