U.S. states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes “can expect a moderate increase in birth rates,” according to researchers from the University of Connecticut. Researchers found that states with medical marijuana saw an increase of four births per 10,000 women. We just see more people having more sex and more kids,” said Professor David Simon, who with […]

Cannabis potency has doubled across Europe in the past decade, according to the first study to track changes in the drug across the continent. The study found that both cannabis resin and herbal cannabis have increased in strength and price with potentially harmful consequences for users. See the original article at The Guardian

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released the latest update of its Monitoring the Future survey, which evaluates the drug habits of American eighth, tenth and twelfth graders. This newest survey shows that teen cannabis consumption has actually dropped since states began legalizing the substance in 2012. And while teens are more likely […]

A group of researchers from the University of Florida recently published a study showing that smoking marijuana may actually improve working memory. Despite a number of studies that show cannabis consumption may damage your memory, this study, which tested the working memory of 32 cannabis-smoking rats, suggests the opposite is true. See the original article […]

Industrial hemp plants could offer a much-needed late-season pollen boon for bees. Honeybee health has faltered in recent years, and conservationists worry about the fates of the many, less-studied wild bees. Bees in 23 out of the 66 genera known to live in Colorado were discovered seeking hemp pollen in what is thought to be the […]

A new study shows that cannabis users are less obese than those who do not use marijuana, suggesting that the drug could help support weight loss. Dr. Yan Le Strat, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Paris, in 2011 published an analysis of two sets of survey data. The first showed that 16.1 percent of cannabis […]

A meta-study of cannabis research reveals that female mammals — including humans — are more likely to habitually consume cannabis. The review of research published in the journal Frontiers examined a wide range of animal and human studies regarding cannabis use and the mammalian endocannabinoid system and compared that to changes in hormones and hormone-driven body systems […]

About 9% of US adults between the ages of 50 and 64 have used marijuana at least once during the survey year, while 3% of those over 65 have done so, new research finds. For middle-age adults, the percentage of cannabis users has doubled over nearly a decade, according to the study, published Thursday in […]

A study by researchers at Washington State University has found evidence of “demonstrable and persistent benefit” to police departments’ effectiveness in Washington and Colorado since the states voted to legalize cannabis in 2012. Researchers used monthly FBI data to investigate crime clearance rates for the states from 2010 to 2015; crimes are normally considered “cleared” […]

The operation of medical cannabis dispensaries is not associated with increases in either violent crime or property crime, according to the findings of a discussion paper published by the IZA Research Institute. Researchers affiliated with the RAND Corporation investigated whether the establishment of medical cannabis dispensaries in California affects local crime rates – including rates […]

According to a new study, which will soon be published in the scientific journal Addiction, there is no link between the continuous use of cannabis and changes in the structure of the brain. For the study, researchers used MRI screenings to evaluate the connection between frequent marijuana use and the volumes of gray matter in […]

A new study published by High Yield Insights has found that 44% of cannabis consumers in legal, adult-use marketplaces self-identify as medical users. According to the study, the three most common reasons for self-medicating with cannabis are as pain relief (69 percent of respondents), sleep aids (65 percent), and anti-anxiety medication (54 percent). The report […]

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An article published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health earlier this year found that claims about cannabis use decreasing fertility were not true. More than 4,000 women and 1,000 men were enrolled in the study to determine the effects of the drug on fertility. 12 percent of the women in the study and […]

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In a new study that is set to be published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers collected data from over 2 million posts on Reddit to study cannabis consumption trends. The researchers examined posts made between 2010 and 2016 with the objective of determining what forms of cannabis consumption are most popular among […]

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UC San Diego announced Wednesday it has received a $4.7 million gift to conduct multi-disciplinary research into whether marijuana can be helpful in treating autism. The medical school’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research will study whether cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, holds clues for developing effective autism therapies. The funding from the Ray […]

For the first time, Quinnipiac, found that the majority of Florida voters think marijuana should be legal. Among registered voters in Florida, 53 percent support making it legal for adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use while, 42 percent oppose legalization. This represents a dramatic increase in support in less than a year. When Quinnipiac […]

According to a new study at Rhode Island Hospital which compared 20 years worth of data from states with and without medical marijuana laws, legalizing the drug did not lead to increased use among adolescents. Parents and physicians concerned about an increase in adolescents’ marijuana use following the legalization of medical marijuana can breathe a […]