Medical Daily - A new study finds people who have smoked pot more than 100 times are significantly more likely to have prediabetes when they reach middle age. Prediabetes means your blood sugar is higher than normal, says the Mayo Clinic, though not as high as a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. While prediabetes can progress to diabetes, the new study surprisingly does not draw a link between marijuana use and diabetes.
DrugFree.org - More Americans are using marijuana, according to a new government report. About 8.4 percent of Americans ages 12 and older were current users of marijuana last year, up from 7.5 percent in 2013. The percentage of teens ages 12 to 17 who smoke, drink or use prescription narcotics nonmedically has fallen, HealthDay reports.
CNet - Besides known facts like pot makes Hot Pockets look edible, we're still learning how marijuana impacts our bodies. More scientific studies are emerging on the matter, however, including one that appeared in the journal JAMA Psychiatry this week suggesting that casual cannabis use may not have as profound an effect on some parts of the brain as prior neuroimaging studies have concluded.
Newsweek - Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Rutgers University have found that frequent marijuana use by teenage boys does not correlate to later physical and mental health issues. The results of the new study, published by the American Psychological Association in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, contradicted prior data on marijuana use, and surprised lead researcher Jordan Bechtold of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Forbes - States allowing prescribers to recommend medical marijuana typically require patients to register for a state-authorized medical marijuana identification card before being able to possess the drug for treatment. Many teenage users comply, but there’s still a small percentage of them that go to the black market to get their medication.