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Medical Marijuana Legalization Linked To Reduced Opioid Use By Cancer Patients, American Medical Association Study Finds

Science & Health Archives – Marijuana Moment  State-level medical marijuana legalization is associated with a significant decrease in opioid prescriptions and use among certain cancer patients, according to a new study from the American Medical Association. The study, which analyzed data on insurance claims from 38,189 people with recently diagnosed cancer, found that medical cannabis …

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Federally Funded Study Shows Marijuana Legalization Is Not Associated With Increased Teen Use

Science & Health Archives – Marijuana Moment  A new study funded by a top federal drug agency has found that state-level marijuana legalization is not associated with increased youth cannabis use. The research article, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine this month, looked at data from three longitudinal studies on past-year cannabis consumption …

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Federal Agency Outlines Psychedelic Research Priorities And Guidance For Studies Involving Animals, Adults And Children

Science & Health Archives – Marijuana Moment  A federal health agency is giving researchers guidance on the types of studies it’s interested in funding for the development of psychedelic drugs to treat certain mental health conditions, pointing out limitations for animal-based research and rules for trials involving children. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) …

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Legal Marijuana Access Tied To Lower Risk Of Lung Injuries From Contaminated Vapes, Study Indicates

Science & Health Archives – Marijuana Moment  A new study adds to the body of research indicating that access to legal and regulated marijuana markets served a “protective” purpose for people who vaped cannabis during a 2019 outbreak of lung injuries related to contaminated products. Researchers at Johns Hopkins, New York University and the American …

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People Who Use Psychedelics Are More Connected To Nature And Knowledgeable About Climate Change, Study Finds

Science & Health Archives – Marijuana Moment  People who use psychedelics like psilocybin are generally more connected to nature and knowledgable about climate change—traits that tend to translate into pro-environmental behavior—according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Innsbruck in Austria and the University of Zurich in Switzerland conducted an international study to …

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Most Americans Don’t Think Marijuana Is Dangerous Despite Prohibitionist Arguments, Poll Finds

Science & Health Archives – Marijuana Moment  Most Americans don’t think marijuana is dangerous despite efforts by legalization opponents to cast the plant in a negative light, according to a new poll. Rasmussen Reports surveyed 1,000 Americans to learn about their views about drug misuse in the U.S., the perceived dangerousness of cannabis and the …

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Federal Marijuana Prohibition Is Putting Patients At Risk Of Consuming Contaminated Products, Study Finds

Science & Health Archives – Marijuana Moment  The ongoing federal prohibition of marijuana is getting between consumers and safe products, according to a new study resulting from a year-long investigation into the prevalence of various contaminants in lab-tested cannabis. Looking at disparities in legal states’ approach to contaminants, as well as robust data from samples …

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Medical Marijuana Helps Patients Reduce Use Of Addictive Opioid Painkillers, Study Finds

Science & Health Archives – Marijuana Moment  Another study has found that giving people legal access to medical marijuana can help patients reduce their use of opioid painkillers, or cease use altogether, without compromising quality of life. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Substance Use and Misuse on Wednesday, surveyed registered medical cannabis patients …

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Despite The Munchies, Marijuana Legalization Is Tied To Lower Obesity Rates, Stereotype-Busting Study Finds

Science & Health Archives – Marijuana Moment  Another recent study is dismantling marijuana stereotypes, with researchers finding that adult-use legalization is actually associated with decreased levels of obesity despite the fact that cannabis is well-known appetite stimulator. The study—published this month by the Journal of Health Economics—analyzed obesity data in Washington State, one of the …

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Top Federal Drug Agency Seeking Marijuana Grower Able To Cultivate And Analyze 4 Million Grams Of Cannabis

Science & Health Archives – Marijuana Moment  A top federal drug agency is now officially soliciting proposals for a contractor to grow, harvest and analyze millions of grams of marijuana for research purposes. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) published a request for proposal (RFP) notice last week, stating that it’s seeking manufacturers that …

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Pharmaceutical Industry Suffers Billions In Losses After States Legalize Marijuana, New Study Finds

Science & Health Archives – Marijuana Moment  The pharmaceutical industry takes a serious economic hit after states legalize marijuana—with an average market loss of nearly $10 billion for drugmakers per each legalization event—according to a first-of-its-kind study. The peer-reviewed research article, published in the journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday, looked at stock return and prescription …

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