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Marijuana Deconstructed
What's In Your Weed? Australia has one of the highest rates of marijuana use in the world, but until recently, nobody could say for certain what, exactly, Australians were smoking. Researchers at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wale...
Australia has one of the highest rates of marijuana use in the world, but until recently, nobody could say for certain what, exactly, Australians were smoking. Researchers at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales recently analyzed hundreds of cannabis samples seized by ...
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Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On: Marijuana and Sleeping
Study sheds potential light on indica vs. sativa debate. [Thanks to Ivan Oransky ( @ivanoransky ) for alerting me to this study.] Everyone who has smoked marijuana more than a couple of times knows that cannabis can alter how you sleep. The effect of cannab...
[Thanks to Ivan Oransky (@ivanoransky) for alerting me to this study.] Everyone who has smoked marijuana more than a couple of times knows that cannabis can alter how you sleep. The effect of cannabis on sleep is even part of the never-ending debate over Cannabis indica vs.
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Alcohol Industry Turns Moderation Into a Sales Message
A warning or an advertisement? You almost have to admire the tenacity shown by the liquor industry in its passive aggressive method of turning a warning label into additional advertising. Perhaps it was foolish to suppose that forcing the liquor industry to...
Perhaps it was foolish to suppose that forcing the liquor industry to brand all bottles and advertisements with the catch-phrase, “Drink Responsibly,” or “Drink Moderately,” or some responsible variation on that theme, would do any good—or would be observed in good faith by alcohol companies.
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Alcohol and Refugee Populations
How displaced peoples are harmed and helped by alcohol. Although it is impossible to know with certainty, 50 million is the current U.N. estimate of the number of human beings around the world categorized as refugees or displaced persons due to war and othe...
Although it is impossible to know with certainty, 50 million is the current U.N. estimate of the number of human beings around the world categorized as refugees or displaced persons due to war and other violence. These "conflict-affected populations" suffer in a thousand different ways, ...
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The Blunt Facts About Blunts
Mixing tobacco with marijuana. People who smoke a combination of tobacco and marijuana, a common practice overseas for years, and increasingly popular here in the form of “blunts,” may be reacting to some unidentified mechanism that links the two drugs. Res...
People who smoke a combination of tobacco and marijuana, a common practice overseas for years, and increasingly popular here in the form of “blunts,” may be reacting to some unidentified mechanism that links the two drugs. Researchers believe such smokers would be well advised to consider giving ...
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Update on Synthetic Drug Surprises
Spicier than ever. Four drug deaths last month in Britain have been blamed on so-called “Superman” pills being sold as Ecstasy, but actually containing PMMA, a synthetic stimulant drug with some MDMA-like effects that has been implicated in a number of deat...
Four drug deaths last month in Britain have been blamed on so-called “Superman” pills being sold as Ecstasy, but actually containing PMMA, a synthetic stimulant drug with some MDMA-like effects that has been implicated in a number of deaths and hospitalizations in Europe and the U.S. The “fake ...
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The Losing Battle For Perpetual Reward
Or why you can't stay high forever. The amphetamine high, like the cocaine high, is a marvel of biochemical efficiency. Stimulants work primarily by blocking the reuptake of dopamine molecules in the synaptic gap between nerve cells. Dopamine remains stalle...
The amphetamine high, like the cocaine high, is a marvel of biochemical efficiency. Stimulants work primarily by blocking the reuptake of dopamine molecules in the synaptic gap between nerve cells. Dopamine remains stalled in the gap, stimulating the receptors, resulting in higher dopamine ...
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Jack London and his Alcoholic Memoirs
Meet John Barleycorn. In the early years of the 20th Century, writer Jack London was the equivalent of a rock star. A ruggedly good-looking sportswriter, globetrotting war correspondent, successful novelist and short story writer, London came up the hard wa...
In the early years of the 20th Century, writer Jack London was the equivalent of a rock star. A ruggedly good-looking sportswriter, globetrotting war correspondent, successful novelist and short story writer, London came up the hard way on the Oakland docks in California.
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Moderate Drinking Doesn’t Help Your Heart
Mendelian meta-analysis and the alcohol “flush” allele. Less than a year after the massive Mendelian randomization meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal , a group of researchers recently wrote an editorial in the journal Addiction , which w...
Less than a year after the massive Mendelian randomization meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal, a group of researchers recently wrote an editorial in the journal Addiction, which would seem to put a lid on the matter: The foundations of the hypothesis for protective effects of ...
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EU Update on New Psychoactive Substances

Winner of the 2012 College on Problems of Drug Dependence/NIDA Media Award. "The most comprehensive single work on the topic for the lay reader.... The Chemical Carousel is an important look at the contemporary science of the addicted brain." --Jonathan Taylor, EROWID ...
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Troubling Link Between Shoplifting and Suicide
Compulsive theft can lead to tragic results. In the fall of 2011, 71-year old Julia Grodinsky of London was convicted of shoplifting ornamental crystals and sentenced to 18 months of probation. What made the case unusual was that Grodinsky had been convicte...
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Smoking and Sadness
The chemistry of sorrow during nicotine withdrawal. When you smoke a cigarette, nicotine pops into acetylcholine receptors in the brain, the adrenal glands, and the skeletal muscles, and you get a nicotine rush. Just like alcohol, a cigarette alters the tra...
When you smoke a cigarette, nicotine pops into acetylcholine receptors in the brain, the adrenal glands, and the skeletal muscles, and you get a nicotine rush. Just like alcohol, a cigarette alters the transmission of several important chemical messengers in the brain.
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Freelance writer and blogger covering neuroscience, drugs, and addiction. He is the author of The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction. He is the editor of Addiction Inbox blog. He previously worked for The Fix as senior contributing editor. He has contributed to Scientific American, Nautilus, The Dana Foundation, Huffington Post, Salon, AlterNet, Wired, California, Omni, and other magazines. He received the 2012 Excellence in Media Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.
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Is Shoplifting the Opiate of the Masses? Another look at "behavioral addictions" and the DSM-V. The DSM-V, when it debuts it 2012,

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