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  • Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate

    About eight months ago, I moved to California from Texas - two states that have very different viewpoints when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana . The drug seems to be everywhere here, smoked by people walking across the street or consumed in ...

    ... and side effects when using any pain-relieving drug. Ultimately, it's a personal choice; educate yourself further about the risks and benefits and, above all, consult with your doctor to determine whether or not medical ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... medication and had fewer side effects. Most commonly, marijuana was used as an ... different prescriptions medications used to treat her medical conditions. She stated, “Medical cannabis is the reason I'm opiate ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... said he welcomes the state's new medical marijuana program. Research has found marijuana to be effective in treating pain and a range of other health conditions with fewer side effects than some pharmaceutical drugs. Dr ... continue reading
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  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

    Medical marijuana isn't just for humans anymore. All around the country, pet owners are turning to pot as a way to alleviate their furry friends' pain and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain ...

    ... still swear by medical marijuana for pets. They claim they've seen first-hand the noticeable effects marijuana made on the ... . Additional Reading : Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The Effects of Marijuana Use

    Is Marijuana Harmful? Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States. It is normally smoked as a joint or in a pipe and can also be smoked as a blunt. Marijuana can be mixed with food, brewed as tea or used in the form of ...

    ... . Side Effects When a person is high on marijuana, the side effects of marijuana include ... Effects of Marijuana Credit: Howcast Long-Term Effects of Marijuana The long-term effects of marijuana can lead to an adverse effect ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Withdrawal

    Marijuana (cannabis, weed, grass, hashish) is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 8.4% of all Americans over the age of 12 (22.2 million people) used ...

    ... harm. There are many negative side effects of marijuana use including anxiety, increased heart ... people who use marijuana will develop a marijuana use disorder , a medical term that includes marijuana abuse , dependence, ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

    ... looks like daily marijuana use has the opposite effect: it actually increases insomnia. Tons of marijuana users claim the ... . Additional Reading: Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Marijuana (Weed, Cannabis) Overdose Symptoms, Signs & Treatment

    Marijuana is a very popular drug—and a legal one in several states—yet many people don't realize it still carries risks and the possibility of harm in excessive quantities. Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Overdose While rare, a marijuana ...

    ... previously. If you are in doubt about whether you are experiencing the side effects of a marijuana overdose, it is still best to seek medical help immediately by: Calling 911. Going to the nearest emergency room (if ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Marijuana Addict

    Marijuana continues to be the most widely abused illicit drug. The increased state-level legality of marijuana may be promoting perceptions of lower risks and higher benefits among high school students. In recent surveying, one third of 10 th ...

    ... the treatment center address other needs such as co-occurring medical or mental health issues? Does your center offer detox ... THC in marijuana activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain leading to effects like: Euphoric ... continue reading
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  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

    Lots of the people who have tried marijuana have done so in the form of snacks like pot cookies or brownies. Since one of the effects of pot is an increased appetite, it's only natural that the “ganja-preneurs” are marketing more marijuana ...

    ... and the effects can last from six to 10 hours. Serious Side Effects Taken in large doses, marijuana edibles can ... be a major side effect in young children. They've Contributed to Tragedies Marijuana edibles have played ... continue reading
  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

    According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant pain, the number of opiate prescriptions has nearly doubled over the last decade. Today, opiates like ...

    ... , HIV, multiple sclerosis, and glaucoma. Despite the diagnosis, medical marijuana is primarily used to relieve chronic or severe pain. It's that pain-relieving effect that decreases the number of fatal opioid overdoses ... continue reading
  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

    4 states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. With these changes in policy, a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How does marijuana use affect ...

    ... With these changes in policy, a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How does marijuana use affect the body and mind over time? Is it safe? Unfortunately, there isn't a lot ... continue reading
  • “But It's Legal Now!”: How to Talk to Kids About Marijuana

    Barry Lessin, MS, is a licensed psychologist who has been serving the Philadelphia region for over 40 years. In his practice, he helps youth and families avoid the harms of drug use and build stronger relationships. He's also co-founder, along with ...

