Researchers find biological clues to mental health impacts of prenatal cannabis exposure

Drug Facts - Fri, 2024-07-05 11:02
Researchers outline some of the intermediate biological steps that could play into how prenatal cannabis exposure leads to behavioral issues down the line.
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Cannabis use tied to increased risk of severe COVID-19

Drug Facts - Fri, 2024-06-21 10:28
A new study shows that people with COVID-19 who used cannabis were more likely to be hospitalized and require intensive care than those who did not use the drug.
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Clinical trial shows promising results in a two-drug combination that curbs methamphetamine use

Drug Facts - Mon, 2024-06-10 12:02
A clinical trial on a two-drug therapy for methamphetamine use disorder reduced use of the highly addictive drug for up to 12 weeks after initiation of treatment. Participants in the ADAPT-2 clinical trial who received a combination of injectable naltrexone plus extended-release oral bupropion (NTX+BUPN) had a 27% increase in methamphetamine-negative urine tests, indicating reduced usage. By contrast, the placebo group had an 11% increase in negative tests. To date there is no FDA-approved medication for it.
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Cannabis use common among patients, with most using it to manage a symptom or health condition

Drug Facts - Wed, 2024-06-05 14:23
Nearly one in six patients in primary care reported cannabis use, with 35% of those using at levels indicating moderate- to high-risk use disorder. The findings indicate the need for routine cannabis use screening. Currently few healthcare systems offer this screening in primary care settings.
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Tiny worm helps uncover long-lasting prenatal effects from amphetamines

Drug Facts - Thu, 2024-05-30 16:22
During pregnancy, the effects of therapeutical doses of amphetamine have been investigated on birth outcomes in humans. However, a thorough investigation of the mechanisms underlying the long-term effects of embryonal exposure to addictive doses of amphetamine remains largely unexplored. Using a tiny worm, researchers have revealed the underlying mechanisms of embryonal exposure to methamphetamine (Meth) and amphetamines, a psychostimulant used to treat a variety of brain dysfunctions.
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New study highlights significant increases in cannabis use in United States

Drug Facts - Wed, 2024-05-22 11:03
A new study assessed cannabis use in the United States between 1979 and 2022, finding that a growing share of cannabis consumers report daily or near-daily use and that their numbers now exceed those of daily and near-daily alcohol drinkers. The study concludes that long-term trends in cannabis use parallel corresponding changes in policy over the same period.
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THC lingers in breastmilk with no clear peak point

Drug Facts - Wed, 2024-05-08 07:37
When breastfeeding mothers in a recent study used cannabis, its psychoactive component THC showed up in the milk they produced. The research also found that, unlike alcohol, when THC was detected in milk there was no consistent time when its concentration peaked and started to decline. Importantly, the researchers discovered that the amount of THC they detected in milk was low -- they estimated that infants received an average of 0.07 mg of THC per day. For comparison, a common low-dose edible contains 2 mg of THC. The research team stressed that it is unknown whether this amount has any impact on the infant.
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New study finds increase in exposures to synthetic tetrahydrocannabinols among young children, teens, and adults

Drug Facts - Tue, 2024-05-07 12:59
A sharp rise in exposures to synthetic cannabis products among youth -- some leading to hospitalization -- highlights the need for increased education around the dangers of exposure and increased focus on safe storage and packaging.
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Follow-up 50 years on finds landmark steroid study remains safe

Drug Facts - Mon, 2024-04-22 19:25
A follow-up analysis 50 years later finds no adverse heart health risk from Professor Mont Liggins' landmark steroid study to reduce illness and death for pre-term babies.
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A common pathway in the brain that enables addictive drugs to hijack natural reward processing

Drug Facts - Thu, 2024-04-18 14:51
Researchers have uncovered a mechanism in the brain that allows cocaine and morphine to take over natural reward processing systems.
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