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What the Pros Are Saying About Marijuana
New study: Why does marijuana give us the munchies?
A strong appetite is a well-known side effect of marijuana use. After the drug is smoked or ingested, it’s common for users to experience fierce food cravings, also referred to as “the munchies.” Is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the reason for this appetite surge? Smithsonian analyzed a new study out of the University of Bordeaux, led by neuroscientist Giovanni Marsicano: “A big part of the reason why you might eat more food after using marijuana, the research indicates, is simply that you can smell and taste it more acutely.” Read the full story.
Research asks: More legalized pot, more children in the ER?
What effect will the decriminalization of marijuana have on our country’s youth? A new study on ScienceDaily shows the connection between marijuana reform and medical risk for children. Study author George Sam Wang, MD weighed in: “We believe that high-dose edible products – such as candies, cookies and chocolates – may have played a significant role in the increased rate of reported exposure chiefly because kids can’t distinguish between products that contain marijuana and those that don’t.” Read the full story.
Marijuana proven to help stop the spread of HIV
Marijuana has long been a remedy for chronic pain, weight loss and other symptoms of the HIV virus. A recent study out of Louisiana State University now shows that marijuana may help stop the spread of HIV. HuffPost reports that the 17-month study involved a daily dose of THC to monkeys that were infected with an animal form of HIV. The study’s lead author Patricia Molina, MD wrote: “These findings reveal novel mechanisms that may potentially contribute to cannabinoid-mediated disease modulation.” Read the full story.
Marijuana reform takes center stage in Washington
The marijuana legalization debate is experiencing a shift, according to The Boston Globe’s recent profile on Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “We’re no longer talking about whether marijuana should be legal, [but] about when it should be legal,” St. Pierre said. On his clean-cut image: “If you present yourself as counterculture, you’ll be treated as counterculture.” Read the full story.
Marijuana’s impact on DUI cases in Colorado
The problem is, there is no way to distinguish a DUI alcohol case from a DUI marijuana case, or other drugs for that matter. The Denver Post discussed the difficulty of tracking stoned driving cases. “In our system, this is handled as a DUI case,” district attorney’s spokeswoman Sue Lindsay said. Robert Lantz, MD of Rocky Mountain Instrumental Laboratories added: “I have not seen honest statistics. So I’m waiting to see honest data.” Read the full story.