alcoholism Articles
Why Will Power Fails
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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How to strengthen your self-control.First published August 12, 2013Reason in man obscured, or not obeyed,Immediately inordinate desires,And upstart passions, catch the governmentFrom reason; and to servitude reduceMan, till then free.John Milton, Paradise LostWhat is will power I... Read more
In Praise of Neurogenesis
Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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A little sweat pays big dividends in recovery.Scientists have long known that activities like learning, socialization and physical activitykey components of environmental enrichmentlead to the growth and development of nerve tissue that will become new brain cells, a process call... Read more
Alcohol and Your Heart
Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Health benefits of moderate drinking come under fire.One of those things that everybody knows about alcohol is that a drink or two per day is good for your heart. But maybe not as good for your heart as no drinks at all.Joint first authors Michael V. Holmes of the Department of E... Read more
The Chemistry of Modern Marijuana
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Is low-grade pot better for you than sinsemillaFirst published September 3, 2013.Australia has one of the highest rates of marijuana use in the world, but until recently, nobody could say for certain what, exactly, Australians were smoking. Researchers at the University of Sydney... Read more
Synthetic Cannabis Can Cause Cyclic Vomiting
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Another reason to skip "Spice."Cannabinoid hyperemesis, as it is known, was not documented in the medical literature until 2004. Case studies of more than 100 patients have been reported since then. The biomedical researcher who blogs as Drugmonkey has documented cases ... Read more
Avoid the ‘Noid: Synthetic Cannabinoids and “Spiceophrenia”
Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Like PCP all over again.Synthetic cannabis-like Spice drugs were first introduced in early 2004, and quickly created a global marketplace. But the drugs responsible for the psychoactive effects of Spice products werent widely characterized until late 2008. And only recently have ... Read more
Getting Spiced
Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Synthetic cannabis is stronger than it used to be.First published 10072013 I wish I could stop writing blog posts about Spice, as the family of synthetic cannabinoids has become known. I wish young people would stop taking these drugs, and stick to genuine marijuana, which is far... Read more
Hunting For the Marijuana-Dopamine Connection
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Why do heavy pot smokers show a blunted reaction to stimulantsMost drugs of abuse increase dopamine transmission in the brain, and indeed, this is thought to be the basic neural mechanism underlying the rewarding effects of addictive drugs. But in the case of marijuana, the dopam... Read more
Drugs and Disease: A Look Forward
Sunday, July 20th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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First published 2182014. Former National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA director Alan Leshner has been vilified by many for referring to addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease. What often goes unmentioned is Leshners far more interesting characterization of addiction as th... Read more
Vitamin C and Pregnant Women Who Smoke
Saturday, June 28th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Improving pulmonary function in newborns. 500 mg of daily vitamin C given to pregnant smoking women decreased the effects of in-utero nicotine and improved measures of pulmonary function in their newborns, according to a study by Cindy T. McEvoy and others at the Oregon Health an... Read more
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