Cannabis use disorder is common in one state where marijuana is legal

Developing cannabis use disorder is relatively common in Washington state, one of the first states to fully legalize cannabis, and can even occur in people who only use medical marijuana, according to a new study.

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Cannabis Use and Perinatal Health Research

There have been emerging data, including from the ongoing longitudinal Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development study, suggesting that in utero cannabis exposure is linked to adverse outcomes among offspring, including small for gestational age, neonatal intensive care unit admissions, and preterm birth (Figure). In addition, prenatal cannabis exposure has also been associated with childhood outcomes such as autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, as well as symptoms of psychopathology, including psychoticlike experiences, internalizing, externalizing, attention problems, and thought and social problems. Maternal cannabis use disorder has also been linked to a greater risk of small for gestational age, preterm birth, low birth weight, and death within 1 year of birth.

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Young people are at risk of harsh respiratory problems after 30 days of e-cigarette use, study says

Young people are at risk of experiencing significant respiratory symptoms, including bronchitis and shortness of breath, after just 30 days of electronic cigarette use, according to a new study released Tuesday. 

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Study: Field sobriety tests may be insufficient for DUI cases involving THC

The use of field sobriety tests to determine if a driver is under the influence of THC may be effective in certain situations, but may not be enough to determine impairment on their own, a report from UC San Diego researchers revealed Wednesday.

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Dangerous trend of cannabis poisoning amongst toddlers mounts in San Diego

SAN DIEGO – San Diego County’s only children’s hospital is reporting that marijuana products are getting in the hands of kids.

According to health experts, more children under the age of five are going to the hospital with cannabis poisoning.

“One or two of these gummies that a normal size adult may take, can actually cause a child to stop breathing,” explained Dr. Natalie Laub, a pediatrician at Rady Children’s Hospital and cannabis researcher. “We’re seeing three-year-old’s, four-year-old’s, five-year-old’s, exploring their home environments like all toddlers do, and they’re finding cannabis products that look like food that they would normally eat.” 

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