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4 signs you're addicted to marijuana, experts warn

 

 

These red flags could mean you've lost control over your cannabis use.

With recreational marijuana use now legal in many states, many people are enjoying cannabis safely and guilt-free. But while many people use this popular psychoactive drug without any adverse effects, a study published in the Dec. 2015 issue of JAMA Psychiatry estimated that three in 10 people who habitually use cannabis have "marijuana use disorder," and a 2011 study found that frequent users have a 10 percent chance of becoming addicted to the drug.

Could your cannabis use be creating problems without you even realizing it? Read on to find out what behaviors and symptoms signal marijuana addiction, and how it could be impacting your quality of life.

 

 

 

1. Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed.

Marijuana use disorder can cause a depressed mental state, including apathy, lack of motivation, irritability, loss of interest in daily activities, inability to concentrate, and feelings of isolation, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

"One of the strongest signs that a patient is addicted to marijuana is if their use gets in the way of their normal activities," says Andrea Paul, MD, a medical advisor at Illuminate Labs.

"This could be as severe as a job loss, but it could also be [more minor] things like choosing to socialize less with certain friends who don't use marijuana."

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Does CBD help with social anxiety? What the latest medical studies say

What is otherwise considered normal for the rest of us, such as making eye contact, talking to people, and interacting with others, is extremely difficult and nerve-wrecking for the socially anxious.

Being an introvert is different from having social anxiety. Whereas its normal for introverts to feel drained from social interactions, social anxiety is actually a type of mental illness that causes a person to experience fear during social situations.

Also known as social phobia, people who suffer from this condition experience severe dread and fear whenever they have to do anything with other people; it could be public speaking, making a presentation, attending a party, or even a simple family gathering.

What is otherwise considered normal for the rest of us, such as making eye contact, talking to people, and interacting with others, is extremely difficult and nerve-wrecking for the socially anxious. These can result in physical symptoms such as sweating, increased heart rate, trembling, dizziness, upset stomach, and brain fog.  With around 7% of the American population suffering from social anxiety disorder, it’s more common than we think but treatment and diagnosis is necessary to prevent it from escalating to depression or substance abuse.

Currently, available treatments are not always successful. Data shows that just 30% of anxiety patients undergoing treatment show improvements, but it’s also not helpful that pharmacological treatments have negative side effects.

How can CBD help

Cannabidiol, one of the two main cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, is a non-psychoactive compound that has shown to be tremendously effective in treating many different forms of anxiety. Generalized social anxiety disorder is one of them. While using cannabis with psychoactive THC may be helpful for some, it is also known to trigger paranoia which can make anxiety even worse in others. For these reasons, CBD may be the best choice.

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Surprising side effects of Smoking Marijuana

 

 

Although pot has its benefits, it's not without side effects.

The public acceptance of marijuana has skyrocketed in recent years, and increased legalization means that more people have access to recreational marijuana than ever. Although pot has its benefits, it's not without side effects, some you may never have considered. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

 

 

1. Lung irritation

Unlike tobacco, marijuana use has not been found to raise the risk of lung cancer. But it still involves inhaling smoke, which can be hard on your lungs.

"Marijuana smoke irritates the lungs, and people who smoke marijuana frequently can have the same breathing problems as those who smoke tobacco," says the NIDA. You may experience coughing, increased mucus, wheezing or chest tightness. 

2. Increased heart attack risk

Experts say that THC, the main ingredient in marijuana, can increase the heart rate—by 20 to 50 beats in a minute, lasting for several hours. According to Harvard Medical School, the risk of a heart attack is greater in the hours after smoking marijuana than it is normally. And a study published in the journal Cell last month found that frequent marijuana users are more likely to have a first heart attack before the age of 50. Researchers think THC may cause inflammation in blood vessels, raising that risk.

3. Stomach upset

Marijuana is occasionally prescribed to relieve nausea, but it can also cause stomach problems itself. For people with cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), using marijuana can lead to stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting, sometimes severe. And it's surprisingly common—experts estimate 2.7 million Americans experience the condition. According to the Cleveland Clinic, you have a higher risk of developing CHS if you use marijuana at least once a week, and if you've used marijuana since adolescence.

