Cannabis use in older people is growing faster than any other age group in Colorado. However, many report they face barriers in getting access to medical marijuana. Due to the stigma attached to cannabis use, many older people report feeling self-conscious about asking their health care providers for a red card to obtain medical marijuana.
Study finds no evidence that cannabidiol (CBD) reduces the negative effects of cannabis.
Researchers have identified 35 genes associated with cannabis use. The study reports many of these genes are also associated with personality types, risk taking behavior, alcohol and tobacco use, and some psychiatric conditions.
By looking at THC’s effect on a rat brain, the researchers showed that THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, can produce highly rewarding effects in the front-most part of a region of the brain called the nucleus accumbens. The image is in the public domain.
Researchers report brain alterations associated with heightened feelings of negative emotion and alienation in people who have a dependence on cannabis.