    ... to their kids rather than preaching or judging are the keys to keeping kids safe in a world that is rapidly changing. Additional Reading: Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Legal Marijuana: Test Your Knowledge

    Marijuana is quickly becoming a regulated commercial industry, with products ranging from candy bars to cannabis drinks. So, what's legal? Will you go to jail if you are caught munching THC brownies in the wrong state? Take the following quiz to ...

    ... heavy taxes on the products. Buying it on the black market is cheaper. Medical marijuana is legal in all states. Click Here for the Answer False. Medical marijuana is now legal in 24 states and Washington, DC. It's legal ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug Enforcement ...

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, ... continue reading
  • Marijuana History and Statistics

    History Marijuana has roots as far back as 2737 B.C. It has been referenced in ancient Chinese medicine, and soon spread from China to India, North Africa, and Europe by 500 A.D. Historically reported medicinal uses included treating rheumatism, ...

    ... legal status has an effect on the price per gram. Street prices tend to be lower than medical dispensary prices, though Colorado has seen a price shift since first legalizing recreational marijuana, dropping 40% within ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth ...

    ... dire dental problems. Third, marijuana users often suffer from another common side effect: the munchies. With an ... the potential effects, maybe they should. Learn more about the history and statistics of marijuana abuse ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all areas of ...

    ... more important than ever to gain a thorough understanding of the effects of marijuana. Reduced brain blood flow could be a very harmful effect previously overlooked. Other studies “have associated weakened blood flow in ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Hotline Guide

    Call Now What is Marijuana? Marijuana, also known as cannabis or weed can be viewed by some as a relatively innocuous or low-risk drug, contains delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol—more commonly known as THC—which is a mind-altering chemical that ...

    ... Effects of Marijuana Marijuana can have both short-term and long-term effects on users. Short-term effects may ... are in immediate danger or are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately. The Substance Abuse ... continue reading
  • Marijuana and Breastfeeding

    Cannabis (also called marijuana) is the most commonly used drug during pregnancy. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), there were 78,000 pregnant women who reported using marijuana in the past month 1 . While many feel ...

    ... do not establish a clear cause and effect relationship between marijuana exposure during lactation and a decrease in ... of studies investigating the direct post-natal effects of marijuana in breastmilk, it's clear that ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Use and Abuse

    What Is Marijuana? Marijuana refers to the leaves, flowers, and extracts of the plant Cannabis sativa and several closely related species commonly known as hemp. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States and is known by a ...

    ... . Mental health effects : Long-term marijuana use can decrease ... marijuana dependence, professional detoxification facilities can provide a safe, supportive place for abusers to get the drug out of their systems. Medical ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... of THC concentration or potency, swiftness of effect onset, and longevity of these symptoms ... 8 Consuming a drink brewed with marijuana, such as a tea, will result in a gradual onset of effects similar to that of solid ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    Jobs change with technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of work. It turns out, people aren't the only ones affected by those changes. Due to new marijuana guidelines , ...

    ... in the Pacific northwest have to get new jobs, too. These well trained canines were trained to detect the scent of marijuana . Now that it's legal to use cannabis in some cases, the K9 unit no longer needs them to focus ... continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

    What does Mary Jane's breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring ...

    ... the foundation for the reliable systems of the future.” With so much work ahead, you probably won't see a marijuana breathalyzer in the hands of a police officer next week - but the concept is much closer to reality than ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from ...

    ... affected by the smoke. Time Isn't on Your Side These are the shocking results discovered by a group of researchers examining the effects of secondhand marijuana smoke. Admittedly, the studies involved rats rather than ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

    “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function, but we had no idea up until now of what this might mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis.” - Prof. Stuart Ralston , Centre for Genomic and ...

    ... of unknown” include learning the kind of effects marijuana can have on one vitally important body system ... used marijuana in the previous month. As of late 2016, around 25 states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or ... continue reading
  • Are You Really Addicted to Marijuana? Is Anyone?

