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Researchers identify new biomarkers to detect consumption of emerging illicit drug

Mon, 2021-08-30 09:33
A team of researchers has come up with a new solution to boost the surveillance of designer drug abuse. The team has identified three new urinary biomarkers that could be used to detect consumption of ADB-BUTINACA, an emerging synthetic cannabinoid which is a type of new psychoactive substance. The innovative approach used to identify the biomarkers can be applied to other existing and new synthetic cannabinoids.
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How adolescents used drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tue, 2021-08-24 08:41
Among adolescents ages 10 to 14 in the U.S, the overall rate of drug use remained relatively stable in the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, one change was a decreased use of alcohol, but an increased use of nicotine and misuse of prescription drugs.
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Possible antidote for club drug GHB overdose

Mon, 2021-08-23 10:57
Diclofenac and other NSAIDs may limit the passage of narcolepsy medication and illicit party drug GHB to the brain, decreasing the potential for fatal overdose, researchers find.
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Teens who use cannabis frequently more likely to have premature baby

Thu, 2021-08-19 08:27
Teenagers who use cannabis frequently may be more likely to have children born preterm, when they become parents up to twenty years later, finds a new study. The research repeatedly assessed 665 participants in a general population cohort on their tobacco and cannabis use between ages 14 to 29 years, before pregnancy.
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Cancer patients use less marijuana than general public, study finds

Fri, 2021-08-13 13:20
A new study shows that between 2013 and 2018, as many U.S. states were legalizing recreational marijuana, cancer patients continued to abstain in large numbers.
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Second-hand marijuana smoke exposure associated with respiratory infections in children

Thu, 2021-07-29 10:22
Children whose parents regularly smoke or vape marijuana may experience viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, more frequently than those whose parents do not smoke, according to a new study.
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Study shows strong association between perceived risk, availability and past-year cannabis use

Thu, 2021-07-15 07:08
Combined perceptions of the risk and availability of cannabis influence the risk of cannabis use more than perceived risk and perceived availability alone, according to a new study. Researchers observed that those who perceived cannabis as low-risk and available were more likely to report using the drug in the past year and almost daily compared to those individuals who perceived cannabis as high-risk and unavailable. This is the first study to consider the joint effects of perceived risk and perceived availability.
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Study shows Cannabis terpenes provide pain relief, contribute to 'entourage effect'

Wed, 2021-07-14 09:04
Researchers have found that terpenes mimic cannabinoids and produce similar pain-relieving effects, which are amplified when the two are used together.
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Adolescent marijuana, alcohol use held steady during COVID-19 pandemic

Thu, 2021-06-24 11:55
Adolescent marijuana use and binge drinking did not significantly change during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite record decreases in the substances' perceived availability, according to a survey of 12th graders in the United States. The study's findings challenge the idea that reducing adolescent use of drugs can be achieved solely by limiting their supply.
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People with fibromyalgia are substituting CBD for opioids to manage pain

Thu, 2021-06-24 10:17
As the ravages of the opioid epidemic lead many to avoid these powerful painkillers, a significant number of people with fibromyalgia are finding an effective replacement in CBD-containing products, finds a new study.
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Predisposition to addiction may be genetic, study finds

Thu, 2021-06-10 07:10
People who have a high sensation-seeking trait in the brain could be more susceptible to drug addition, according to a new study.
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Early exposure to cannabis compounds reduces later neural activity in zebrafish

Wed, 2021-06-02 10:59
Zebrafish exposed to the leading cannabinoids found in cannabis in the earliest stages of development suffer a significant drop in neural activity later in life, according to a new study that has implications for prenatal development in humans.
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