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Trends of Cannabis Use Disorder Among Inpatients (video)

As states legalize medical and recreational use of marijuana, hospitals are seeing an increase in inpatients who are marijuana users. The most common co-morbidities among marijuana users are psychiatric disease and alcoholism. There has been an increase in older, sicker patients using cannabis, most likely due to the advent of medical marijuana in many states. […]

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Trends of Cannabis Use Disorder in the Inpatient: 2002 to 2011

The nationwide prevalence of cannabis use/abuse has more than doubled from 2002 to 2011. Whether the outpatient trend is reflected in the inpatient setting is unknown. We examined the prevalence and incidence of cannabis abuse/dependence as determined by discharge coding in a 10-year (2002-2011) National Inpatient Sample, as well as various trends among demographics, comorbidities, […]

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Heavy Cannabis Use Is Associated With Low Bone Mineral Density and an Increased Risk of Fractures

To investigate possible associations between recreational cannabis use and bone health in humans. Methods Cross-sectional study of individuals recruited from primary care in the UK between 2011 and 2013. Cases were regular smokers of cannabis divided into moderate (n = 56) and heavy user (n = 144) subgroups depending on whether they reported fewer or more than […]

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Top 10 Facts on Synthetic Cannabinoids: Not So Nice Spice

Recent outbreaks of synthetic cannabinoid-related emergency department visits across the country have been in the news lately. Between April 1 and May 31, 2015, Mississippi reported 1243 emergency department visits due to adverse events from synthetic cannabinoids,1 with 10% requiring intensive care unit (ICU) admission, 11% non-ICU admission, and 17 potentially related deaths.1 The US […]

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Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome: Cyclical Vomiting Behind the Cloud of Smoke

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a recently described clinical entity associated with marijuana use that is characterized by abdominal pain and vomiting. It is often under-recognized, resulting in unnecessary diagnostic measures and frustration to both patient and physician. This syndrome should be among the differential diagnoses for patients with cyclical vomiting, especially when associated with compulsive […]

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