Cannabis Use and Acute Myocardial Infarctions in Young People

Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. Although a considerable amount of research has been focused on the neurological effects of this drug, little work has been done to understand its cardiovascular (CV) effects. Image Credits: Mike Rosecope / Shutterstock.com The pharmacodynamics of THC The…

UN agency removes cannabis from strictest drug category

The U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted Wednesday to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs, which could impact the global medical marijuana industry. The Vienna-based U.N. agency said in a statement that it had voted 27-25, with one abstention, to remove cannabis…

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…