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New Study Shows Benefits of Reducing Nicotine in Cigarettes

Nora Volkow | Posted 11.06.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

Smoking still causes nearly half a million deaths each year in our country. Research now suggests that reducing the nicotine in cigarettes to a fraction of its current levels may be one way to lessen the health-destructive power of these products.

Grant Awards Mark the Launch of Landmark Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study

Nora Volkow | Posted 09.25.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

Today the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study officially gets underway, as the National Institutes of Health award 13 five-year grants to U.S. research institutions that will spearhead the landmark project over the first half of its roughly 10-year duration.

Researching Marijuana for Therapeutic Purposes: The Potential Promise of Cannabidiol (CBD)

Nora Volkow | Posted 07.23.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

CBD appears to be a safe drug with no addictive effects, and the preliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions. Addressing barriers that slow clinical research with CBD would accelerate progress.

10 Reasons Why Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition is about to Go Up in Smoke

Steph Sherer | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

For the first time, we have comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act (CARERS) Act of 2015 is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation ever introduced in the U.S. Congress.

Matt Ferner

Feds To Spend Millions On Marijuana For Research | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

The federal government announced Monday that it is prepared to spend tens of millions of dollars on marijuana research through the University of Missi...

Matt Ferner

Feds Are Increasing Their Marijuana Growth Because Of Cannabinoid Research | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics

The federal government is currently growing a lot more marijuana than it has in the past because it expects higher demand from researchers for cannabi...

Matt Ferner

Drivers Got High On Federal Weed For Stoned Driving Study | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

For several months in 2013 and 2014, federal researchers administered free marijuana and alcohol to a group of people and set them loose in a driving ...

Let's Be Clear Who Has Caused the Border Crisis -- Us and Drugs

Stanton Peele | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Stanton Peele

The massive influx of young refugees from Honduras and other Central American countries is due to the drug war, to the illegality of drugs, to the com...

Matt Ferner

The Federal Government Just Ordered A Thousand Pounds Of Marijuana | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics

The federal government just ordered all the marijuana it wants -- something it would send most Americans to prison for doing. On Monday, the Drug E...

Alcohol or Cannabis? No Question Which Substance Poses a Greater Risk to Health

Paul Armentano | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Paul Armentano

NIDA and other government agencies are privy to this information, of course, yet they willfully choose to ignore it -- as does the Obama administration. It shouldn't.

Federal Drug Agency Admits It's Clueless About Marijuana

Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

The National Institute on Drug Abuse released an eyebrow-raising statement to PolitiFact on Monday, denying that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol....

US: Investigate Ethics in China Drug Study

Human Rights Watch | Posted 06.19.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

(New York) – A study about heroin cravings partially funded by a US agency and conducted in two Chinese drug rehabilitation centers raises serio...

Suthers Calls Teen Marijuana Survey Findings 'Concerning'

Posted 12.15.2011 | Denver

The lure of alcohol and cigarettes among teens has found a competitor this year: marijuana. And it's a finding that everybody should be concerned abou...

Obama: From First to Worst on Medical Marijuana

Rob Kampia | Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Barack Obama instilled hope in medical marijuana supporters by pledging to respect state laws on the matter. And for the first two years of his term, he was generally faithful to his promise. Yet suddenly, he has become arguably the worst president regarding medical marijuana.

Behind the Lack of Medical Marijuana Research: Feds Disallowing Initiatives

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

A "catch-22" has long plagued medical marijuana advocates and patients. Lawmakers and health regulators demand clinical studies on safety and efficacy, but the feds bar these studies from being conducted.

What If We Had A National Institute Of Addiction?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

We don't have one now - we have a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This nomenclature has consequences

What Is Addiction?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Addiction is a nasty business which enslaves people. But if you're going to target that practice, then you'd better come and take all the coffee and Diet Coke the office.

What Your Government Knows About Cannabis And Cancer -- And Isn't Telling You

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

What possible advances in the treatment of cancer could have been achieved had U.S. government officials chosen to advance, not suppress, research into the anti-cancer effects of cannabis?