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Research chemicals provide dangerous, experimental highs to desperate users

In a country where over 1 million people get arrested for drug-related crimes every year, a legal loophole exists that makes ordering thousands of different drugs so accessible you can purchase them with your debit card.

Research chemicals are newly-synthesized drugs that have not yet been scheduled by the FDA, making them very easy to order online under the guise of “not for human consumption.” Every year, teams of shadowy scientists from all around the globe create oodles of new chemical compounds that are relatively similar to drugs people already take recreationally, but completely different chemically speaking. This is super dangerous because minute differences in chemical composition could mean the difference between a killer high and a high that kills you, as Cal Poly Humboldt Chemistry professor Joshua Smith reminded me.

“The most infamous drug you should learn about is thalidomide,” Smith said.

“One version of it was an anti-nausea drug for pregnant women. One very small change to it created horrible birth defects.”

That’s a very succinct way of saying just because a drug is similar to another drug in terms of chemical composition, it should not be considered safe to take by any stretch of the imagination. 25i is a well-known example of this. It gained popularity as a cheap replacement to LSD for a while until people started overdosing and dying because it was much more toxic than LSD and very poorly understood. Many of the thousands of different novel compounds available for purchase online have never been tested on humans but are still sold under catchy names like “Dr Buzz pellets” or “Mitsubishi capsules,” leading one to assume that there are people taking gross advantage of this legal loophole to lure addicts and dealers into buying knockoff drugs.

I posted something on my personal social media accounts asking if anyone I knew had tried these drugs, I received no less than 30 firsthand accounts of awful terrible no good very bad experiences with “liquid Xanax” or “fake acid” and the like. I received a fair amount of feedback from a handful of people who knew all about research chemicals and had personally ordered several, sometimes with mild or nonexistent consequences but more often to the tune of a very bad trip. There are also Reddit threads dedicated to the research chemical lifestyle with thousands of members. Out of all those people, two agreed to speak with me on the record.


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Patients who use marijuana may need more sedation during endoscopies

If you use pot, you may need more sedation than normal during a gastric endoscopy, according to a new study.

"Patients didn't have increased awareness or discomfort during procedures, but they did require more drugs," lead author Dr. Yasmin Nasser said in a news release from the American Gastroenterological Association. Nasser is an assistant professor in the Institute for Chronic Diseases at the University of Calgary School of Medicine in Canada.

With increases in marijuana legalization and use, doctors need to be aware of patients' use of the drug and prepare themselves and their patients for the possible need of increased sedation and associated risks, the study authors said.

In an endoscopy, a tube with a camera is inserted down the throat to examine the upper digestive system. Patients typically receive conscious sedation, meaning they're partially conscious but relaxed during the procedure.

In this study, researchers assessed the link between marijuana and sedation in 419 adult outpatients undergoing gastric endoscopy or colonoscopy at three centers in Canada.

The patients were asked about their pot use and their awareness and comfort level during the procedure. The researchers analyzed the use of the sedatives midazolam, fentanyl and diphenhydramine during the patients' procedures.

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Hemp for weight loss? “Diet weed” THCV takes fitness world by storm

CBD from hemp and THC from cannabis have been rising in popularity for years, but have you heard of THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin)? THCV gummies and oils are taking the fitness and diet world by storm. This is because THCV effects include increased energy and focus as well as appetite suppression. This stimulating rare cannabinoid has been referred to as “diet weed” or “skinny pot” due to its THCV weight loss potential. In this article, we’ll answer your questions about this unique hemp compound: What is THCV? What are THCV benefits? Does THCV weight loss work?

If you want to try THCV for yourself, Rare Cannabinoid Company was the first company in the world to formulate a purified THCV oil tincture and THCV with CBD blend. They also sell the strongest THCV gummies on the market. With the largest selection of non-psychoactive cannabinoids, the premium brand also sells full spectrum Hawaiian CBD, CBDA, CBGA, CBDV, CBC, CBG, CBN and terpenes. Their high-quality products are produced in a cGMP-certified facility and undergo multiple third-party lab tests with results online and via QR code. Buy THCV gummies and oils here.