    More Americans are becoming aware that drug addiction is a disease and not a character flaw, but many continue to find it difficult to believe that marijuana addiction is real. This could be because they experimented with marijuana weed at one point ...

    ... adverse effects. A longitudinal study in New Zealand found that regular marijuana use starting ... a high potential for abuse and there are very legitimate medical applications…the science is there. This isn't anecdotal.” ... continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

    Cannabis, or marijuana , is a complex plant that has psychoactive and medicinal elements. It contains more than 480 naturally occurring ingredients, including at least 65 unique chemical structures called cannabinoids found in the actual plant. What ...

    ... of the CBN can have a significant, sedating effect. Cannabigerol Recent studies have reported on the potential ... and flavor of marijuana. Researchers believe that terpenoids may also display therapeutic effects, as well. ... continue reading
  • Weed the People

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Since the We the People petitioning system was launched on Whitehouse.gov in September 2011, more than half a million people have contributed their signatures in support of the legalization or rescheduling of ...

    ... of-republican-millennials-favor-marijuana-legalization/ 5. http://time.com/3748075/marijuana-legalization-2016/ 6. http://www.governing.com/gov-data/state-marijuana-laws-map-medical-recreational.html 7. https://petitions ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... recreational use, while all the previously mentioned states plus 19 others have legalized forms of marijuana for medical use. Cause for Serious Concern Researchers in Sweden concede that cannabis smoke contains only 400 ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... much really, except they increase their prices to cover the cost of the fancy new containers and colorful labels. Additional Reading: When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    What happens when a new law is put into place? Dozens of other rulings follow suit to regulate the ramifications of the first law. As each new scenario pops up, lawmakers create another regulation to deal with it. The legislation process sure does ...

    ... of Marijuana Laws The legalization of marijuana is a perfect sample of this law-making domino effect. One ... decision will be disappointing to several California medical marijuana retailers. Hoping to capitalize on new ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill ...

    ... a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic ... provisions for marijuana use for animals. Even Segerblom admitted that pot could have a negative effect on the ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... the vocabulary problem on a regular basis is a completely different animal. And if you have a history of marijuana use , it could be at the root of your failed memory. What We Know Researchers recently examined longtime ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    What happens to confiscated pot? Does it go to Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into the high seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated ...

    ... confiscated from a truck in Serbia at the end of 2016. Current laws in Germany permit the medical use of marijuana with a prescription. (Obviously, this mountain of weed went far beyond the amount allowed for personal ... continue reading
  • Golden State Gives No-Go for Booze-Cannabis Combo

    Alcohol is legal in California. Now, recreational use of marijuana is, too. Does that mean Californians will be allowed to sit at their favorite bar stool and consume a cocktail and cannabis? Nope. Why Not? The question has definitely come up among ...

    ... hitting the books, these regulations could change in the future. But, for now, Californians who want to mix marijuana and margaritas at their local bar are out of luck. Talk to Us: Have something to share? Curious what ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease ...

    ... is most likely due to more prevalent use of marijuana for medical reasons . As more and more states legalize usage, ... future dates to see if new laws have had any effects - either positive or negative - on our nation' ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... marijuana's effects on pain differ between the sexes. Recent research found men who smoke marijuana ... medical use . The results also affirm the importance of including both men and women in future studies on marijuana's ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... tolerance than their more heavily dosed male counterparts. The effects of THC are worse when a woman is ovulating. ... spike is responsible for the irregular menstrual cycles marijuana use is known to cause among women. What ... continue reading
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    ... in most cases, stimulant withdrawal is not a medical emergency, it can be quite a difficult and ... Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana ... continue reading
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Kratom Use

    What is Kratom? Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a tree-like plant from Southeast Asia that belongs to the same family of plants as coffee and gardenias. Kratom has been used as an herbal remedy in Thailand and neighboring countries for hundreds of ...

