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Research on marijuana’s negative health effects summarized in report

Source:  (As reported in ScienceDaily, June 5, 2014)  NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2014, June 5). Research on marijuana’s negative health effects summarized in report. ScienceDaily.

Retrieved June 10, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140605093311.htm

ScienceDaily Summary:

The current state of science on the adverse health effects of marijuana use links the drug to several significant adverse effects including addiction, a review reports.  The review describes the science establishing that marijuana can be addictive and that this risk for addiction increases for daily or young users.  It also offers insights into research on the gateway theory indicating that marijuana use, similar to nicotine and alcohol use, may be associated with an increased vulnerability to other drugs.

Journal Reference:

Nora D. Volkow, Ruben D. Baler, Wilson M. Compton, Susan R.B. Weiss. Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use. New England Journal of Medicine, 2014; 370 (23): 2219 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra1402309

WTR-RI Research & Analysis Team Note:

The lead author of the review New England Journal of Medicine article discussed in the ScienceDaily summary is Nora D. Volkow, PhD, current director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

For more NIDA published information on marijuana and its health consequences, go to:

www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana

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