Tag: National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institute on Drug Abuse Updates Website, Now has “Marijuana as Medicine” Page

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has made some small but impactful changes to their website’s page on medical marijuana. Prior to the change, NIDA had a page on their website titled Is Marijuana Medicine? The page has now been updated with several changes, including a change in title; it is now referred to …

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Washington DC: HIV Infection Rate Among Drug Users Drops 70% Since Introduction of Needle Exchange Program

The average monthly rate of new HIV infections among drug users in Washington D.C. has dropped by roughly 70% since the district implemented a needle exchange program in 2008, according to a new study being published in this month’s issue of the journal AIDS and Behavior, which we received through press release. In total, new …

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National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Says Cannabidiol is Safe and Nonaddictive

Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), says that cannabidiol (CBD) – a compound found in cannabis – is “a safe drug with no addictive effects.” The comments were made in an op-ed for The Huffington Post. “[P]reliminary data suggest that [cannabidiol] may have therapeutic value for a number of …

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Senators Push Feds to Ease Restrictions on Cannabis Research

By Sarah Ferris, TheHill.com Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants to make it easier for government-paid researchers to study marijuana – and not just its negative side effects. Eight Democratic senators, led by Warren, are urging federal health and drug officials to address the “data shortfall” on potential health benefits of medical marijuana by making it …

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National Institute on Drug Abuse Says Cannabis Kills Cancer Cells

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a government-run research institute with a budget of over $1 billion, has admitted that cannabis can kill certain cancer cells, and reduces the size of others. A publication from NIDA, revised as of April 2015 and titled Drug Facts, states that “recent animal studies have shown that marijuana …

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Government to Give University of Mississippi $68.8 Million to Grow and Study Cannabis

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has awarded the University of Mississippi $68.8 million to grow and analyze cannabis. The money will go to a cannabis research lab at the university, which is the sole producer of cannabis used for federal research. The project is expected to lead to the cultivation of at least …

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New Government Survey Finds Teens Shunning Synthetic Cannabis for the Natural Product

A new national survey released by Monitoring the Future – an organization funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse – and conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, has found that teenagers are shunning synthetic substances meant to mimic cannabis, such as K2 and Spice, and are replacing them by smoking more actual cannabis. The survey was …

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