    ... most medical professionals). You may be wondering, 'how long does a kratom high last?' The effects of ... Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Soma Use

    Soma (generic name: carisoprodol ) is prescribed for short-term relief of acute musculoskeletal pain . It is intended only to be used for short time periods (generally up to 3 weeks). Is Soma Dangerous? The therapeutic effect of Soma is effectively ...

    ... be completed under the watchful supervision of a medical professional, as certain symptoms may arise that ... Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Concerta Use

    Concerta is the trade name of a central nervous system stimulant known as methylphenidate . It is prescribed mainly for the treatment of: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a stimulant, ...

    ... . NOTE : It is smart to detox under close medical supervision, such as in a rehab facility, because of ... Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lortab Use

    Lortab is the combination of hydrocodone , an opiate used to manage pain, and acetaminophen , an over-the-counter analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducer) that augments the pain-relieving effects of the hydrocodone. Lortab is prescribed in pill ...

    ... Anxiety. Once you've safely detoxed under medical supervision, your treatment will generally shift to ... Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as having a very low potential for addiction; however, its instance of abuse and dependency ...

    ... quite innocently, needing it long term for legitimate medical reasons, and then built up a tolerance to ... Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Phenobarbital Use

    Phenobarbital, marketed under the trade names Luminal and Solfoton, is a barbiturate that is typically prescribed for patients suffering from seizures, tics or repetitive motor disorders, or Tourette's syndrome. It is sometimes indicated in the ...

    ... stop “cold turkey” without the help of a medical professional, as the detox process can actually be life ... Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Codeine Use

    Codeine is one of the many pharmaceuticals classified as an opiate . Opiates are narcotics with a high potential for addiction. When used as prescribed, this pain reliever and cough suppressant is a relatively mild opiate. However, it is still a ...

    ... to overcome without the guidance of a trained medical professional at a rehab facility . Codeine ... Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Amphetamine Use

    While amphetamines have clinical use, their potential for abuse and dependency is high. Legitimate use may turn into addiction. Amphetamines such as Adderall , and non-amphetamine stimulants such as Ritalin are gaining in popularity as recreational ...

    ... The user's medical state. Body composition. The dosage of amphetamine. Side effects of amphetamines can ... Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Inhalant Use

    Are Inhalants Harmful? There are a huge number of inhalants available for abuse, and they're fairly easy to obtain. It's unsurprising that teens in particular are susceptible to inhalant abuse, simply because these compounds can be obtained from any ...

    ... medical gases like nitrous oxide, commonly found in whipped cream cans. To help an Inhalant addict , call our 24/7 hotline at for more information. Video: What Is Huffing Freon? Credit: Howcast Side Effects The side ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Clonazepam Use

    What is Clonazepam? Clonazepam, commonly known by its brand name Klonopin, is a prescription medication commonly used for its anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant benefits. How Worried Should We Be About Benzos? This medication is part of a larger group ...

    ... excitation, and withdrawal seizure activity , so medical supervision is essential for someone looking to ... Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ...

    ... for Percocet addiction here . Substance Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal ... continue reading
  • Barbiturates’ Side Effects

    Are Barbiturates Harmful? Barbiturates are members of a broad class of drugs called sedatives that have historically been prescribed for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and seizures; however, prolonged use at increasing doses may have severe ...

    ... have side effect profiles. Chronic abuse of barbiturates can produce a number of adverse effects, such ... Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Side Effects of Ambien Sleeping Pills

    We've all been there—you can't sleep, and you're left tossing and turning in your bed. You know that getting a good night's sleep is one of the best ways to take care of yourself, but you can't seem to shut your eyes. It's debatable what's leading ...

    ... are highly desirable to millions of people, they may come at a cost. Here's a look at five possible side effects of Ambien you'll want to consider before use. 4,5 Increases the chances of driving a car (sleep-driving ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Zolpidem Abuse

    Is Zolpidem Harmful? Zolpidem is a hypnotic, or sleep-promoting substance, found in some prescription insomnia medications, including the sleeping pill Ambien 1 . As a sedative-hypnotic substance, zolpidem can impart a sense of euphoria and ...