What is THCV?

THCV cannabinoid is found in cannabis and hemp plants. Cannabinoids are compounds that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system helps to regulate various functions in the body including pain, inflammation, mood, and appetite. THCV specifically turns off the CB1 receptor. This suppresses hunger. Conversely, THC (the main psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis) turns on the CB1 receptor causing the munchies.

What are THCV effects? THCV benefits?

THCV weight loss potential is just one of the THCV benefits that are gaining popularity. THCV effects also include increased energy and focus as well as appetite suppression. This mix of appetite suppression and increased energy may also help type 2 diabetes. A scientific study also found that THCV reduced nicotine cravings in rodents and THCV may be helpful for addictions to other substances.

Does THCV weight loss work?

“In rodent studies, THCV decreases appetite, increases satiety, and up-regulates energy metabolism, making it a clinically useful remedy for weight loss and management of obesity and type 2 diabetic patients,” says the The U.S. National Library of Science.

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Psilocybin causes ‘significant reduction’ in symptoms of depression, largest of its kind study shows

 

COMPASS Pathways psilocybin study shows a significant improvement in treatment-resistant depression symptoms.

At the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2022 Annual Meeting that began on May 21 in New Orleans, Louisiana, COMPASS Pathways unveiled the “largest randomized, controlled, double-blind study of psilocybin therapy ever completed,” according to a May 24 press release, and the data shows “significant” improvements to treatment-resistant depression (TRD) symptoms.

Participants were given a single dose of investigational COMP360 psilocybin, in doses of 25 mg or 10 mg, compared to 1 mg in patients with TRD. For the study, 233 patients with TRD received either 1 mg, 10 mg, or 25 mg COMP360 psilocybin, along with psychological support from therapists. Symptoms of depression were calculated using the Montgomery-Åsberg depression rating scale (MADRS).

The MADRS system has been used in the world of psychiatry since 1979 and measures apparent sadness (despondency, gloom), reported sadness, inner tension (discomfort, turmoil, dread), reduced sleep, reduced appetite, and concentration difficulty, typically in a ten-item questionnaire.

The people who received a 25 mg dose of COMP360 psilocybin with psychological support experienced a “highly statistically significant reduction in symptoms of depression after three weeks.” The difference between the group that received 25 mg and the group that received 1 mg was -6.6 on the MADRS depression scale at week three.

The effects also lasted very long—for three months, in some cases. The findings show that psilocybin provides “a rapid and durable response for up to 12 weeks.”

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Doctors wary of cannabis as a medicine

Doctors seem wary of prescribing approved cannabis products ahead of substantial clinical trials, and patients are missing out, writes Dr Karen Oldfield

Awareness of cannabis as a medicinal product has been rising significantly. Doctors in Aotearoa New Zealand report more patients are asking about the use of cannabis as a medicine—and patients report they’re comfortable discussing the drug with their doctors.

But there are still obstacles facing those who want to use cannabis for medicinal purposes. My research found many patients who had spoken to their doctor about it did not receive a prescription.

In a survey of 153 neurology patients, 45 (29 percent) said they’d discussed medicinal cannabis use with their GP but just seven were prescribed a cannabis product.

The results were similar when patients raised the drug’s use with their specialist: of 43 patients who had discussed it, just nine were prescribed a product.

With prescriptions hard to come by, one in three were instead using illicit or recreational cannabis, either smoking or ingesting products to treat symptoms.

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Is cannabis effective in managing bipolar disorder symptoms?

Debate surrounding the legality of medical cannabis in Malaysia re-emerged recently following the arrest last month of nasyid singer Muhammad Yasin Sulaiman, who has bipolar disorder.

On March 31, the 47-year old Yasin, who is also a composer, was charged with drug trafficking after officers found 17 cannabis plants and 214 grams of dried plant material at his home in Kota Damansara, near here.

