alcoholism Articles
Alcohol and Your Heart
Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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
Is low-grade pot better for you than sinsemillaFirst published September 3, 2013.spam unapproved 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Gone in June
Friday, June 27th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
Alcohol takes a friend. What good does it do You write about addiction, research it, think about it, formulate new ideas about it. You try to be of service.What good does it do One of your best friends ever, a talented writer you have talked to and argued with and smoked with and... Read more
NIDA’s Dark View of Teen Marijuana Use
Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
Federal study also discusses medical marijuana.Considering the impasse on marijuana policy between state and federal governments in the U.S., the primary government agency in charge of drug researchNIDA, the National Institute on Drug Abusewould seem to be caught between a rock a... Read more
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