alcoholism Articles
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
Gone in June
Friday, June 27th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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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
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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
Tripling the Tax on Alcohol
Monday, June 2nd, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Would it do any goodA recent article in Slate by Reihan Salam, a sort of modest proposal on behalf of a big boost in alcohol excise taxes, caught considerable flack from free market advocates and conservative bloggers last week. Salam says Americans agree on the fact that marijua... Read more
Smoking Is Over If You Want It
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Happy World No Tobacco Day Its one of the annual days of note concocted by the World Health Organization WHO. The motive is undeniably noble, and the goofy negative title makes it a favorite of mine Saturday, May 31, is the annual World No Tobacco Day. This year, WHO and its part... Read more
Single Bout of Binge Drinking Linked to Immune System Effects
Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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The hazards of a leaky gut. Biology for 1000, Alex An integral part of the cell walls of Gram-negative bacteria, these toxic compounds can trigger inflammation and other immunological responses after a single episode of heavy drinking. Answer What are endotoxins The outer membran... Read more
Why the CDC Director Hates E-Cigarettes
Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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The pros and cons of getting your vape on.Last month, the Food and Drug Administration FDA began a new eraregulating e-cigarettes. With a non-controversial first step, the FDA banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, required health warnings, prohibited health claims, and outli... Read more
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