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Impacts of medical and non-medical cannabis on the health of older adults

The impact of medical cannabis varies across different patient conditions. In the case of older adults, existing evidence indicates that cannabis usage may correlate with increased occurrences of mental health problems, substance misuse, and acute healthcare utilization, with an uncertain balance of benefits and risks. Research incorporating a comprehensive evaluation of both advantages and drawbacks could help in crafting informed public health communications, aiming to counteract the marketing pressures targeting

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Reductions in Cannabis Use Are Associated with Improvements in Anxiety, Depression, and Sleep Quality, But Not Quality of Life

Cannabis, the most commonly used illicit substance globally, presents risks as approximately 3 out of 10 users in the U.S. develop cannabis use disorder (CUD). While initially sought for its euphoric and calming effects, chronic cannabis use can exacerbate mental health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and psychosis. With an increasing number seeking treatment for CUD, many cite associated mental health issues and functional impairments as motivating factors. However, the impact

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What We Know about Marijuana

Marijuana, also recognized as cannabis, weed, pot, or dope, denotes the dried components of the cannabis plant, encompassing flowers, leaves, stems, and seeds. The cannabis plant harbors over 100 compounds, termed cannabinoids. Among these, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) induces impairment, while cannabidiol (CBD) does not, signifying it doesn’t elicit a psychoactive “high.” Marijuana maintains its illegality at the federal level; nonetheless, over 50% of states, along with the District of Columbia, Guam,

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Marijuana and Lung Health

Marijuana use, particularly through smoking, poses many risks to lung health due to inhalation of various toxins, chemicals, and carcinogens present in the smoke. Researcher on the direct impact of marijuana smoke on lung health and function is still evolving, studies suggest that heavy and regular use may lead to symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and even bronchitis. Additionally, the combustion process releases harmful toxic compounds similar to those found

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