High school aged girls who use marijuana experience a greater impact on their working memory and academic success than their male peers.
Examining the brains of frequent cannabis users, researchers have identified a pattern of connectivity related to craving the substance. The findings add weight to the idea that brain regions do not work in isolation, but via the connectivity of multiple networks that signal to each other depending on state and need. Brain connectivity during cannabis cravings is not static but has fluctuations in connection patterns between the central executive network and nucleus accumbens.
Multiple sclerosis patients are nine times more likely to discuss the use of alternative medicines, including cannabis, with their neurologists as treatment options than they were in 2001. 81% of MS patients report the use of dietary supplements to help with disease management, and 39% report participating in mindfulness and other mind-body therapies. 30% of patients reported using marijuana to help treat their symptoms.
High-potency marijuana boosts the blood level of THC more than 50% more than smoking lower-potency cannabis, but it doesn't necessarily make you higher or impair cognition more, a new study reports.
Researchers also found preliminary evidence that ovarian hormones may modulate the differential response in women and may be related to different levels of estrogen.
Many cannabis users don't know how much THC or CBD is considered an effective dose.
Analyzing the results of 15 different studies involving over 300 subjects, researchers discovered a single dose of THC could induce psychiatric symptoms in people with no history of psychosis.
Pregnant women with depression are three times as likely to use cannabis than those who have no depressive symptoms. The prevalence of cannabis use was 25% in pregnant women with depression and perceived no risk from the substance.