    ... effects can last through to the next day, even through overnight abstinence 1 . Memory problems are another potential side effect ... withdrawal safe, by providing appropriate medical and mental health interventions, should ... continue reading
  • What Are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?

    Is Oxycodone Dangerous? Oxycodone is a prescription opioid analgesic that is used to manage moderate to severe pain by changing the way that the brain responds to pain. 1 It is the primary active component in the commonly prescribed pharmaceutical ...

    ... , and tend to get worse as the dose increases. Other side effects can be much more serious and may require immediate medical help: 1,2,4 Postural hypotension Lightheadedness Extreme drowsiness Irregular heart ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Diazepam Abuse

    Diazepam is a benzodiazepine commonly prescribed under the brand name Valium. This substance depresses the central nervous system (CNS) to manage 1,2 : Anxiety. Muscle spasms. Seizures. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Is Diazepam Harmful? Despite ...

    ... (e.g., opioid painkillers) or to counteract the side effects of other drugs (e.g., cocaine, amphetamines) 2 ... safe removal of the remaining medication from the body. Medical providers on staff will be able to address any ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of ACTIQ Abuse

    ACTIQ is a brand name for fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid painkiller that is used only for severe pain such as breakthrough cancer pain 1 . Fentanyl is available in a number of formulations and delivery methods, including 2,3,4 : Tablets and ...

    ... repeated administration) before the antidote takes effect 2 . Long-Term Effects of Abuse ACTIQ has some unique ... those abusing the drug and those taking it for medical need. Those who use ACTIQ—and especially those who ... continue reading
  • Snorting Molly (MDMA) and its Side Effects and Risks

    What is Molly (MDMA)? Molly, commonly referred to as MDMA or 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is a synthetic drug with both amphetamine stimulant properties and mild hallucinogenic effects. It is the primary psychoactive agent found in many ...

    ... others, to feeling energized and happy 1, 2 . But this euphoric high has a darker side. Ecstasy side effects range from mildly uncomfortable to life-threatening, and they vary depending on whether MDMA was combined with ... continue reading
  • Snorting Xanax (Alprazolam): Side Effects & Dangers

    What Does Snorting Xanax Do? Xanax (generic name: alprazolam) is a prescription sedative medication that falls into the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which are commonly prescribed for the management of anxiety. 1, 2 While taking Xanax as ...

    ... Side Effects of Snorting Xanax Xanax can cause a range of side effects that can impact a person's physical and mental health. Side effects ... or more of the following settings: Medical detox programs . Detoxification is a ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is a brand name for the medication lisdexamfetamine that is prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and binge-eating disorders 1,2 . Vyvanse belongs to a class of medicines known as central nervous system (CNS) ...

    ... classified as a Schedule II drug, indicating it has known medical use, but it also carries a high potential for abuse ... she may require increased doses to feel the desired effects of the drug. Over time, the tolerance can ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hashish Use

    What is Hashish? Hashish comes mainly from the flowers (as well as leaves and stems) of the cannabis plant. The active ingredient in hash is the same as the active ingredient in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); however, the ...

    ... sociability. A reduction in fear and behavioral inhibitions. Hash Side Effects Side Effects from Hashish Side effects from hashish is similar to marijuana and can have an impact both mentally and physically. Some ... continue reading
  • Effects of Roxicodone Addiction

    Roxicodone (“Roxy”) is one available brand version of oxycodone—a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. 1,2 The medicinal effect of opioids like oxycodone is brought on by a change in the way the brain and body respond to pain. Rather ...

    ... program today. Oxy's Short-Term Effects The primary short-term effect of Roxicodone, like other prescription opioids, ... center where you can receive the emotional and medical support to better endure your symptoms. You can ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    ... during the first few weeks of pregnancy can cause long-lasting effects on a child . According to the CDC , 3.3 ... during pregnancy, it's hard to tell what the effect of marijuana use is, since there are not many studies out ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Marijuana Abuse

    Marijuana is the most popular illicit drug to use simultaneously with alcohol . It is a dried, leafy plant that has small, glistening hairs. Most often smoked, marijuana can also be consumed orally when baked into foods such as brownies or cookies. ...

