Weed Science News: O/Ds Doubled, Smart Stoners, Marijuana Murderer

Dr. Mitch Earleywine discusses the latest science news on The Russ Belville Show every Monday

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Dr. Mitch Earleywine is a professor of psychology at the State University of New York - Albany, author Pot & Politics and A Parent's Guide to Marijuana, and a member of the NORML Board of Directors.

Every Monday at 3:30pm Pacific Time on The Russ Belville Show, I speak with Dr. Mitch Earleywine, one of America’s leading researchers on cannabis science, culture, history, and health. Listen in today to learn more about these cannabis science stories from the past week:

Drug Overdose Deaths Have Doubled Since 1999

Researchers Holly Hedegaard, with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Office of Analysis and Epidemiology, and Margaret Warner and Arialdi M. Miniño, with the NCHS Division of Vital Statistics compiled statistics that show the rate of U.S. drug overdose deaths more than doubled over a 16-year period, increasing from about 6 deaths per 100,000 people in 1999 to 16 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015, according to the CDC.

Smart Kids Are More Likely To Be Drinking and Smoking Pot

Our aim was to determine the association between childhood academic ability and the onset and persistence of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use across adolescence in a representative sample of English schools pupils. … In a sample of over 6000 young people in England, high childhood academic at age 11 is associated with a reduced risk of cigarette smoking but an increased risk of drinking alcohol regularly and cannabis use.

New Synthetic Uses Endocannabinoid Receptor to Block Pain Without High

These modulating compounds, called positive allosteric modulators, or PAMs, work by binding to a recently discovered site on a cannabinoid receptor in the brain called CB1, which is different from the site that binds THC. The PAMs were synthesized by Ganesh A. Thakur at Northeastern University, who is a collaborator on the study.

Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial: Marijuana Made Me Do It!

Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers are thinking about using a pot defense, saying their client’s habit of smoking marijuana may have turned him into a murderous monster.

Marijuana Edibles Labels Need Improvement

“We discovered that people think there is too much information listed on the labels of edibles, thus potentially overlooking important information on consumption advice” said Sheryl C. Cates, corresponding author of the study and senior research policy analyst at RTI. “Our study also determined that labels often do not make it clear that the product contains marijuana, which can lead to accidental ingestion.”

Is Marijuana Legalization Harming The Environment?

Controlling the indoor growing environment requires considerable energy with power requirements estimated to be similar to that of Google’s massive data centers. No significant data has been collected on the air pollution impacts on worker’s public health inside these growing facilities or the degradation of outdoor air quality due to emissions produced by the industrial scale production of marijuana.

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