In a study of 661, 617 pregnant women, researchers found that cannabis use was significantly associated with an increased risk of preterm birth. But these findings may be limited due to other risk factors like tobacco, alcohol, and opioid use.
Effects of Drug Abuse, Smoking and Alcohol on Donor Hearts and Lungs
A review article that discusses how drug use can affect donor organs has revealed that receiving organs, such as a heart or lungs, from a donor who has used cannabis does not add risk to the procedure. A careful assessment of any donor organ should still be conducted, but having a history of cannabis use does not prevent someone from safely donating.
Christine Stenquist is one of many American patients who uses cannabis to manage her addiction to opioids. She has now taken to Utah’s Capitol Hill to educate lawmakers on the benefits of medicinal marijuana. http://bit.ly/2KrroWv
Benjamin Caplan, MDUtahns fighting for medical marijuana, and the upcoming court battles challenging the Legislature
Cannabidiol (CBD) demonstrates a reduction in cue-induced heroin cravings and anxiety levels for those affected by heroin use disorder. In a study conducted at Mount Sinai hospital, former heroin abusers were treated with placebo, a low level of CBD, or a high level of CBD. Individuals who received either amount of CBD displayed fewer cravings in response to drug cues in the hours after administration, with those receiving the higher amount of CBD experiencing the lowest levels of craving one week after treatment. Participants treated with either amount of CBD exhibited significantly lower anxiety levels than the placebo group. CBD could be a viable treatment option for those suffering from heroin use disorder.