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Butane Hash Oil Dangerous Marijuana Fad

In the midst of a massive shift in public opinion about the status of marijuana, the popularity and availability of a potent concentrate has been growing and it has many health officials worried. The substance is called butane hash oil, and right now, it’s all the rage among young cannabis enthusiasts.

Male, Female Gamblers Develop Different Vices, Study Finds

People who gamble can develop patterns of behavior that closely mimic those found in people addicted to substances such as stimulants, opioid narcotics or sedatives. According to guidelines set forth in 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), doctors can diagnose this addictive relationship to gambling as a condition called gambling disorder. In a study …

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When the Doctor Is the Addict

Self-medication and prescription drug abuse are problems that almost all doctors have to deal with in some form or another. Self-medication is defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as “the selection and use of medications by individuals to treat self-recognized or self-diagnosed conditions.” The practice of self-medication is risky for a variety of …

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Kennedy Assails Obama on Marijuana Claims

The war on drugs seems to be grinding to a halt across the U.S., thanks to legislation enacted in Colorado and Washington allowing the legal sale of marijuana and an apparent nationwide shift in opinion on the subject. Now, as the first legal, retail store purchases of marijuana are getting underway in Colorado, New York …

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Can Simple Finger Test Predict Suicide Risk?

People affected by depression-related mental disorders have increased chances of attempting and committing suicide. Examples of these disorders include major depression, persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) and various forms of bipolar disorder. In a study published in September 2013 in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, a team of Swedish and German researchers examined the usefulness of …

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Can We Predict Who Will Crave Alcohol?

In the context of substance use, craving means a strong urge to drink more alcohol or take more drugs or medications. People affected by substance cravings are significantly at-risk for developing substance use disorder. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from three U.S. institutions sought to determine whether …

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Adults Fear E-Cigarettes Will Encourage Kids to Start Smoking Tobacco

E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, are designed to provide doses of vaporized nicotine to users when activated. Some current research indicates that these devices may prove useful as nicotine replacement products for people trying to quit smoking. However, other research indicates that the devices may serve as gateways for further nicotine use among teenagers and younger …

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