Medicine/Healing

Study: adult-use legalization associated with decline in youth treatment admissions

The enactment of adult-use cannabis legalization laws is not associated with an increase in marijuana-related youth drug treatment admissions, according to data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Separate studies have reported a dramatic and consistent decline in the prevalence of so-called cannabis use disorder over the better part of the past two decades. Self-reported use of marijuana…

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Cannabis stores are now essential businesses…

[Some] store operators say it’s about time regulators began treating marijuana stores on par with comparable retailers. An estimated 243,000 full-time-equivalent employees worked in the legal marijuana industry across the U.S. as of January 2020… that’s up 15% in a single year. In comparison, the politically popular coal mining industry employs just about 50,000, according…

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Cannabis can decrease risk of digestive disorders in those with schizophrenia

A new Danish research study, recently published in the Psychological Medicine journal, found that cannabis can reduce the risk of digestive disorders and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) among individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia. The researchers found that patients with schizophrenia were more likely to develop digestive organ disorders, including IBD and gut-brain interaction disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)…

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Psychedelics in addiction recovery: taking a deep look at sober communities that use psychedelics

Although taking psilocybin in a clinical trial context is a bit different than taking mushrooms at home or out in nature, the insight psychedelic experiences provide, including the lasting motivation to prevent relapse, is a major reason folks in recovery are turning to psychedelics.  The recovery community is huge and diverse, but the thing most…

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Dear psychedelic researchers, [advocates, citizens, and educators]

…two major contributors to the mental health epidemic are staring us in the face: wealth and health inequality… [which] perpetuate traumas that frequently manifest in treatment-resistant mental illnesses. In this context, the story that psychedelic medicalization will revolutionize mental health in the absence of socioeconomic change is nothing more than a persistent hallucination… if we…

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Legalizing marijuana increases housing prices [potentially exacerbating homelessness and housing affordability for low-income], study finds

As they describe it, the economists found “positive effects in the top of the distribution following the success of the ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana, but no effect in the lower half.” Why the lopsided effect? The economists say a number of mechanisms could be at work, with a big one being access to liquidity…

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