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If You Smoke Pot, Your Anesthesiologist Needs To Know

Observations and initial research show that marijuana use may affect patients’ responses to anesthesia on the operating table — and, depending on the patient’s history of using the drug, either help or hinder their symptoms afterward in the recovery room.

Weed Degrades Sperm, Is Worse Than Cigarettes

Much research has linked cigarette smoking to both male and female infertility. But while the impact of nicotine on fertility has been researched for decades, you may be surprised to learn that marijuana, too, can impact male fertility — and its effect may be more severe than tobacco. According to…

Quick Hits: Transvaginal Mesh Pulled, New Weight Loss Drug & More

The FDA has ordered that manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products, the most common item used in pelvic organ prolapse (POP) repair, stop selling them. The agency’s move comes amid growing concern about their safety. Just two companies, Boston Scientific and Coloplast, make transvaginal mesh for POP repair. In 2016, transvaginal…

Smoking Pot While Pregnant May Increase Psychosis Risk in Child

Moms to be who smoke marijuana may want to think twice about toking. Continuing to do so while pregnant may boost the risk that their child will develop psychosis later in life. Researchers looked at the records of 4,361 children, of which 201 were exposed to marijuana before birth. Results,…

Marijuana Legalization Linked to More ER Visits

A new study is shedding light on one of the growing impacts of marijuana legalization across the country: It is leading to more emergency room visits. Researchers in Colorado, where cannabis for recreational use was legalized in 2012, examined the records of nearly 10,000 patient ER visits at one hospital…

Marijuana Edibles Can Pose Dangers to Those With Heart Conditions

If you have cardiovascular disease or a heart condition, you might want to lay off eating marijuana edibles as they may cause a heart attack. That’s a warning from researchers, based on the case of a 70-year-old man with stable heart disease who ate a lollipop with THC, one of…

How High? Researchers Test Smoking Pot vs. Vaping to Find Out

With the increased legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational use, there are more ways to experience the effects of marijuana than smoking it. Vaporizers for cannabis oil have become increasingly popular due to the decreased amounts of toxic particles in comparison to combustible smoking. A small study approved…

More Older People Use Marijuana – I’m Concerned

When I think of a typical marijuana user, I admit I tend to stereotype. I see a young person, at home or with friends, smoking a large joint and having a good time. I don’t picture a grandma toking. Yet new research indicates that older people, in fact, are using…

Children Who Use Marijuana Have Higher Risk of Psychotic Symptoms

Adolescents who use marijuana may have an increased risk of experiencing psychotic symptoms (PS). Over an extended period of time, researchers looked at the association between marijuana use and PS in 3,720 children who were 13 years old at the start of the study. They voluntarily completed an annual online…

Can We Answer Questions About Marijuana Once and For All?

A study on teen pot use adds to the debate over marijuana. As more states legalize cannabis, there are unanswered questions about its risks and benefits. It probably comes as little surprise that many teens smoke marijuana. Some have experimented with pot, while others smoke it recreationally. What may be…

Pot Smoking Linked to Hypertension

Recreational smokers of marijuana are 3 times more likely to suffer from hypertension than nonsmokers of pot. That is the conclusion of a study done by researchers who combined data of those who responded to questions on marijuana use during the 2005 US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey with…

Illicit Cannabis Use Rises More in States with Medical Marijuana Laws

States that passed laws legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes saw a bigger increase in illegal marijuana use as well a higher rate of cannabis dependence compared to states without such laws. Researchers examined data from 3 national health-related national surveys involving more than 118,000 adults. Between 1999…

Docs Express Concerns About Side Effects of Medical Marijuana

Although medical marijuana is gaining more and more acceptance throughout the country, a growing number of doctors are expressing concerns about the likelihood that smoking weed harms lungs. While marijuana may possess some medical benefits, some medical experts say there are other ways to take cannabis that minimize the side effects….

Regular Marijuana Use May Damage Eyesight

Researchers have found that regularly smoking cannabis can increase the risk for vision problems. Although the study French researchers conducted was rather small – only 52 study participants and only 28 of them used cannabis regularly – they found that in regular users, the cells in a part of the…

Pot Research: Why It Matters

We should have definitive proof by now that marijuana can calm the side effects of chemo drugs, help with Parkinson’s, epilepsy or glaucoma, but we don’t. We should have definitive proof by now that marijuana can calm the side effects of chemo drugs, help with Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy or glaucoma,…

Does Medical Marijuana Cut Down on Prescription Drug Use?

The rise in the number of states allowing marijuana for medical use seems to be having an unexpected benefit: It has led to fewer drug prescriptions being filled, especially meds used to treat pain. W. David Bradford, PhD, of the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of…

Synthetic Marijuana Overdoses Rising Across the Country

Just a matter of days after more than 30 people in a Brooklyn neighborhood simultaneously overdosed on synthetic marijuana in a scene witnesses described as “zombie” like, a federal report has found that overdoses attributed to the street drug are rising across the country. Also known as K2 or Spice,…

Marijuana Use Impairs Verbal Memory

Individuals with long-term exposure to marijuana may experience significant impairment of verbal memory by the time they reach middle age, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers found that for each additional 5 years of exposure to marijuana, there was a significant decline in performance on…

Pot use in pregnancy may pose risks; warnings needed: AMA

Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding poses potential harms. The American Medical Association pushed for regulations requiring such warnings be written on medical and recreational pot products and posted wherever they’re sold. The decision was made based on studies suggesting marijuana use may be linked with low birth weight, premature…

Marijuana Use More than Doubles from 2001 to 2013

The prevalence of past-year marijuana use climbed to 9.5% of adults in 2012-2013 from 4.1% in 2001-2002, with increases particularly notable among women and individuals who were black, Hispanic, living in the South, middle-aged or older, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. Via JAMA Psychiatry. Posted October…

The Problem with Weed

For many years I stood in favor of legalizing pot. The primary reason for my opinion was that it is not healthy for a society to consider a common behavior criminal. You can’t put 20% of our kids in jail. I advocated on this blog to regulate pot (What We Don’t Know…

Study Finds Smoking Marijuana Regularly Has Low Impact on Lungs

A new study out of Emory University found that lifetime marijuana use up to 20 joint-years is not associated with adverse changes in spirometric (exhalation strength) measures of lung health. They found that adults between the ages of 18 and 59 who smoke one marijuana cigarette per day had the…

Weed is not like Wine

Marijuana’s potency is different every time you use it. Wine and alcohol have a consistent effect. That’s why there’s no “breathalizer” or easy test for impairment. Learn more about why weed legalization will cause problems

What We Don’t Know About Marijuana

We don’t have answers about the medical ramifications of marijuana. “I’m afraid I’m sounding like this is an evil drug that’s going to ruin our civilization and I don’t really think that,” Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said in USA Today. “But there are aspects of this…