Marijuana and Dopamine: A Study in Complexity

Since chronic marijuana use may be correlated with mental health disorders in some people, it’s useful that we’re starting to understand how the brain’s dopamine system may play a role in such developments. The interactions between cannabinoids and the dopamine system are complex, though, and more research is needed.

DEA Criminalizes CBD Extracts?

The DEA has announced that they consider CBD extracts schedule I drugs, and that they’re going to start tracking them separately from marijuana to ensure compliance with the law.

Philippines President Takes Fentanyl, Kills Other Drug Users

President Duerte of the Philippines admits to having abused fentanyl, adding a tragicomic air of hypocrisy to his bloody crackdown on drug users.

Possible FDA Commissioner O’Neill: Return Medical Decisions to Patients and Doctors

President-elect Trump may nominate Jim O’Neill, health care investor and regulator, to run FDA. Notably, O’Neill is an advocate for letting patients and doctors to decide what drugs are right for them, and charging FDA with focusing not on whether a drug works well enough, but simply whether or not it is safe enough.

NIH: Teens Just Aren’t Getting High Anymore

The NIH 2016 Monitoring the Future drug survey has found that illicit drug consumption by teens is down across the board.

Students: We’ve Never Had Such A Hard Time Finding Marijuana

Despite the rush of states to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, high school students report that finding marijuana has become harder than ever. Even though this continues a decades-long trend, experts have no explanation, especially in light of how adult consumption has increased over time.

Canada Task Force to Trudeau: Legalize It

If Trudeau accepts the task force’s recommendations, marijuana will become legal in Canada for those 18+.

NY To Allow Medical Marijuana in Hospitals

Unfortunately, fewer than 11,000 New Yorkers can legally medicate with cannabis.

Colombian President Says Time to Rethink War on Drugs

“The manner in which this war against drugs is being waged is equally or perhaps even more harmful than all the wars the world is fighting today, combined,” says Colombian president Santos, during his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.