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Surge in Hospitalizations Linked to Fake Pot in New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued a warning after more than 160 people in just nine days have been sent to emergency departments for adverse reactions to synthetic marijuana. The story highlights the dangers of the synthetic drugs, often known as “K2” or “spice,” which have been the subject of much scrutiny in recent …

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Drug Combo ‘Gumbo’ Wreaks Havoc in Southeast Texas

Southeast Texas is in the midst of a gumbo epidemic, and it isn’t the Creole classic you may be thinking of. The “gumbo” causing problems is a combination of drugs: usually marijuana mixed with ecstasy, cocaine and PCP (phencyclidine), with some even adding synthetic marijuana into the mix. Although the drug is causing problems in …

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New Study Links Marijuana to Schizophrenia

As two states have voted to legalize recreational marijuana, and several others will vote on legalization in upcoming elections, the federal government has been evaluating the information about the potential risks related to marijuana use. On June 5, 2014, members of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) published the results of their evaluation in …

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What Is Marijuana Wax?

Wax is the most potent form of cannabis available today. The drug first appeared in California but has rapidly spread across the country over the past decade. Named for its waxy consistency, marijuana wax is extremely concentrated and offers an intense high that can take even experienced users by surprise. While wax (or cannabis concentrate) …

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Yes, Marijuana Really Can Be Addictive

Marijuana has a puzzling reputation. Many people believe that recreational marijuana use should be legalized, and that medical marijuana should have widespread availability. Yet marijuana remains illegal in most countries, including the United States, and the idea of legalization has many firm opponents.

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Depressed Marijuana Smokers Have Harder Time Quitting

Marijuana is a plant-based drug capable of producing significant abuse- or addiction-related problems, known collectively as symptoms of a condition called cannabis use disorder. People who smoke marijuana have unusually high chances of being affected by major depression or other forms of depressive illness. In a study scheduled for publication in April 2014 in the …

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A Review of the Research on Marijuana: It Isn’t Kid Stuff

Statistics and opinions vary in the ongoing national debate about marijuana, but in one area, there is widespread agreement: kids and cannabis are a bad combination. Studies have linked adolescent marijuana use to neurological harm, an increased risk of addiction and a variety of mental health concerns. As the American Academy of Child and Adolescent …

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