University of Vermont

UVM Blogs

MJ Research Blog

  • Marijuana Intoxication

    MJ Research Blog on What's New in Marijuana Research
    Recently there has been an increase in emergency room visits for marijuana intoxication, perhaps due to the recently stronger potency of marijuana.  The most common symptoms of intoxication are euphoria, misperception of time, sedation, disturbed perceptions, continuous giggling, red eyes, increased heart rate, dry mouth and increased appetite. …[Read more]
    Posted March 02, 2012.
  • We're Now On Facebook!

    MJ Research Blog on What's New in Marijuana Research
    Loyal readers,   We now have a presence on the foremost social network, Facebook. Here is a link to our Facebook Page, if you find what you’ve been reading here useful and informative, please give us a like! Don’t hesitate to spread the word either. Thanks.   Respectfully yours, MJ Research Blog
    Posted January 20, 2012.
  • New Study on Marijuana and Automobile Accidents

    MJ Research Blog on What's New in Marijuana Research
    Marijuana use worsens reaction time, perception, coordination and decision making; thus, one would think it would worsen driving.  Marijuana appears to influence automatic performance whereas alcohol appears to impair judgment.  Also, some data suggest that marijuana users are more aware of their intoxication than alcohol users and compensate for…[Read more]
    Posted January 20, 2012.
  • Which Behavioral Strategies Help Marijuana Users Stop?

    MJ Research Blog on What's New in Marijuana Research
    Many marijuana users can easily stop but others cannot do so, despite many attempts.  Past studies found that events such as marriage, a new job, or completing schooling can motivate and help users quit.  Although many clinics, brochures and websites have tips about how to quit, whether these tips really work has rarely been tested.  [...]
    Posted December 12, 2011.
  • Marijuana and lung disease

    MJ Research Blog on What's New in Marijuana Research
    Evolution designed man to avoid, not seek, taking smoke into the lungs; thus, any smoked substance is likely to cause harm.  In fact, marijuana users are more likely to have bronchitis (i.e., coughing and shortness of breath) and lung infections such as pneumonia (Hall W, Lancet 374, p 1383-1391, 2009).  Most, but not all, studies [...]
    Posted November 03, 2011.
  • Marijuana Use and Anxiety

    MJ Research Blog on What's New in Marijuana Research
    Marijuana has been said to both increase and decrease anxiety or nervousness.  A recent review article (Crippa et al Human Psychopharmacology 24: p 515-523, 2009) clarifies this seeming contradiction.   When scientists find an association between two events (e.g. A and B), then it could mean A causes B, B causes A, or something else else [...]
    Posted November 03, 2011.
  • Can Medications Help Marijuana Users Reduce or Stop?

    MJ Research Blog on What's New in Marijuana Research
    The difficulty some marijuana users have in reducing or stopping their use appears to be due to a dependence on marijuana; e.g, use of marijuana is to obtain the effects of the drug THC (tetrahydrocannabanol), there are cannabinoid receptors in everyone’s brains, and stopping marijuana can cause a withdrawal symptom.   With other drug…[Read more]
    Posted November 03, 2011.
  • Marijuana and cognition

    MJ Research Blog on What's New in Marijuana Research
    Marijuana use is clearly associated with poorer memory, learning, decision making, impulsivity and attention.  Some have wondered whether these problems are caused by marijuana or predated marijuana use.  A recent review (Crean, Journal of Addictive Medicine 5 :1-8, 2011) concluded that marijuana use itself can cause these. It also examined…[Read more]
    Posted November 03, 2011.
  • What strategies for quitting marijuana actually work?

    MJ Research Blog on What's New in Marijuana Research
    Many self-help websites, publications and helplines list tips to help marijuana users stop smoking.  However, no one has ever scientifically tested if these tips actually work.  One survey asked 65 daily marijuana users (mean 3.7 joints/day for 19 years) who had recently tried to quit on their own, what strategies they used when they tried [...]
    Posted November 03, 2011.
  • Marijuana and driving accidents

    MJ Research Blog on What's New in Marijuana Research
    A recent review of the harms from marijuana use (Hall W, Lancet 374, p 1383-1391, 2009) reported that marijuana users are 2-3 times more likely to be in a car accident.  This rate is smaller than that for heavy alcohol drinkers (6-15 times more likely), in part  because marijuana users appear to be more aware [...]
    Posted November 03, 2011.
  • Marijuana and schizophrenia

    MJ Research Blog on What's New in Marijuana Research
    The association of marijuana and schizophrenia (a life-long mental disease characterized by chronic hallucinations and delusions) may be one the most studied and most controversial areas in drug abuse (Hall W, Lancet 374, p 1383-1391, 2009).  .  The most compelling data come from studies that found those who used marijuana were more likely to later [...]
    Posted November 03, 2011.
  • Marijuana as Medicine

    MJ Research Blog on What's New in Marijuana Research
    The active ingredients in marijuana are a group of chemicals called “cannabinoids.”   Since we all have receptors on the nerve cells in our brain for these chemicals, it is reasonable to believe that cannabinoids might have some therapeutic benefits.  A pro- vs con- debate on this recently occurred ( Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 83, p…[Read more]
    Posted November 03, 2011.
  • Why Do People Say They Want to Quit Smoking Marijuana?

    MJ Research Blog on What's New in Marijuana Research
    When young adults 16-24 yr olds who are trying to quit or reduce marijuana are asked why they want to change, the more common answers include a) legal problems,   b) new or first job, c) upcoming urine test, d) getting married or moving in with nonuser, or e) having a kid.  But many older marijuana [...]
    Posted November 03, 2011.
  • this is a new post, hooray!

    MJ Research Blog on that ish
    In an effort to test how easy it is to update my blog, i’m trying the QuickPress option. I notice it doesn’t allow me to attach anything or upload a file, so this might be cumbersome for formatting
    Posted September 30, 2011.