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It’s not what you see: Adolescent cannabis exposure impacts how the brain functions, even if it doesn’t affect brain structure

A recent article published in the journal, Addiction, looked at the impact of adolescent alcohol and cannabis use on brain structural characteristics. The scientists used a brain imaging technique called MRI (yes, the same thing used to diagnose your torn ACL) and looked at numerous characteristics relating to number of brain cells and how they […]

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Can cannabis make you vomit? The science behind Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

For a comprehensive discussion of the topic, see my article on Civilized. Cannabis has long been known to treat nausea and vomiting. After all, Dronabinol is a cannabis-based FDA-approved medication to help treat nausea associated with chemotherapy. So can cannabis also make you vomit? Turns out, in some cases, it can. Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) […]

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Cannabis and Pain: Why cannabis is a powerful weapon to fight the opioid epidemic

One of the greatest public health issues facing the country is the worsening opioid epidemic. Prescription opioids are the first line of pain treatment following surgery or other pain-related conditions. The benefit of these drugs is that they work, at least in the short term. But overtime, tolerance to the drug develops, requiring the user […]

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Cannabis protects the brain after injury

Note: for a more thorough discussion on the issue, please see my article on Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affect an estimated 42 million people annually and carry a massive $76.5 economic burden in the United States, alone. Many of these TBIs are sports related, but they also result from vehicle accidents and war. Nearly […]