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Breaking: JUUL announces long-time Altria executive to lead JUUL as CEO Kevin Burns steps down. Read Politico story here.
New NFIA Podcast - Michael Kuhar, PhD:
How does marijuana work in the brain?
 
Dr. Michael Kuhar briefly explains how the brain works and how marijuana use fits into that picture.
 
Short-term effects include impaired judgment and motor coordination.
 
Long-term effects can include problems with memory and learning, tendencies toward mental illness, and addiction, as well as possible infertility and respiratory concerns.
 
Marijuana contains hundreds of chemicals. We know little to nothing about most of them. Much more research is needed to understand their effects.
 
Listen to “How Does Marijuana Work in the Brain”? here.

 
Baker declares public-health emergency,
orders 4-month ban on all vaping products
 
Governor Charlie Baker ordered a four-month ban on all vaping products in Massachusetts yesterday to give health authorities time to figure out what is causing the severe lung diseases some vapers are experiencing.
 
The ban applies to both tobacco and marijuana e-cigarettes. The state’s Public Health Council approved the ban after reports of 61 possible cases, including teenagers, a jump from 38 cases in just a week.
 
The New England Convenience Store & Energy Marketers Association said retailers would support the temporary ban. However, the marijuana industry is critical of it. Shaleen Title of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission says it is a terrible decision. Both she and other industry spokespersons assert the problem is the result of the illicit market that makes and sells THC vaping cartridges.
 
Neither CDC nor FDA have yet determined what is causing these illnesses.
 
Read Boston Globe story here.

 
Regular cannabis use, with and without tobacco co-use, is associated with respiratory disease
 
Researchers obtained data from IBM Watson Health Explorys, an electronic-health-record-integration platform. Matched controls were defined for 8,932 marijuana-using patients and subgroups of marijuana-using patients. Slightly more than half (4,678) had a diagnosis of tobacco-use disorder while 4,254 did not have a tobacco-use disorder.
 
Control patients without a marijuana-use disorder were matched to the marijuana-using patients on several factors.
 
The researchers find that regular marijuana use is associated with significantly greater risk of respiratory disease – asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pneumonia – regardless of tobacco-use disorder status. They call for more research to understand the impact of marijuana use on respiratory health.
 
Read Drug and Alcohol Dependence abstract here.

 
Pot, alcohol most common cause of Canadian youth substance-use hospitalizations: report
 
A first-of-its-kind report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information finds that 23,500 children and young adults aged 10 to 24 were hospitalized for harm caused by substance use. This amounts to 65 hospitalizations a day between April 2017 and March 2018.
 
Marijuana use accounted for nearly 40 percent of hospitalizations while alcohol accounted for 26 percent. Of those hospitalized for marijuana use, 81 percent received care for a mental-health issue such as anxiety, as did 49 percent of opioid-related stays.
 
“The data show only ‘the tip of the iceberg’ because they don’t include care in emergency rooms, family doctors’ offices, addiction centres, or deaths from overdose,” says Jean Harvey, director of the institute’s population and health initiative.
 
Substance-use hospital stays for 10- to 24-year-olds were double those for people aged 25 and older.
 
This report was conducted before the country legalized marijuana and will serve as the baseline for future reports.
 
Read CTV News article here.

 
The rate of teen suicide in Colorado
increased by 58% in three years,
making it the cause of 1 in 5 adolescent deaths
 
Teen suicides in Colorado increased 58 percent between 2016 and 2019, but the reason is unclear. In the past three years, teen suicides rose from 12.9 deaths per 100,000 adolescents to 20.4 deaths per 100,000 youth ages 15-19. That rate put Colorado as the sixth worst state.
 
Colorado’s rate is nearly double that of the nation's at 10.5 per 100,000.
 
The data about Colorado come from a new report by the United Health Foundation which ranks each state for the health of women and children.
 
Read Colorado Public Radio article here. Read United Health Foundation report here.

 
Mom describes 17-year-old son’s death from
cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS)
 
“We had never heard of marijuana causing nausea or vomiting and were only familiar with its various health benefits,” says Regina Denny, whose son Brian died after his kidneys failed from a condition called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome.
 
Ms. Denny describes the family’s haunting story as her son developed incessant vomiting from smoking marijuana and they pursued treatment in emergency rooms and hospitalizations.
 
Read her story in Medical News Today here.
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