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Subway Employee Accused of Drugging Officer's Drink

Tanis Ukena allegedly put THC and meth into the cop's drink

(Newser) - A Subway employee in Utah has been arrested on accusations he put methamphetamine and THC into the drink of a uniformed police officer, the AP reports. A probable cause statement filed Tuesday says the Layton police sergeant immediately felt impaired after getting the drink Monday. He struggled to find the... More »

Colorado Town's Water Supply Contains THC

Former mayor 'might have to go drink some water'

(Newser) - The 750 or so residents of Hugo, Colorado, are being warned not to drink, cook with, or bathe in the town's water for the next two days, the Denver Post reports. That's because officials have detected evidence of THC in the water supply. It's unclear how the... More »

Marijuana Could Be Effective Treatment for Alzheimer's

Study shows THC reduces inflammation and prevents plaque buildup in the brain

(Newser) - Marijuana might one day be an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease, suggests a study published this month in Aging and Mechanisms of Disease. Popular Science reports that researchers at the Salk Institute testing the effects of THC on lab-grown neurons found the cannabis compound hampered the plaque buildup that... More »

New Territory in Pot: a Potent 'Wax' Form

Authorities say it's risky to ingest and to make

(Newser) - A new and especially potent form of marijuana is the rise, one that authorities say is both dangerous to consume and to make. The extract is typically known as wax thanks to its gooey nature, though it also goes by the street names of shatter, budder, honey, and many others,... More »

Here's What Potent Pot Does to Your Brain

Study finds damage in white matter used to send signals

(Newser) - A new study raises concerns for those who indulge in potent forms of marijuana. Researchers out of King’s College London and Rome's Sapienza University studied brain scans of 56 patients who had reported an episode of psychosis and 43 healthy volunteers. They found that those who regularly smoked... More »

Scientists Make Pot Chemical Out of ... Yeast?

Genetically altered yeast could 'change the lives of millions': company CEO

(Newser) - Synthesized versions of tetrahydrocannabinol—that's THC, the active ingredient in marijuana— already exist in pill form and are used to treat nausea, vomiting, and appetite loss that often follows cancer treatments or appears in patients with AIDS. But a new process out of Germany could offer a less expensive,... More »

Study: 'Poorly Understood' Hemp Is Not Marijuana

But it took more than 12 years to find the gene that distinguishes them

(Newser) - Note to legislators: Hemp is not weed. So say scientists at the University of Minnesota who, reporting last week in the journal New Phytologist , have discovered a single gene that distinguishes the hemp plant from its psychoactive cannabinoid cousin marijuana. They say it took 12 years to single out the... More »

Teen Driver Who Killed Bicyclist Was Very High

John Marshall was 7 times over the legal limit in 2 states that let people smoke it

(Newser) - A car crash in Hinesburg, Vt., in April left the teen driver of the car, as well as the 47-year-old bicyclist he hit, dead. Now, a police report indicates that 17-year-old Joseph Marshall had marijuana in his system, and apparently a lot of it, reports the Burlington Free Press . The... More »

How Driving While Stoned, Drunk Differs

The National Institute on Drug Abuse weighs in

(Newser) - When it comes to smoking marijuana and driving, many variables affect impairment—the potency of the drug, the tolerance of the toker, when the drug was taken, how the drug was taken—making guidelines difficult to implement. But with some states decriminalizing the possession of weed, the feds are investigating... More »

Stoned? Booze Dramatically Increases Your High

New research finds that any amount of alcohol dramatically ups THC levels

(Newser) - Marijuana and alcohol are one of the most common drug combinations implicated in car accidents, so researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse recently set out to better understand how the two interact. Reporting this week in the journal Clinical Chemistry , they found that alcohol dramatically increases TCH levels... More »

Potent 'Skunk' Pot Ups Psychosis Risk

Milder hashish poses no increased risk, researchers say

(Newser) - Despite efforts to reclassify marijuana down to a Schedule II (read: less dangerous) drug, there are some people who still insist on its dangers—and new research may back those theories up. Scientists at King's College London have discovered that smoking potent, or "skunklike," cannabis was tied... More »

Stoners Are 'Safer' Drivers Than Lushes

Report finds those with THC in systems crash far less often than drunk drivers

(Newser) - As more states push to legalize marijuana , scientists have started to turn their attention toward the effects of driving after toking up. Stoners will likely rejoice at two recent studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that appears to put them on the safer side of things: According to... More »

How 'Grandfather of Pot' Almost Tried THC, but Didn't

Raphael Mechoulam discusses early research, future of weed

(Newser) - Raphael Mechoulam is known in Israel as the "Grandfather of Marijuana." The 84-year-old scientist—the first to isolate THC, from 5 kilos of hashish he bought from a guy in Tel Aviv—even acknowledges, "I get fan mail sometimes." But though he's spent decades researching... More »

Legalized Pot Becomes Food-Safety Headache

Colorado, Washington state try to forge smart regulations

(Newser) - In Colorado, regulators sat down with marijuana makers and critics today to tackle a complex issue: pot and food safety, the AP reports. Their goal: make pot-infused products clearly labeled for the general public. They agreed that it's easy for some products, like candies and pot cookies, but what... More »

Yes, Pot Actually Can Make You Paranoid

Researchers find marijuana can also have other negative mental effects

(Newser) - There has long been a known association between marijuana and paranoia, but UK researchers wanted to find out if cannabis actually causes paranoia in some people—and the answer is a resounding yes, write researchers Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman in the Guardian . They studied 121 people who had taken... More »

Scientists Find Way to Kill Pot Addiction—in Monkeys

Treatment blocked effects of THC

(Newser) - Scientists searching for ways to help people quit smoking pot have come up with an effective new buzz killer. The treatment involves a naturally occurring chemical that blocks marijuana's effect on the brain's pleasure centers, Smithsonian magazine explains. Researchers say the kynurenic acid treatment was able to block... More »

In Time for 4/20: Hemp Vodka

Sorry, it won't get you high

(Newser) - Don't bogart that bottle, my friend. In the counterculture world, "420" is the code for cannabis consumption, and April 20—or 4/20—is the holy day. On this April 20, the Alaska Distillery is introducing its hemp seed vodka. This is the same company that two years ago... More »

Pot Smoking Doubles Risk of Car Accident

Study is first to probe link between marijuana and collisions: researchers

(Newser) - Smoking marijuana three hours or less before getting behind the wheel nearly doubles your chance of a major car crash, a study suggests. It's the first study to look at the link between cannabis and crash risk, the Canadian researchers believe. They examined study data for more than 49,... More »

Pot Triggers Psychosis: Study

Young adults who used cannabis nearly twice as likely to suffer psychosis

(Newser) - Numerous studies have linked marijuana use and psychosis, but some researchers have wondered whether cannabis actually triggers psychotic episodes, or whether people suffering psychosis are using marijuana to treat their symptoms. A new study involving nearly 2,000 young people suggests marijuana may trigger episodes, reports the BBC . The subjects,... More »

Pot Soda Bubbles Into Mainstream

Canna Cola looks for 'Snapple market' of THC snacks

(Newser) - Sure, there are marijuana soft drinks out there. But the world of "medibles"—snack products made with psychoactive doses of THC—is not that different from any other market in that it's not who does it first, but who does it best. And according to Clay Butler, the... More »

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