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Study says early cannabis use in teens can have negative effects on their cognitive functioning

A new study says that using cannabis as a teen or adolescent can have negative impacts on cognitive functioning, especially verbal memory. Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine tested and analyzed siblings (unlike other similar studies) to rule out familial factors. The study used interviews and neuropsychological…

MDMA could strengthen the bond between patient and therapist, thereby improving therapy as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder

New research suggests that MDMA (ecstasy) could improve trust and enhance the bond between patient and therapist, thereby enhancing treatment for PTSD. The team experimented with mice: They analyzed the effects of a low dose of MDMA versus saline solution and found that MDMA led to the mice being more…

Cannabis use among older people is increasing faster than any other group, but many are hesitant to talk to their doctors about medical marijuana

While cannabis acceptance and use are growing among older individuals, many report challenges that stand in their way of accessing medical marijuana. The purpose of this study was to explore and better understand how older individuals view, use, and are affected by cannabis. Researchers conducted 17 focus groups in senior…

Depression, suicidal ideation, drug use, and alcohol abuse are increasing among US adults entering midlife

New research found that middle aged US adults are experiencing rising feelings of despair, indicated by increases in depression, suicidal ideation, drug and alcohol abuse. A drop in US life expectancy was seen in 2016 and explained by an increase in deaths among middle-aged white individuals in rural areas due…

Depression and anxiety no match for fast-acting psychedelic drug!  (Video)

A fast-acting psychedelic drug could help treat depression and anxiety. This, from a Johns Hopkins University study that surveyed 362 adults. Read: Back to Basics, Depression 101 Researchers found that the use of a synthetic psychedelic, 5-MeO-DMT, is associated with improvements in depression and anxiety when taken in a controlled…

Researchers say a psychedelic drug could improve treatment for depression and anxiety, due to its fast action and short duration

New research says that a fast-acting psychedelic drug could help treat depression and anxiety. Researchers investigated whether administration of this psychedelic in a controlled group setting might affect self-reported feelings of depression and anxiety. The team controlled the dose and ensured that participants had support during and after use of…

Drugs and alcohol can cause and feed troubling mental illnesses like anxiety by interacting with other chemicals in our body

Drugs and alcohol can cause or exacerbate mental health issues and conditions like anxiety, but there are also often many other factors involved. That being said, substance use does play a major role in our mental health and the development of mental illnesses—and it’s all because of how drugs and…

Alcohol and drugs may seem like the easy solution, but they aren’t. Instead of using substances to cope, address your problem head-on and heal through feeling

When you use substances to deal with your problems, they never get resolved and those negative feelings will still be there. More effective coping strategies include creative endeavors, talking with a trusted love one, and doing things you truly enjoy. Another negative effect of using drugs and alcohol is brain…

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