    ... , so it is easier to experience adverse side effects of the drug. Signs and Symptoms Alcohol and Marijuana Facts Alcohol and marijuana amplify one another's effects. Alcohol and marijuana is the most common mixture of ... continue reading
  • Smoking Marijuana While Pregnant

    Effects of Marijuana on a Developing Fetus Although marijuana is one of the most widely used illicit drugs, there is limited data on the prevalence among pregnant women. One report estimated marijuana use during pregnancy to be anywhere from 2-5% 1 ...

    ... effects could last forever 6 . Marijuana's Effects on the Baby After Birth Our understanding of the effects of marijuana ... noted higher rates of marijuana use in states that have legalized medical marijuana 14 . It's ... continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

    Natural ingredients, legal use, lower cost…it must be healthy, right? The deadly misconception above has led to a growing number of fatalities brought on by synthetic or “designer” drugs. Use of synthetic marijuana - sold under names like ...

    ... chemicals, when smoked, produce effects similar to THC, the active compound found in marijuana. Attaching to the same ... Spice can have long-term effects on the brain. Side effects of Spice can include: Hallucinations ... continue reading
  • The Effects of PCP Use

    What Is PCP? PCP abbreviation for the powerful, dissociative sedative drug phencyclidine. PCP is found sold on the street in many forms including: White powder. Crystal. Capsules. Tablets. Liquid. The tablets can be found in multiple colors and, ...

    ... of care that fits with your needs. Substance Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal ... continue reading
  • Long-Term Drug Addiction Effects

    The longer an addiction lasts, the more stress and strain it puts on the individual. There is an overwhelming number of long-term physical and emotional effects addiction can have that can easily turn a healthy man or woman into a frail shadow of ...

    ... as a dose-dependent side effects. 3 Other drugs, like benzodiazepines, can bring about increased anxiety as part of their withdrawal syndromes. 4 Paranoia. Some drugs, like cocaine and marijuana, can cause feelings of ... continue reading
  • Effects of Drug Abuse on the Male and Female Reproductive Systems

    Substance abuse can negatively impact the reproductive health of both sexes in a number of ways and may contribute to serious problems like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, and cancer . Women who use drugs and alcohol while ...

    ... . Drugs that may have a negative effect on infants during pregnancy include: Heroin ... medical marijuana during pregnancy for nausea is not recommended due to marijuana's effects on the brain. Alcohol - The negative effects ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Fentanyl Use

    Is Fentanyl Dangerous? Fentanyl may be administered through: Patches. Oral or nasal spray. Lollipops (a 'troche' or lozenge with a stick handle). Injection. Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid analgesic - excellent for controlling serious pain, ...

    ... to living a safe and sober life. Substance Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal ... continue reading
  • The Effects of OxyContin Use

    Is OxyContin Harmful? OxyContin is an opiate that is often prescribed for moderate to strong post-surgical pain or more chronic pain situations. Prescription rates are high in the United States. The drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that ...

    ... /7 hotline at for more information. Substance Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Crack Use

    Is Crack Harmful? Since it first appeared on the illicit drug scene during the 1980s, crack cocaine has solidified its reputation as one of the most addictive substances available on the street. According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, ...

    ... in addiction. The pleasurable or euphoric short-term effect of the drug can usher a user towards ... Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dexedrine Use

    Understanding Dexedrine Dexedrine is a brand name for the prescription drug dextroamphetamine and is used to treat pediatric attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy in both children and adults. By increasing neural signaling ...

    ... only marijuana/weed and prescription pain medications 5,6 . Short-Term Effects The short-term effects of ... to tolerance 5 . Dependence. Another common and expected effect of abuse—and even consistent use—is dependence. As ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ritalin Use

    Is Ritalin Bad For You? Ritalin (generic name: methylphenidate) is a stimulant prescribed to reduce the effects of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is also sometimes prescribed for the ...

    ... with a treatment support specialist . Substance Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Crystal ... continue reading
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