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What effect does marijuana really have on weight gain?
While cannabis alters the functions of neurobiological circuits controlling appetite, its effect on weight gain is complex since several factors appear to be involved, says Didier Jutras-Aswad... (Medical News Today)

Getting high in senior year: NYU study examines reasons for smoking pot
The study reveals-- 'boredom,' 'experimentation,' and 'insight' -- are reasons for use related to increased and decreased risk of use of other drugsMarijuana is the most prevalent drug in the U.S. (Medical News Today)

New study shows significant fall in use of 'headshop' drugs among young people following introduction of national ban in Ireland
A new study by researchers in Trinity College Dublin has shown a significant reduction in both recent and problematic use among young people of novel psychoactive substances (NPS), more commonly... (Medical News Today)

Tamper-resistant opioids will not solve opioid addiction problem
Tamper-resistant formulations of drugs will not solve the problems of opioid addiction and overdose, argues a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (Medical News Today)

What is lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)? Effects and hazards of LSD
LSD is one of the most potent, mood-changing chemicals. It is manufactured from lysergic acid. The primary effect of LSD is to alter the senses and cause hallucinations. (Medical News Today)

Online computer game can help shed weight and reduce food intake
A simple new computerised game could help people control their snacking impulses and lose weight. (Medical News Today)

Not drink driving is often against the lore: QUT study
Cultural "lore" outweighs criminal law when Indigenous drivers in regional and remote communities get behind the wheel drunk, a new study by Queensland University of Technology has found. (Medical News Today)

Needle exchanges can prevent more HIV outbreaks like one in Indiana
In New England Journal of Medicine, two experts make case for lifting federal funding bans for such programs to protect health of IV drug usersCongress needs to immediately lift the ban on... (Medical News Today)

University of Iowa studies impact of marijuana on driving
First-of-its-kind study at University of Iowa's National Advanced Simulator shows how marijuana and marijuana with alcohol impacts drivingA new study conducted at the University of Iowa's... (Medical News Today)

'Lack of evidence' to support benefits of medical marijuana
A meta-analysis assessing the effects of cannabinoids in treating certain medical conditions finds there is limited high-quality evidence supporting the drug's effectiveness. (Medical News Today)

Blood pressure medication could prevent alcohol, drug addiction
A study of the effect of isradipine in addicted rats suggests the drug reverses brain rewiring that underlies memories of addiction-associated places. (Medical News Today)

Survey: Many doctors misunderstand key facets of opioid abuse
Lack of understanding may lead to continued overprescribing of addictive prescription pain pillsMany primary care physicians - the top prescribers of prescription pain pills in the United States... (Medical News Today)

Could 'virtual reality' treat alcoholism?
A form of 'virtual-reality' therapy may help people with alcohol dependence reduce their craving for alcohol, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Patient-initiated workplace violence affects counselors, treatment and outcomes, research finds
More than four out of five counselors who treat patients for substance abuse have experienced some form of patient-initiated workplace violence according to the first national study to examine the... (Medical News Today)

Medical marijuana 'edibles' mostly mislabeled, study shows
Review of small sample of dispensary products suggests buyers at risk of overdosing or being cheatedIn a proof-of-concept study, a team led by a Johns Hopkins researcher reports that the vast... (Medical News Today)

Adolescents uncertain about risks of marijuana, e-cigarettes, Stanford study finds
Teenagers are very familiar with the risks of smoking cigarettes, but are much less sure whether marijuana or e-cigarettes are harmful, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford... (Medical News Today)

Medication may stop drug and alcohol addiction
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have successfully stopped cocaine and alcohol addiction in experiments using a drug already approved by the U.S. (Medical News Today)

UCLA research offers more evidence for possible link between cocaine use and HIV infection
New UCLA research offers further evidence that cocaine use disrupts the immune system, making people who use it more likely to become infected with HIV. (Medical News Today)

Brain receptor found to significantly affect cocaine addiction
Discovery of new neural pathway may lead to preventing relapses in addictsResearchers at the University at Buffalo have discovered a previously unknown neural pathway that can regulate changes... (Medical News Today)

TSRI research leads to 3-D structures of key molecule implicated in diseases of the brain
New study reveals links to marijuana receptor systemScientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have teamed up with several other institutions and pharmaceutical companies, including the... (Medical News Today)

Public divided on heart benefits from alcohol consumption
Using Health eHeart study, UCSF researchers find those believing alcohol as 'heart healthy' drink much more than counterpartsIn one of the first published studies using data from the Health... (Medical News Today)

Law enforcement officers should be authorized to administer naloxone
New research looks at expanding effort to equip law enforceĀ­ment offiĀ­cers with naloxoneOpioid overdose is one of the leading causes of accidental death in the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Legalization of medical marijuana 'has not increased use in adolescents'
Analyzing data from a nationwide survey, researchers find no evidence for medical marijuana legalization increasing the prevalence of marijuana use among adolescents. (Medical News Today)

Poll finds that 90% of Americans have concerns over powdered alcohol
Although only one third of respondents were familiar with powdered alcohol upon being polled, almost two thirds stated they were in favor of a total ban on the product. (Medical News Today)

20 year report on needle and syringe program attendees in Australia
The number of young Australians injecting drugs has declined over 20 years, heroin and methamphetamine remain the two most commonly reported drugs last injected, and transmission of HIV related to... (Medical News Today)

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