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mental illness that brings severe high and low moods and changes in sleep, energy, thinking, and behaviour. It affects work, school, relationships, physical health and many other aspects of everyday life.

To date, scientists have neither identified the actual cause of bipolar disorder nor found a cure. However, it can be treated using a combination of different treatments such as medicine to prevent episodes of mania and depression and these are known as mood stabilisers.

Others include psychological treatment such as talking therapies, which help the individual deal with depression; and also lifestyle advice, such as doing regular exercise. But, there are those who resort to alternative treatments such as the use of cannabis or ganja.

Legalizing medical cannabis

But is cannabis actually effective in managing bipolar disorder symptoms? Or could it make it worse? Existing evidence suggests severe side effects of cannabis use, including symptoms of psychosis in some instances.

Yasin's arrest sparked nationwide debate on the medical legality of cannabis, with various quarters urging the government to consider legalising the use of medical cannabis.

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Ask a doctor: Can I trust that my physician won’t judge my marijuana use?

When asked by friends and patients who express concerns about their physicians, I tell them that if they cannot trust their physician with personal information, they need to change physicians if possible.

As many patients fill out their intake forms for their health care providers, some feel a concern that their honesty about aspects of their lifestyle may cause them to receive prejudiced healthcare. Part of being a great physician or health care provider is the ability to be non-judgmental about patients and their lifestyle choices. Trust is essential to care.

The patient must trust the doctor with personal information in order for the physician to give the best advice for that particular patient. This requires the physician or other health care provider to show the patient that they have an open mind and the patient to trust the provider.

But we must realize that doctors are people with their own biases based upon their upbringing, world experience and personality.

When asked by friends and patients who express concerns about their physicians, I tell them that if they cannot trust their physician with personal information, they need to change physicians if possible.

So how do we navigate the disclosure of cannabis or any recreational drug use in the health care setting? We should begin by thinking about both explicit and implicit bias.

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Medicinal cannabis reduces pain and need for opiate painkillers among cancer patients

 

Medicinal cannabis reduces cancer-related pain and the need for opiate-based painkillers, reveals a new comprehensive study of its use by oncology patients.

Pain, along with depression, anxiety, and insomnia, are some of the most fundamental causes of oncology patients’ disability and suffering while undergoing treatment therapies, and may even lead to worsened prognosis.

“Traditionally, cancer-related pain is mainly treated by opioid analgesics, but most oncologists perceive opioid treatment as hazardous, so alternative therapies are required,” explained author David Meiri, assistant professor at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

“Our study is the first to assess the possible benefits of medical cannabis for cancer-related pain in oncology patients; gathering information from the start of treatment, and with repeated follow-ups for an extended period of time, to get a thorough analysis of its effectiveness.”

 

Need for alternative treatment

After talking to several cancer patients, who were looking for alternative options for pain and symptom relief, the researchers were keen to thoroughly test the potential benefits of medicinal cannabis.

“We encountered numerous cancer patients who asked us whether medical cannabis treatment can benefit their health,” said co-author Gil Bar-Sela, associate professor at the Ha’Emek Medical Center Afula.

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Vets warn cannabis users to make sure pets don’t consume the products

Some veterinarians say that the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey could lead to a dangerous situation for pets.

The vets are warning about potential “marijuana toxicosis,” which is when an animal inhales or ingests cannabis. This is not good for animals, which is why people are urging anyone consuming cannabis to be careful around their pets.
 
Dr. Ted Spinks runs the Animal Hospital of Sussex County. He says that he has seen an average of three to four cases of marijuana toxicosis per year.
 
“Dogs are curious. Cats are curious. And they eat it,” Spinks says.
 
“There’s no liver toxicity or kidney toxicity, but the symptoms could last 96 hours.”
 
Spinks says pets will eat the leafy buds but have also been known to go after easily ingested edibles and THC butter and oils.
 
Signs of marijuana toxicosis include dilated pupils, loss of balance or incontinence – mainly urination.
 
