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THC lingers in breastmilk with no clear peak point

Wed, 2024-05-08 07:37
When breastfeeding mothers in a recent study used cannabis, its psychoactive component THC showed up in the milk they produced. The research also found that, unlike alcohol, when THC was detected in milk there was no consistent time when its concentration peaked and started to decline. Importantly, the researchers discovered that the amount of THC they detected in milk was low -- they estimated that infants received an average of 0.07 mg of THC per day. For comparison, a common low-dose edible contains 2 mg of THC. The research team stressed that it is unknown whether this amount has any impact on the infant.
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New study finds increase in exposures to synthetic tetrahydrocannabinols among young children, teens, and adults

Tue, 2024-05-07 12:59
A sharp rise in exposures to synthetic cannabis products among youth -- some leading to hospitalization -- highlights the need for increased education around the dangers of exposure and increased focus on safe storage and packaging.
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Follow-up 50 years on finds landmark steroid study remains safe

Mon, 2024-04-22 19:25
A follow-up analysis 50 years later finds no adverse heart health risk from Professor Mont Liggins' landmark steroid study to reduce illness and death for pre-term babies.
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A common pathway in the brain that enables addictive drugs to hijack natural reward processing

Thu, 2024-04-18 14:51
Researchers have uncovered a mechanism in the brain that allows cocaine and morphine to take over natural reward processing systems.
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Crackdown on illicit drugs detects rise in 'designer' drug substitutes

Mon, 2024-03-25 20:02
As authorities crack down on illicit drugs, experts have issued an alert on the use of the synthetic stimulant pentylone, as new research finds a 75% increase in detections across Australia.
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Steroid drugs used for HRT can combat E. coli and MRSA

Wed, 2024-03-13 11:55
Researchers have combined computational and microbiology laboratory approaches to identify existing drugs that can be repurposed to combat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. This research has revealed that a class of steroid drugs currently used in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can also stop the growth of antibiotic-resistant E. coli and effectively kill MRSA.
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Delta-8-THC use reported by 11% of 12th graders in 2023

Tue, 2024-03-12 11:37
Approximately 11% of 12th-grade students across the United States reported past-year use of delta-8- tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8-THC, or delta-8 for short), according to an analysis of data from the 2023 Monitoring the Future survey. Delta-8 is a psychoactive substance that is typically derived from hemp, a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant. Delta-8 has intoxicating effects similar to delta-9-THC (delta-9), the primary THC component responsible for the 'high' people may experience from using cannabis.
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'Study drugs' set the stage for other drug use and mental health decline

Mon, 2024-03-11 12:57
Taking 'study drugs' like Adderall without a diagnosis is not only dangerous in itself, but can lead to other drug use and a decline in mental health, according to new research.
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Continued cocaine use disrupts communication between major brain networks

Wed, 2024-02-28 13:47
New research provides new insights into the brain processes underlying cocaine addiction. The findings are crucial for developing new therapeutics and identifying an imaging marker for cocaine use disorders.
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Cannabis use linked to increase in heart attack and stroke risk

Wed, 2024-02-28 09:53
More frequent use of cannabis was associated with higher odds of adverse cardiovascular outcomes, finds new study.
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CBD shown to ease anxiety without the risks that can come with THC

Tue, 2024-02-27 15:21
A new study of 300 people with anxiety shows that the nonintoxicating compound, CBD, found in cannabis can quell anxiety better than THC-dominant products -- and without the side-effects.
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Anabolic steroid use can increase heart disease risk, study finds

Tue, 2024-02-13 11:04
People using anabolic steroids could be increasing their underlying risk of a heart condition called atrial fibrillation, according to a new study.
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A closer look at cannabis use and binge eating

Tue, 2024-02-13 11:04
New research examined how often people experiencing binge eating are also using cannabis recreationally, and whether patients who use cannabis experience more severe eating disorder symptoms or symptoms of struggling with mental health.
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Asthma rates climb for high school students as cannabis use increases

Mon, 2024-01-29 10:24
Asthma is more common among high school students who use cannabis, relative to those who do not and the prevalence of asthma increases with the frequency of its use among the students, according to a new study.
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