Category: Correspondence

Marijuana doesn’t make you stupid after all!

A “Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” published in JAMA Psychiatry April 18 disproves the widely held belief that marijuana use —especially by young people— leads to cognitive decline. Thanks to Paul Armentano of NORML for sending the  abstract  and a useful summary: Investigators reviewed data from 69 separate studies published between 1973 and 2017 involving 8,727 subjects (2,152 frequent or heavy users and 6,575 controls). Researchers reported no significant long-term deficits in memory, attention, or other aspects of cognitive functioning that could be independently attributed to cannabis use, regardless of subjects age of initiation. These findings are in contrast to similar...

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Impact of ‘Legalization’ in Cool, CA

From: Cool Consultations <coolconsultations@gmail.com> Subject: Rising cost of medical cannabis Date: March 30, 2018 at 2:44:21 PM PDT My name is Bobby Eisenberg and I work for Dr. Beverly A. Mikuriya at her Cannabis clinic, Cool Consultations Inc., in Cool, CA. I have been a patient advocate for over twenty years. I am the custodian of records for Dr. Mikuriya’s patients. I also handle orientation with the patients which gives me an opportunity to hear about the problems that have arisen since the implementation of Prop 64 this year. Patients are reporting that, in some cases, their medical cannabis...

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Vets Storm the Hill

From Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. One of IAVA’s demands is “Empower vets to use medical cannabis.” Dear Fred, All week long, IAVA members from across the country have been driving our 11th Annual Storm The Hill activation in Washington, D.C., where we unveiled our non-partisan “Big 6” priorities for the Department of Veterans Affairs, DoD, Congress and the President. This inspiring week included dozens of meetings with Republicans, Democrats and Independents, members of the media, and VA Secretary Shulkin-while the VA continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. And the highlight of the...

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Is “unconfound” a word?

It is now. Benson Hausman, MD, forwarded this study from BMJ Open Access concluding that cannabis use  in concert with tobacco and/or opiate use causes the cardiovascular system to age. This could be a boon to the Prohibitionists, generating headlines like “Pot Link to Heart Damage.”  Albert Stuart Reece and colleagues at the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences at Western Australia University gathered data on 1163 patients at a Brisbane addiction clinic —only 11 of whom were “cannabis only” smokers. The authors unconfound many confounding factors by statistical analyses that leave your correspondent more confounded than ever....

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