alcoholism Articles
Cannabis sativa vs. Cannabis indica: Science or Folklore?
Friday, February 5th, 2016 by Dirk Hanson
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Golden Goat or Sour Diesel The bland assurances from medical marijuana dispensaries about the physical and psychological effects of the bewildering array of hybrid plant strains on offer is mostly bunk, claim a growing number of cannabis scientists. Ethan Russo, a neurologist and... Read more
A Roundtable Discussion on Cannabis Use Disorder
Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Dirk Hanson
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Addressing the habit-forming aspects of marijuana.A trio of leading marijuana scientists participated in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Daniele Piomelli from the School of Medicine at the University of California-Irvine, and published in a recent issue of the journal Cannabi... Read more
Annual NIDA Survey Shows Declines in Teen Drug Use
Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
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The kids are all right.Every year, the National Institute of Drug Abuse NIDA, under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health, conducts its monitoring the Future survey of drug use among American young people in the 8th, 10th, and 12th grades.This year, students got very ... Read more
The Great Gateway Theory
Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
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Smoke pot, shoot smackThe Great Gateway Hypothesis has had a long, controversial run as a central tenet of American anti-drug campaigns. As put forth by Denise B. Kandell of Columbia University and others in 1975, and refined and redefined ever since, the gateway theory essential... Read more
Freud and his Drug Demons
Saturday, October 31st, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
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Cocaine addiction and psychoanalysis.That Sigmund Freud was a cocaine abuser for some portion of his professional life is by now well known. Reading An Anatomy of Addiction by Howard Markel, M.D., which chronicles the careers of Freud and another famed cocaine abuser, Johns Hopki... Read more
Cannabis Receptors and the Runner’s High
Monday, October 12th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
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First published August 4 2010Maybe it isn't endorphins after all.What do long-distance running and marijuana smoking have in common Quite possibly, more than youd think. A growing body of research suggests that the runners high and the cannabis high are more similar than previous... Read more
The Zendo Project
Friday, October 9th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
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Caffeine, Energy Drinks, and Everything Else
Thursday, September 17th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
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It's the everything else that adds up.A couple of years ago, coffee drinkers were buoyed by the release of a massive study in the New England Journal of Medicine that did not support a positive association between coffee drinking and mortality. In fact, the analysis by Neal D. Fr... Read more
Marijuana Deconstructed
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
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What's In Your WeedAustralia 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 and the University of New South Wales recently analyzed hundr... Read more
Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On: Marijuana and Sleeping
Monday, July 13th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
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Study sheds potential light on indica vs. sativa debate.Thanks to Ivan Oransky ivanoransky for alerting me to this study.Everyone who has smoked marijuana more than a couple of times knows that cannabis can alter how you sleep. The effect of cannabis on sleep is even part of the ... Read more
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