Health care officials say it is important for new marijuana users to recognize that animals can suffer from inhalation. Spinks warns pet owners to never blow smoke into an animal’s face.
 
“Don’t be childish because they could get secondhand smoke inhalation. Give them a well-ventilated area,” he says.
 
Spinks says that one advantage to legalization is that now pet owners will feel better admitting that their pets got into their stash.
 
“Before legalization, it was a little tricky. Owners didn’t want to admit they had cannabis in the home,” he says.
 
Spinks says if anyone sees their pet actually eat the marijuana, they have 30 minutes to induce vomiting. Anyone who is concerned should immediately contact a veterinarian.
 
 
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Inside the mind of a medical cannabis pharmacist in Utah

Utah is unique when it comes to cannabis, and the state’s program includes many unique exceptions not often seen across the rest of the country in states where medical cannabis is legal.

In Utah, dispensaries are referred to as pharmacies, and the method of which patients must apply for and obtain cannabis medicine differs. While the state of Utah is home to over three million people, only 15 pharmacies and eight cultivators are allowed to legally operate there.

Pharmacists are essential to the structure of Utah’s medical cannabis program, as they are legally the only way that medical cannabis patients can obtain cannabis products. Beehive Farmacy’s Pharmacist in Charge, Mindy Madeo, has been a pharmacist for over 20 years, but found a new calling to enter the cannabis industry after the state of Utah legalized medical cannabis. Madeo attended the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s cannabis program, which she will soon be graduating with a Masters of Science in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics. It’s currently the only pharmacy school in the U.S. to offer such a degree, and furthermore, Madeo is one of the only people in Utah to have earned such a distinction.

Madeo took time to chat with High Times about what sets Utah apart from other states’ medical cannabis programs, the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), and what the future holds for patients.

The essential pharmacist

When Madeo began her entrance into the cannabis industry, she helped one of the pharmacies, called Wholesome, open up shop. While that pharmacy was a bit more business-focused, Madeo then moved on to Beehive Farmacy where she currently works as Pharmacist in Charge. Beehive Farmacy has two locations out of the total 15 that are allowed statewide, one in Salt Lake City and another in Brigham City. “It’s been really amazing,” Madeo said of her role. “The work I do every day is really like my dream. I’ve been doing it for two years and I still say I would do it even if I wasn’t getting paid.”

Madeo explained how Utah’s medical cannabis program works for patients. Similarly to other states, patients must go to a doctor and obtain a recommendation for a cannabis card—but new patients can’t just go to a pharmacy to pick up their medicine right away. “It is required by law that every single patient that’s new to the cannabis program, has to sit down and have a consultation with the pharmacist. And that’s the unique thing. That’s the thing that no other state does,” Madeo explained.

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Medical marijuana product sales up 1.1% in April

Medical marijuana patients spent $24 million in April at the state’s 38 dispensaries to obtain 4,213 pounds, up from the 4,166 pounds sold in March. Hot Springs is home to two of the top five dispensaries for the amount of product sold.

Sales for the first four months of 2022 total $89.8 million, and 15,678 pounds, according to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA).

“The amount of product sold increased slightly from March to April,” said DFA spokesman Scott Hardin.

“On average, patients in Arkansas are spending $22.45 million each month across the state’s 38 dispensaries to purchase approximately 3,919 pounds. State tax collection on medical marijuana also increased in April with $2.98 million in total ($2.46 million collected in March).”

The state also collects a cultivator privilege tax, which means tax revenue is not always tied to how much product is bought by consumers at dispensaries and the price for the product sold to dispensary customers.

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High THC Weed: A new form of reefer madness or worth the panic?

 

Many within the industry have claimed that proof backing the widespread risks of high THC levels are scant and more research needs to be done.

With the legislation on cannabis at the federal level set to be brought forward in the Senate, marijuana legalized states are now undergoing new research on the risks linked with high-potency cannabis products. Among the questions being asked is the possible link between these high-potency cannabis products and psychosis.

