Cannabis may be used to treat fractures

276419-40412-19Cannabis – marijuana, hashish – was used as a go-to medical remedy by societies around the world for centuries. But the therapeutic use of marijuana was banned in most countries in the 1930s and ’40s due to a growing awareness of the dangers of addiction. The significant medical benefits of marijuana in alleviating symptoms of such diseases as Parkinson’s, cancer, and multiple sclerosis have only recently been reinvestigated.

A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research by Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University researchers explores another promising new medical application for marijuana. According to the research, the administration of the non-psychotropic component cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) significantly helps heal bone fractures. The study, conducted on rats with mid-femoral fractures, found that CBD – even when isolated from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the major psychoactive component of cannabis – markedly enhanced the healing process of the femora after just eight weeks.

 

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Places with more marijuana dispensaries have more marijuana-related hospitalizations

143185310People who live in areas of California with a higher density of marijuana dispensaries experience a greater number of hospitalizations involving marijuana abuse and dependence, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis discovered.

The National Institutes of Health-funded research, published online and scheduled for the Sept. 1 issue of the scientific journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, could be informative as more states consider legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use. It is the first analysis of the statewide impact of marijuana dispensaries on abuse and dependence, as well as the first look at population characteristics associated with marijuana-related hospitalization rates Read more

Marijuana is still “harmful and dangerous”, but …

Drug-Abuse-Is-A-Global-EpidemicThe new Drug Enforcement Administration chief has finally made it clear: Marijuana is safer than heroin.

DEA head Chuck Rosenberg told reporters Wednesday morning at the administration’s headquarters that “heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana,” clarifying a less definitive statement he made last week, when he said marijuana is “probably not” as dangerous as heroin. Rosenberg said cannabis is still “harmful and dangerous,” but that his original remarks should have been clearer. Read more

Teen marijuana use not linked to later depression

marijuana-smoking-131013Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University tracked 408 males from adolescence into their mid-30s for the study, which was published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

What we found was a little surprising,” said lead researcher Jordan Bechtold, PhD, a psychology research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “There were no differences in any of the mental or physical health outcomes that we measured regardless of the amount or frequency of marijuana used during adolescence.”

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Do I need Rehab if I got a DUI?

hqdefaultIf the person using illegal drugs or misusing prescription drugs -it can result in unsafe car driving. It is similar to driving while under influence of alcohol. Driving after abusing drugs may cause serious physical damages for the driver as well as for the passengers. In some cases drugged driving can lead to death.

Drunk or drugged driving is very dangerous! Every drug produces different effects in the brain. Some drugs (like marijuana) may decrease a reaction time, impair judgment, and slow your motor coordination. Other drugs (like meth or cocaine) cause the driver to be aggressive and reckless while driving. In addition, certain prescription sedatives can cause dizziness and drowsiness, which can lead to unsafe driving and potential accident. Read more