Study: Marijuana Use Reduces Depression and Suicidal Ideations in those with PTS

Marijuana use among those with post-traumatic stress (PTS) is associated with reduced rates of severe depression and suicidal ideation, according to a new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. The study is titled Does cannabis use modify the effect of post-traumatic stress disorder on severe depression and suicidal ideation? Evidence from a population-based cross-sectional study of Canadians.

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Thailand’s First-Ever Medical Marijuana Clinics Now Open

On Monday Thailand’s first two full-time clinics dispensing marijuana oil for medical use opened their doors.

According to the Associated Press, about 400 patients, many of them with cancer, were given the oil for free at a flagship clinic at the Public Health Ministry in a suburb of Bangkok. The initial four formulations handed out are used for treating conditions such as migraines, insomnia, nausea, numbness and pain. The medicines are touted as being based on traditional remedies.

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Study: Marijuana Legalization Associated With Decrease in Binge Drinking by College Students

According to a new study, the legalization of recreational marijuana is associated with decreasing rates of binge drinking by college students ages 21 or older.

The study, titled, Trends in college students’ alcohol, nicotine, prescription opioid and other drug use after recreational marijuana legalization: 2008-2018, was published in the journal Addictive Behaviors.

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Illinois: $3.2 Million in Marijuana Sold During First Day of Legal Sales

According to state officials, there was $3.2 million in marijuana sold in Illinois during their first day of legal sales.

There were 77, 128 transactions on New Year’s Day, when the law legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes took effect, according to Toi Hutchinson, senior adviser to Gov. J.B. Pritzker on cannabis control, and first reported on by the Associated Press. Dispensaries reported long lines the first day of sales and expected them to continue through the weekend.

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Study: Marijuana May Be Effective in Treating Symptoms of Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome

Marijuana-based medicines “might be effective and safe in the treatment of tics and comorbidities” in those with Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome, according to a new study published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoids Research and e-published by the National Institute of Health. The study is titled Treatment of Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome with Cannabis-Based Medicine: Results from a Retrospective Analysis and Online Survey.

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