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Marijuana Dependence and Legalization
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
Making best guesses about pot. One essential question about state marijuana legalization continues to dog the debate Namely, as marijuana becomes gradually legal, how do we estimate how many people will become dependent How can we estimate the number of cannabis users who will be... Read more
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Tips For Dating a Person in 12 Step Recovery
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
Would you let your daughter go out with an addictIn the title of her book, Girlfriend of Bill, author Karen Nagy riffs on the time-honored public code for mutual AA recognition Are you a friend of AA co-founder Bill Nagy says she was unable to find any material written specifical... Read more
Does Strong Marijuana Cause Addiction?
Monday, March 24th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
Strong pot matters, but maybe not the way we think. Colorado, Washington, and some 20 additional states have now made various provisions for legal transactions involving marijuana. And since time immemorial, there has been an illegal market for marijuana. But try getting your han... Read more
The Escalating Debate Over E-Cigarettes
Friday, March 14th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
Follow the bouncing ping-pong ball. E-cigarettes are likely to be gateway devices for nicotine addiction among youth, opening up a whole new market for tobacco.Lauren Dutra, postdoctoral fellow at the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. Youve got two camps her... Read more
Hey, Wake Up, It’s Brain Awareness Week
Sunday, March 9th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
Your brain doesnt come with an instruction manual.The Dana Foundations annual Brain Awareness Week BAW, March 10-16, seems particularly appropriate and useful this time around, after a year in which brain-based disease models of human behaviors came under fire from social scienti... Read more
Six Writers Who Battled the Bottle
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
Book review.In The Trip to Echo Spring On Writers and Drinking, author Olivia Laings stated goal is to know why writers drink, and what effect this stew of spirits has had upon the body of literature itself. To which I can only say, best of luck. The goal is impossibly ambitious;... Read more
Addicts and Disease
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
Commentary.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 the quintessenti... Read more
Acamprosate For Alcohol: Why the Research Might Be Wrong
Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
Calcium may be curbing the urge to drink. Occasionally, reads the opening sentence of a commentary published online last month in Neuropsychopharmacology, a paper comes along that fundamentally challenges what we thought we knew about a drug mechanism. The drug in question is aca... Read more
Narco-Deforestation Accelerates Loss of Biodiversity
Monday, February 10th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
In Central America, drug policies become conservation policies.The Central American isthmus exploded into prominence as a drug trafficking corridor in 2006, when pressure on Mexican cartels pushed smuggling operations to the south and into the remote forest frontiers of Honduras,... Read more
The Anthropology of Addiction
Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
Can we ever integrate neuroscience and social scienceBielefeld, GermanyThe last in a series of posts about a recent conference, Neuroplasticity in Substance Addiction and Recovery From Genes to Culture and Back Again. The conference, held at the Center for Interdisciplinary Resea... Read more
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