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June 18, 2023

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Cannabinoids Give Worms the Munchies, Too

Marijuana (cannabis) is well known for giving people the 'munchies.' Not only does it make people want to eat more, but it also makes them crave the tastiest, most high-calorie foods. Now a new study shows that well-studied nematode worms (C. elegans) react to those chemicals known as cannabinoids ...

New NIH Study Reveals Shared Genetic Markers Underlying Substance Use Disorders

By combing through genomic data of over 1 million people of European or African descent, scientists have identified genes commonly inherited across addiction disorders, regardless of the substance being used. This dataset -- one of largest and most ...

Hair Analysis Shows Child Drug Use Could Be Twice as High as We Think

Hair analysis could be the key to understanding adolescent drug usage, as a new study uncovers almost double the number of children were found to be using substances than those who admitted to in a US ...

Newly Identified Neuromarker Reveals Clues About Drug and Food Craving

Craving is known to be a key factor in substance use disorders and can increase the likelihood of future drug use or relapse. Yet its neural basis -- or, how the brain gives rise to craving -- is not well understood. In a new study, researchers from have identified a stable brain pattern, or ...

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Discovery Suggests Route to Safer Pain Medications

Scientists have identified a potential pathway to pain relief that neither triggers addiction nor causes ...

Combined Steroid and Statin Treatment Could Reduce 'Accelerated Aging' in Preterm Babies, Study in Rats Suggests

Potentially life-saving steroids commonly given to preterm babies also increase the risk of long-term cardiovascular problems, but a new study in rats has found that if given in conjunction with ...

Uptick in Prevalence of Simultaneous Cannabis and Alcohol Use in the U.S. After States Legalize Recreational Cannabis Use

Simultaneous cannabis and alcohol use, defined as using both substances at the same time so their effects overlap, increased in adults from 2008 to 2019, according to new research. Shifts in cannabis ...

Three New Biomarkers Identified to Detect Consumption of Emerging Synthetic Cannabinoid

Scientists have successfully identified the urinary biomarkers of an emerging subclass of synthetic cannabinoids, called OXIZID, to monitor potential ...

Pregnant Women's Cannabis Usage in Legalized U.S. States Raises Calls for Screening

Pregnant women living in U.S. states where cannabis is legal must be screened for the drug, for the health of both mother and baby, claim scientists who in a new national study have found that they ...

Legalization of Recreational Cannabis Linked With Increased Alcohol Drinking, Study Finds

States that legalized recreational cannabis saw a slight population-level uptick in alcohol consumption that was largely driven by young adults and men, according to new ...

Cannabis Not Made Safer by Increasing Its CBD Content, Study Finds

New research has found no evidence that cannabidiol (CBD) reduces the negative effects of ...

School Policing and Disciplining May Lead to Student Substance Abuse

Public health researchers have found that the prevalence of school discipline and school policing -- core elements of the school-to-prison pipeline -- predict subsequent school-average levels of ...

Human Cocaine and Heroin Addiction Is Found Tied to Impairments in Specific Brain Circuit Initially Implicated in Animals

Results of a new study suggest the prefrontal cortex-habenula circuit is potentially amenable for targeted interventions and ...

Driving High? Chemists Make Strides Toward a Marijuana Breath Analyzer

Chemists have developed a fuel cell sensor that they hope to develop into a handheld analyzer to detect THC on a person's breath. When THC is introduced into their laboratory-scale device it ...

Could Greater Prescription of Medical Cannabis Be a Solution to the Opioid Crisis?

In new study, opioid use seen to reduce or stop altogether, following prescription of medical ...

Your Medical Implant or Food Wrapper Could Someday Be Made of CBD

With the legalization of hemp cultivation, products containing cannabidiol (CBD) have become popular. Many of these oils and creams claim to alleviate pain and other conditions, and now, new research ...

Adolescent Substance Abuse in the U.S. Declines With Exception of Cannabis and Vaping

Substance abuse among U.S. adolescents is diminishing, except for an uptake in cannabis and vaping use, according to a new study. The findings show that low social engagement and participation in ...

Cannabis Legalization Boosts Use by Double Digits

A new first-of-its-kind study of twins finds that residents of states where recreational marijuana is legal use it 24% more frequently than those in states where it's illegal. It's among ...

Illicit Drugs Are Used by One in Ten Intensive Cardiac Care Unit Patients

Illicit drug use is associated with a nearly nine-fold greater risk of death or life-threatening emergencies in intensive cardiac care unit (ICCU) patients, according to new ...

People Who Use Therapeutic Cannabis Are More Likely to Use Nicotine, Too

People who use therapeutic cannabis are more likely to also use nicotine products than the general population, according to a new ...

Marijuana and Hallucinogen Use Among Young Adults Reached All Time-High in 2021

Marijuana and hallucinogen use in the past year reported by young adults 19 to 30 years old increased significantly in 2021 compared to five and 10 years ago, reaching historic highs in this age ...

New Study Estimates Over 5.5 Million U.S. Adults Use Hallucinogens

Hallucinogen use has increased since 2015, overall and particularly among adults 26 and older, while use decreased in adolescents aged 12-17 years according to a new study. Estimates of over 5.5 ...

Meth Use Drives Overdose Epidemic in Rural U.S. Communities, Study Finds

Methamphetamine remains a stubbornly prevalent illicit substance in large swaths of rural America, according to a new study. The findings show that methamphetamine remains a common drug, and is ...

Secret Behind 'Nic-Sickness' Could Help Break Tobacco Addiction

Nicotine activates the dopamine reward network in the brain, but at high doses it also activates a parallel aversive dopamine network. This discovery and identification of the nicotine receptor ...

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