These latest high-potency cannabis products circulating the market are commonly called shatter or wax and are known to have THC levels as high as 85%-90%. Researchers, via comparison, affirmed that the THC levels in a usual joint two decades ago were approximately 5%. Considering this high level of THC, Colorado and Washington are now looking to include potency caps in their legislation.

During a forum held in January, Dr. Nora Volkow, the director of NIDA expressed her concerns that young adults are increasingly consuming high-potency cannabis. Volkow affirmed that she is worried about the negative effects of high THC concentration on mental health. She noted that the higher the THC levels, the higher the chances of psychosis. While the research is still ongoing, Volkow affirmed that another question waiting to be answered is if such psychosis can cause permanent schizophrenia.

Bethany Moore, during an interview with NBC News, asserted that the best way forward is to tackle these concerns through adequate labeling and testing. Apart from that, she believes states should only sell cannabis via licensed dispensaries to fully informed and legal adults. By selling cannabis only via legal dispensaries, Bethany claimed the activities of the illicit cannabis market will gradually fade.

According to several public experts, proponents of the cannabis industry are responsible for the problem of high-potency cannabis products now flooding the market. This is because most industry backers were only focused on legalizing cannabis without considering a market boom in cannabis concentrates.

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Consumption of alcohol and cigarettes by young adults declines following cannabis legalisation

A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health has found that the legalisation of cannabis leads to lower use of alcohol, cigarettes, and pain medications by young adults.

The study, conducted by researchers with the University of Washington assessed trends in alcohol, nicotine, and non-prescribed pain drug use among a group of over 12,500 young adults aged 18 to 25 in Washington State following the legalisation of cannabis.

The study said “contrary to concerns about spillover effects, implementation of legalised nonmedical cannabis coincided with decreases in alcohol and cigarette use and pain reliever misuse. The weakening association of cannabis use with the use of other substances among individuals ages 21–25 requires further research but may suggest increased importance of cannabis-specific prevention and treatment efforts.”

Cannabis is often theorised to be a gateway drug, leading to further substance abuse, yet the results of numerous studies suggest this is untrue. A 2020 study, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy surveyed medical cannabis patients about their alcohol consumption after obtaining a cannabis prescription. The study found that 44% of patients reported drinking less frequently on a monthly basis, 34% consumed fewer drinks per week and 8% said they drank no alcohol in the 30 days prior to taking the survey. Research also suggests that cannabis legalisation reduces the risk of death from opioids, a 2014 study found that annual opioid overdoses were 25% lower in US states where medical cannabis was legal.

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Combats acne and ageing! This new Niacinamide + hemp serum is causing shoppers to show off incredible before and after pics with visibly clearer skin

 

Most skincare products focus on a single issue, which could be clearing up breakouts or fighting the signs of ageing. 

But every so often, a hero product comes along that can multi-task like the new Hey Bud Niacinamide + Hemp serum.  And photos from real women across the States show that it can have a transformative effect on how skin looks in terms of clarity and tone.

Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, this micronutrient offers many benefits. 

It is effectively used to combat acne due to balancing oil production and minimizes pigmentation, leaving the skin free from blemishes. 

It strengthens the skin's barrier by promoting the production of elastin and ceramides, which is effective against ageing. 

Hemp calms irritated and inflamed skin for smooth, soft results. 

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Feeling sleepy after smoking weed? Here’s what you can do

Fatigue can be a side effect of cannabis, one that can be difficult to control if you haven’t had experience with the drug.

There’s a reason marijuana is great for those struggling to get a good rest. The plant causes the body to naturally loosen up and relax, which is great for anyone looking to get some Zzzzs. But if you’re just looking to get high or relax a bit, fatigue is a side effect you want to avoid. 

Here are some useful tricks to help you counteract the sleepy effect of marijuana.

Change your setting

If you can’t go to bed or simply don’t want to, the most helpful thing to do is to change your setting. Go for a walk, start talking to a friend, eat something, preferably with protein to help you shake off the lazy feeling, or do something engrossing. A walk is particularly helpful for any and all occasions, exposing you to fresh air, new surroundings, and is something that can be done in almost all situations.

