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Fri
27
May

4 signs you're addicted to marijuana, experts warn

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These red flags could mean you've lost control over your cannabis use.

With recreational marijuana use now legal in many states, many people are enjoying cannabis safely and guilt-free. But while many people use this popular psychoactive drug without any adverse effects, a study published in the Dec. 2015 issue of JAMA Psychiatry estimated that three in 10 people who habitually use cannabis have "marijuana use disorder," and a 2011 study found that frequent users have a 10 percent chance of becoming addicted to the drug.

Could your cannabis use be creating problems without you even realizing it? Read on to find out what behaviors and symptoms signal marijuana addiction, and how it could be impacting your quality of life.

Thu
26
May

Does CBD help with social anxiety? What the latest medical studies say

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What is otherwise considered normal for the rest of us, such as making eye contact, talking to people, and interacting with others, is extremely difficult and nerve-wrecking for the socially anxious.

Being an introvert is different from having social anxiety. Whereas its normal for introverts to feel drained from social interactions, social anxiety is actually a type of mental illness that causes a person to experience fear during social situations.

Also known as social phobia, people who suffer from this condition experience severe dread and fear whenever they have to do anything with other people; it could be public speaking, making a presentation, attending a party, or even a simple family gathering.

Thu
26
May

Surprising side effects of smoking marijuana

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Although pot has its benefits, it's not without side effects.

The public acceptance of marijuana has skyrocketed in recent years, and increased legalization means that more people have access to recreational marijuana than ever. Although pot has its benefits, it's not without side effects, some you may never have considered. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

 

 

1. Lung irritation

Unlike tobacco, marijuana use has not been found to raise the risk of lung cancer. But it still involves inhaling smoke, which can be hard on your lungs.

Thu
26
May

Research chemicals provide dangerous, experimental highs to desperate users

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In a country where over 1 million people get arrested for drug-related crimes every year, a legal loophole exists that makes ordering thousands of different drugs so accessible you can purchase them with your debit card.

Thu
26
May

Patients who use marijuana may need more sedation during endoscopies

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If you use pot, you may need more sedation than normal during a gastric endoscopy, according to a new study.

"Patients didn't have increased awareness or discomfort during procedures, but they did require more drugs," lead author Dr. Yasmin Nasser said in a news release from the American Gastroenterological Association. Nasser is an assistant professor in the Institute for Chronic Diseases at the University of Calgary School of Medicine in Canada.

With increases in marijuana legalization and use, doctors need to be aware of patients' use of the drug and prepare themselves and their patients for the possible need of increased sedation and associated risks, the study authors said.

Thu
26
May

Hemp for weight loss? “Diet Weed” THCV takes fitness world by storm

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CBD from hemp and THC from cannabis have been rising in popularity for years, but have you heard of THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin)? THCV gummies and oils are taking the fitness and diet world by storm. This is because THCV effects include increased energy and focus as well as appetite suppression. This stimulating rare cannabinoid has been referred to as “diet weed” or “skinny pot” due to its THCV weight loss potential. In this article, we’ll answer your questions about this unique hemp compound: What is THCV? What are THCV benefits? Does THCV weight loss work?

Wed
25
May

Psilocybin causes ‘significant reduction’ in symptoms of depression, largest of its kind study shows

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COMPASS Pathways psilocybin study shows a significant improvement in treatment-resistant depression symptoms.

At the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2022 Annual Meeting that began on May 21 in New Orleans, Louisiana, COMPASS Pathways unveiled the “largest randomized, controlled, double-blind study of psilocybin therapy ever completed,” according to a May 24 press release, and the data shows “significant” improvements to treatment-resistant depression (TRD) symptoms.

Wed
25
May

Doctors wary of cannabis as a medicine

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Doctors seem wary of prescribing approved cannabis products ahead of substantial clinical trials, and patients are missing out, writes Dr Karen Oldfield

Awareness of cannabis as a medicinal product has been rising significantly. Doctors in Aotearoa New Zealand report more patients are asking about the use of cannabis as a medicine—and patients report they’re comfortable discussing the drug with their doctors.

But there are still obstacles facing those who want to use cannabis for medicinal purposes. My research found many patients who had spoken to their doctor about it did not receive a prescription.

Tue
24
May

Is cannabis effective in managing bipolar disorder symptoms?

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Debate surrounding the legality of medical cannabis in Malaysia re-emerged recently following the arrest last month of nasyid singer Muhammad Yasin Sulaiman, who has bipolar disorder.

On March 31, the 47-year old Yasin, who is also a composer, was charged with drug trafficking after officers found 17 cannabis plants and 214 grams of dried plant material at his home in Kota Damansara, near here.

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mental illness that brings severe high and low moods and changes in sleep, energy, thinking, and behaviour. It affects work, school, relationships, physical health and many other aspects of everyday life.

Tue
24
May

Ask a doctor: Can I trust that my physician won’t judge my marijuana use?

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When asked by friends and patients who express concerns about their physicians, I tell them that if they cannot trust their physician with personal information, they need to change physicians if possible.

As many patients fill out their intake forms for their health care providers, some feel a concern that their honesty about aspects of their lifestyle may cause them to receive prejudiced healthcare. Part of being a great physician or health care provider is the ability to be non-judgmental about patients and their lifestyle choices. Trust is essential to care.

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