cannabis

What is the target of the marijuana industry?

According to a new study,unlicensed marijuana dispensaries in California are opening in black and Latino neighborhoods at a disproportionately high rate, following a similar pattern taken by alcohol and tobacco retailers. Researchers say this trend could worsen existing health disparities for minority and poor communities because highly potent products sold in unlicensed dispensaries are less likely to be tested for safety, have no safe packaging for children, and are often cheaper than highly regulated products

Marijuana: what the doctor needs to know

Marijuana is the most widely consumed illicit substance worldwide, with an estimated 192 million individuals reporting its use in the last 12 months in 2018, according to the 2020 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODCP). An article by Dr. Sergio Nicastri, a psychiatrist in the clinical staff of the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein sought to summarize some relevant issues related to marijuana and its consumption. Important points to

Illicit Drug Use and the Genetic Overlap with Cannabis Use

Citation
Vink, J. M., Veul, L., Abdellaoui, A., Hottenga, J. J., Boomsma, D. I., & Verweij, K. J. (2020). Illicit Drug Use and the Genetic Overlap with Cannabis Use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 108102.

Abstract

Background

The use of illicit substances is correlated, meaning that individuals who use one illicit substance are more likely to also use another illicit substance. This association could (partly) be explained by overlapping genetic factors. Genetic overlap may indicate a common underlying genetic predisposition, or can be the result of a causal association.

 

Association of Recreational Cannabis Laws in Colorado and Washington State With Changes in Traffic Fatalities, 2005-2017

Citation
Santaella-Tenorio J, Wheeler-Martin K, DiMaggio CJ, et al. Association of Recreational Cannabis Laws in Colorado and Washington State With Changes in Traffic Fatalities, 2005-2017. JAMA Intern Med. Published online June 22, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.1757
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Abstract

Importance: An important consequence of cannabis legalization is the potential increase in the number of cannabis-impaired drivers on roads, which may result in higher rates of traffic-related injuries and fatalities. To date, limited information about the effects of recreational cannabis laws (RCLs) on traffic fatalities is available.

Alcohol, MDMA and cannabis use: Impact on the adolescent brain

Created by
The Matilda Centre

 

This webinar is for teachers, school staff, parents and others who are interested in understanding the effect of drugs on adolescent brain. It explores the development of adolescent brain and how this process is interrupted by the use of alcohol, MDMA and cannabis.

It provides information on harm reduction strategies that parents and teachers can implement amongst teenagers, in order to reduce harm.