EU youth drinking less, swapping tobacco for cannabis: study

Young Europeans are drinking less alcohol and also smoking less—but are increasingly dabbling with cannabis, a continent-wide study showed Thursday. “Smoking and drinking among 15-16-year-old school students are showing signs of decline, but there are concerns over potentially risky cannabis use and the challenges posed by new addictive behaviour,” according…

Secrets of the molecular makeup of cannabis

High levels of cannabidiol (CBD) in cannabis can offset the neuropsychiatric effects of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by preventing activation of an emotional processing pathway, according to research recently published in JNeurosci. Previous research has shown that strains of cannabis with high levels of THC and low levels of CBD have increased…

‘Cannabis addiction’ gene has been discovered by scientists

‘Cannabis addiction gene’ that could make people more likely to abuse the drug is discovered by scientists in a ‘really important’ breakthrough Gene CHRNA2 regulates a ‘nicotine receptor’ in the brain, scientists have said  Low levels of this receptor has been linked to an increased of marijuana abuse Discovery could…

Heavy pot smokers may need higher dosage for sedation

People who regularly use cannabis may require more than two times the usual level of sedation when undergoing medical procedures, warns a new study. “Some of the sedative medications have dose-dependent side effects, meaning the higher the dose, the greater likelihood for problems,” said lead researcher Mark Twardowski from Western…

Private firm will give girl, three, free medical cannabis

Epileptic girl, three, whose family couldn’t get medicinal cannabis on the NHS is ‘saved’ after Canadian firm gives her the drug for free meaning she no longer suffers 30 seizures a day Jorja Emerson, from County Down in Northern Ireland, is given cannabis oil Her father, Robin, said a pharmaceutical…