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Cannabis Legalization Does Not Influence Patient Compliance with Opioid Therapy

Prescription opioid use and opioid related deaths continue to increase nationwide. Several states have adopted legislation allowing for recreational use of cannabis. Little is known about how recreational cannabis laws impact compliance in chronic pain patients who have been prescribed opioid therapy. The goals of this study were to (1) retrospectively assess the effect of cannabis […]

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Marijuana’s Effects on Brain Structure and Function: What Do We Know and What Should We Do? A Brief Review and Commentary

The present epidemic of opioid addiction and the enthusiasm about marijuana use by advocates of its legalization may have diverted attention from its reported adverse health effects. These include clinical studies that demonstrate chronic marijuana use is associated with long-term deleterious effects on cognition.1 Neuroscientists have been carefully pairing neurodiagnostic tools with newer neuroimaging technologies to […]

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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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Models of mediation and moderation analyses. Models of used for PROCESS to theoretically assess mediation and moderation of the effects of heavy cannabis use on bone mineral density outcomes.

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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