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Adolescents more vulnerable to cannabis addiction but not other mental health risks, study finds

Fri, 2022-07-01 08:27
Adolescents are over three times more vulnerable to developing a cannabis addiction than adults, but may not be at increased risk of other mental health problems related to the drug, according to a new study.
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Scientists identify new brain mechanism involved in impulsive cocaine-seeking in rats

Tue, 2022-06-28 11:39
Researchers have found that blocking certain acetylcholine receptors in the lateral habenula (LHb), an area of the brain that balances reward and aversion, made it harder to resist seeking cocaine in a rat model of impulsive behavior. These findings identify a new role for these receptors that may represent a future target for the development of treatments for cocaine use disorder. There are currently no approved medications to treat cocaine use disorder.
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Emergency care and hospitalizations higher among cannabis users, study finds

Tue, 2022-06-28 06:32
A new study found visits to the emergency department and hospitalizations are 22 per cent higher among individuals who use cannabis compared with those who do not. The findings also show serious physical injury and respiratory-reasons were the two leading causes of ED visits and hospitalizations among cannabis users.
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No peers, no beers: Research shows youth substance use declined during the COVID-19 pandemic

Wed, 2022-06-15 11:08
With stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, youth spent more time at home with family and were more isolated from in-person interaction with peers. Largely due to this social isolation from peers, substance use among youth declined, according to researchers.
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