In 2009, the harmful effects of a man-made drug with names such as Spice, K2, Kush, Bliss, Joker, Mr. Nice Guy and hundreds of others, started eliciting widespread health-related reports. Synthetic marijuana contains far more powerful chemicals than marijuana, with varying amounts of the pharmacological agent, depending on the lab and batch.
Eyes: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical responsible for the marijuana high, lowers blood pressure, impacting cells in the eyes. Blood vessels in the eyes expand in response to low blood pressure, a normal response to maintain proper vision. Dilated capillaries and open blood vessels increase blood flow, leading to bloodshot eyes. Redness is more visible against the white part of the eye (sclera). The higher the THC content, the greater the likelihood of bloodshot eyes, therefore edibles can also cause this side effect. Marijuana smoke creates additional eye irritation in some people. This can result in itchy, dry and watery eyes in addition to a “bloodshot” appearance.
Adults aged 50 and older are among the more than 3 million people in the United States who have opioid or opiate addictions. Overuse or misuse of prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone is so widespread that President Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a public “health emergency.”
New findings from a team of Pakistani scientists point to the potential for altered puberty and growth rates in adolescent boys with an addiction to the popular recreational drug marijuana.
New findings from a team of American researchers link marijuana and alcohol consumption in teenagers to significant changes in the sleeping patterns necessary to support health and well-being.
Marijuana has dethroned the tobacco cigarette as the vice of choice among U.S. college students. About 6% of college students said they’d smoked marijuana nearly every day daily in 2014, according to data released in September 2015 by Monitoring the Future, an ongoing national survey conducted at the University of Michigan. That percentage, up from 3.5% in 2007, is the highest figure in the study’s 34-year history. By contrast, only 5% of students said they smoked cigarettes every day, a staggering decline from the 19% who admitted to daily smoking in 1999.
As more voters decide to make recreational marijuana legal, its safety naturally comes into question. At the top of the list is the question of addiction. Marijuana has long been considered non-addictive, especially when compared to drugs like heroin or cocaine, but is that really true? You may be surprised to hear that you can get hooked on marijuana. Smoking pot recreationally carries a real risk that you will become an addict.
New findings from a group of American researchers indicate that exposure to pro-marijuana tweets may influence teenagers’ chances of using marijuana, a practice that’s especially harmful at an early age.
A federal court judge has agreed to examine federal marijuana law for the first time in decades. The issue focuses on removing marijuana from classification alongside powerfully addictive drugs of no medicinal value, such as heroin and LSD. But what does the case potentially mean in practical terms for the general public?
A prestigious research laboratory has confirmed what many suspected: the marijuana being sold in Colorado is far more potent than what was available on the black market right before the state’s voters decided to legalize the drug.
New findings from a group of U.S. researchers indicate that teenagers and preteens who use marijuana have statistically increased chances of experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness, a condition associated with narcolepsy and other serious sleep disorders.
Teenage consumers of marijuana have significantly heightened risks for several seriously negative outcomes, including cannabis addiction and psychosis. In a study published in February 2015 in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, researchers from three U.S. institutions used urine drug testing to estimate the odds that adolescent marijuana users will develop narcolepsy and other manifestations of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). These researchers found a strong connection between teen and preteen marijuana intake and the presence of certain EDS-related conditions.
Critics of marijuana legalization have often resorted to exaggeration and hyperbole to justify their position. But this is a sword that cuts both ways — marijuana advocates are often guilty of the very same behavior, making questionable claims about the benefits users of the drug can obtain.
Teenagers possessing two particular personality traits have increased odds of early marijuana use, a new study by Dutch researchers finds.
Like any other intoxicating chemical, the active ingredient in marijuana (THC) can affect biological functioning in a complex and multi-varied way. In fact, a new study on the effects of marijuana on the brain published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that long-term marijuana smokers suffer a noticeable reduction in brain grey matter. In short, marijuana changes the brain, and not for the better.
Marijuana is more controversial than ever these days. With legalization for medical use in more than 20 states and legalization for recreational use in two, the drug continues to be the subject for debate.
One of the hot topics is addiction. Some people claim that marijuana is not addictive, but most experts know better. While not as addictive as many other drugs, it can and does lead to dependence. The real issue now is that teens are getting hooked on smoking pot.