28 Feb 2013
Marijuana is the drug that most people are familiar with when it comes to cannabis, but another, more potent drug comes from the same plant called cannabis. Hashish is more popular in other parts of the world than in the U.S., but it is here too. Use of hashish carries the same dangers as using marijuana, but amplified. It causes adverse health effects and can lead to addiction.
07 Feb 2013
The recent decriminalization of marijuana in Washington state and Colorado has drawn attention to the power of the young voter. Young voters are deeply concerned with personal freedoms. It may be important, however, to spend some time educating younger voters about the inherent dangers of some freedoms – recreational drug use being one of them. Contrary to what many young people may imagine, using some drugs even just occasionally for recreational purposes can pose an immediate threat to the health and life of a person.
The United States as a nation is the largest single consumer of illicit drugs in the world. In addition to consuming the largest number of illicit substances overall, the U.S. is also either the largest or one of the largest consumers of each of the principle varieties of illicit drugs.
24 Jan 2013
Synthetic marijuana, also known as synthetic pot or synthetic cannabis, is the name given to a group of products made from a combination of natural plant material and any one of a number of different chemicals called synthetic cannabinoids. When they enter your brain, these chemicals produce an effect that closely mimics the effects of the natural cannabinoid in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. In 2012, the U.S. government banned the production, sale and/or possession of the cannabinoids found in the most widely distributed forms of synthetic marijuana, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency followed up this new legislation with a nationwide raid on distributors of these products.
The recent legalization of medical marijuana in Colorado provides an alternative pain treatment for those with chronic illnesses, such as cancer. Many believe that the use of marijuana should be extended beyond medical applications. While it has been argued that marijuana has certain benefits, research shows that marijuana can have dangerous effects, such as instances of psychosis among those with a history of marijuana use.
04 Jan 2013
Many Americans agree, and have shown with their votes, that marijuana should be legal for medical purposes. It has been proven to be a potent pain reliever and to help heal and treat certain conditions. Voters have already legalized it for these purposes in nearly half of all states. What about using this as a medication in children, though? A recent report by ABC News is raising questions about the efficacy and safety of giving cannabis to children.
As a few states begin to revel in their freedom to use marijuana legally, experts caution people to consider some of the negative health effects that may occur when using marijuana regularly and heavily. Researchers and public health officials have studied how the body reacts to heavy use of marijuana, compared the effects of smoking marijuana and tobacco, and discovered connections between using marijuana and other health conditions of which users should be aware.
18 Dec 2012
Individuals are showing up in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms complaining of recurring vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain. Doctors try to diagnose the common symptoms and find a cause and then a treatment for the individual. Most doctors would not automatically conclude that these symptoms could be due to smoking marijuana, yet researchers have uncovered a relatively new disorder called cannabinoid hyperemesis in which marijuana may cause these sickening symptoms.