Stretching

Working out is one of the world’s best natural energy boosters, helping you sleep more soundly and decreasing your fatigue. It might be too much to ask of your body to go for a run while on a sleepy high, but some light stretches will do the trick, making you feel more present and helping you get out of your head a little bit.

Take a shower

If you’re at home or at a friend’s house and you start feeling that powerful marijuana-induced stupor, hop in the shower. This will help you relax and wake up, causing you to feel refreshed and ready to do something different.

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FDA warns about THC copycat edibles, children in serious danger

 

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About a month after a study led by researchers at NYU School of Global Public Health, revealed that “copycat” edibles can have levels of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC “that far exceed the limits set by state cannabis regulations” and may be easily confused for popular snack foods, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to all consumers about the accidental ingestion by children of food products containing THC. (Benzinga)

“Edibles are a popular and growing segment of the cannabis market. In states where cannabis use is legal, more than half (56%) of people who use cannabis consume edibles, with younger people more likely to do so,” reported NYU in a recent press release.

“These copycat cannabis products are a public health concern given that people—including children—could mistake them for snacks and accidentally consume them. From 2017 to 2019, U.S. Poison Control Centers handled nearly 2,000 cases of young children ages 0 to 9 consuming edibles.”

FDA further explains the problem

FDA said that THC edibles can be easily mistaken for commonly consumed foods such as breakfast cereal, candy, and cookies, and accidentally ingested, which can lead to adverse events, especially in children.

The agency further reiterated that some edible products are specifically designed to look like popular branded foods using similar brand names, logos, and package designs.

The FDA said is aware of reports of copycat products packaged to look like Cap’n Crunch, Cocoa Pebbles, Cocoa Puffs, Froot Loops, Fruity Pebbles, Nerds Ropes, Starbursts, Sour Patch Kids, and Trix, among others.

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Over 40? Smoking pot can lead to a heart attack

Frequent cannabis users have more risk of cardiovascular disease in middle age

Marijuana may be legal in 18 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam, but that doesn’t mean frequent use is healthy. New research led by Stanford Medicine scientists found smoking pot more than once a month can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack in middle age.

What’s more, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the component of the drug that gets you high, can cause inflammation in the cells that line blood vessels. It’s also blamed for atherosclerosis, or the buildup of fats in the artery walls of lab mice. The good news for people using marijuana to stimulate appetite, control nausea or dull pain: Researchers discovered genistein, a molecule that occurs naturally in soy and fava beans, can prevent the inflammation and atherosclerosis from occurring without taking away the feelings of being high. 

“As more states legalize the recreational use of marijuana, users need to be aware that it could have cardiovascular side effects,” Joseph Wu, M.D., professor of cardiovascular medicine and radiology and director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, says in a press release describing the research. “But genistein works quite well to mitigate marijuana-induced damage of the endothelial vessels without blocking the effects marijuana has on the central nervous system, and it could be a way for medical marijuana users to protect themselves from a cardiovascular standpoint.”

Frequent pot use can cause damage 

To determine the impact marijuana has on the heart, researchers analyzed the medical and genetic data of about 500,000 people between the ages of 40 and 69 in the UK Biobank study. Of those people, close to 35,000 reported smoking cannabis, with 11,000 reporting they smoked pot more than once a month. Researchers controlled for age, gender and body mass, which can have an impact on the heart, and found that those who said they smoked more than once a month were more likely than others in the study to have a heart attack. What’s more, the frequent marijuana users were more likely than those who abstained to have their first heart attack before the age of 50, known in the medical community as a “premature heart attack.” Having one before 50 increases the chances of subsequent heart attacks, heart failure and life-threatening arrhythmias later in life. 

The culprit for all these heart troubles: THC, which binds to the cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1), a receptor on cells in the human brain, heart and vasculature system. The receptor recognizes naturally occurring cannabinoids that regulate mood, pain, metabolism and immune function. But when a person uses too much pot, it prompts inappropriate activation of CB1, leading to inflammation and atherosclerosis. 

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