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Early-and-regular cannabis use by youth is associated with alteration in brain circuits that support cognitive control

Did you know that? 21 June 2019 | 0 Comments

The development of neural circuits in youth, at a particularly important time in their lives, can be heavily influenced by external factors — specifically the frequent and regular use of cannabis. A new study reports that alterations in cognitive control — an ensemble of processes by which the mind governs, regulates and guides behaviors, impulses, […]

Marijuana use increases, shifts away from illegal market

Did you know that? 18 June 2019 | 0 Comments

A new article reports that, based on analysis of public wastewater samples in at least one Western Washington population center, cannabis use both increased and substantially shifted from the illicit market since retail sales began in 2014.

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Gene linked to cannabis abuse

Did you know that? 18 June 2019 | 0 Comments

New research shows that a specific gene is associated with an increased risk of cannabis abuse. The gene is the source of a so-called nicotine receptor in the brain, and people with low amounts of this receptor have an increased risk of cannabis abuse.

Formation of habitual use drives cannabis addiction

Did you know that? 13 June 2019 | 0 Comments

A shift from brain systems controlling reward-driven use to habit-driven use differentiates heavy cannabis users who are addicted to the drug from users who aren’t, according to a new study. The findings help explain how the brain becomes dependent on cannabis, and why not all cannabis users develop an addiction, even with long-term regular use.

Medical marijuana does not reduce opioid deaths

Did you know that? 12 June 2019 | 0 Comments

Legalizing medical marijuana does not reduce the rate of fatal opioid overdoses, according to researchers.