Fewer young adults drink than 20 years ago

While the number of college-age young adults drinking has fallen, the number using marijuana, or both marijuana and alcohol, is up, researchers say.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: alcohol marijuana united-states society-and-culture health-and-medicine college-students trends substance-abuse

Kids face mental health risks when moms used pot during pregnancy

New research finds a link between using marijuana during pregnancy and the risk of psychotic-like experiences, depression, and social problems for kids.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 28, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: drugs pregnancy marijuana childrens-health health-and-medicine

Laws may slow downward trend in teen pot use

A study in Washington state suggests legalization of marijuana has slowed a reduction in teen use. They may perceive it as less harmful.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
July 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: teenagers marijuana society-and-culture laws trends

Stress has more adults drinking and getting high

As disruptions to daily life worsen during the pandemic, more adults report using alcohol and marijuana to cope with stress.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
April 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 depression alcohol anxiety stress marijuana health-and-medicine

Stress boosts odds of marijuana use during pregnancy

Women who experience stressful life events in the year before childbirth are more likely to use marijuana before and during pregnancy.

U. Arizona • futurity
Feb. 27, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: drugs pregnancy stress marijuana health-and-medicine

Marijuana alters sperm and offspring of rat dads

"...marijuana use by fathers, not just mothers, can have an impact on the health of offspring even when use occurs before conception."

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
Feb. 20, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: reproduction brains marijuana featured health-and-medicine sperm

Hemp or marijuana? THC scanner can say in seconds

A new handheld spectrometer can quickly determine whether plants are hemp or marijuana. It's a subtle distinction with legal consequences.

Olga Kuchment-Texas AM • futurity
Feb. 11, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: plants cannabis marijuana sensors science-and-technology society-and-culture laws hemp

Users get failing grade on cannabis benefits and risks

"People are using cannabis and cannabinoids for everything and anything, and we don't have enough systematic research on whether it's effective..."

David Hill-Buffalo • futurity
Jan. 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: marijuana surveys health-and-medicine medications

When parents use marijuana, their kids are more likely to use, too

"Using marijuana in adolescence is associated with...problems in the present and later into adulthood. Now we see that echoing through to their children."

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
Oct. 29, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: teenagers alcohol parents marijuana health-and-medicine

Expert: Vaping deaths and injuries are ‘very terrifying’

With the recent spate of deaths and severe injuries linked to vaping, an expert weighs in on what she calls a "terrifying" crisis.

Kat McAlpine-Boston • futurity
Sept. 27, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: smoking death electronic-cigarettes marijuana nicotine featured health-and-medicine laws

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