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Marijuana users substitute alcohol at 21
- July 7, 2015
- University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. (2015, July 7). Marijuana users substitute alcohol at 21. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 8, 2015 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150707120441.htm
- ScienceDaily Summary:
- A recent study looked at marijuana and alcohol use in people between the ages of 18 and 24. It’s probably not surprising that the results show a drastic increase in alcohol consumption in people just over 21; after all, that’s the minimum legal age to drink. What an economist-researcher found remarkable is that, at the same age, there was an equally dramatic drop in marijuana use.
Benjamin Crost, Santiago Guerrero. The effect of alcohol availability on marijuana use: Evidence from the minimum legal drinking age. Journal of Health Economics, 2012; 31 (1): 112 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2011.12.005
What effect does marijuana really have on weight gain?
- Université de Montréal. (2015, June 30). What effect does marijuana really have on weight gain?. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 1, 2015 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150630080147.htm
- ScienceDaily Summary:
- While cannabis alters the functions of neurobiological circuits controlling appetite, its effect on weight gain is complex since several factors appear to be involved. The main finding of the study shows that long-term cannabis use indeed influences weight gain, although its effects may differ by gender.
Emily Dubé, Jennifer O’Loughlin, Igor Karp, Didier Jutras-Aswad. Cigarette smoking may modify the association between cannabis use and adiposity in males. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 2015; 135: 121 DOI: 10.1016/j.pbb.2015.04.018
Daily Pot Smoking May Hasten Onset of Psychosis
Source: (As reported in ScienceDaily, December 21, 2009) Emory University. (2009, December 21). Daily Pot Smoking May Hasten Onset of Psychosis. ScienceDaily.
Retrieved June 9, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091220144936.htm
Progression to daily marijuana use in adolescence may hasten the onset of symptoms leading up to psychosis, a tumblr post finds.
Compton et al. Association of Pre-Onset Cannabis, Alcohol, and Tobacco Use With Age at Onset of Prodrome and Age at Onset of Psychosis in First-Episode Patients. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2009; 166 (11): 1251 DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2009.09030311
WTR-RI Research & Analysis Team Note:
ScienceDaily also reports the researchers identified a gender difference in that females who progressed to daily use were at higher risk for developing psychosis.