GHB, the ‘date rape’ drug: What you need to know

Gammahydroxybutrate, or GHB, is a psychoactive drug used for medical treatment of narcolepsy, and is also known under the names of liquid ecstasy, G, grievous bodily harm, scoop and easy lay. GHB is used recreationally as a party drug, and has earned itself a reputation as a date-rape drug since it has sedative effects and … Continued

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U.S Alcohol-related deaths double over the last 20 years

According to the results of a new study carried out by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol consumption and the rate of alcohol-associated harms is on the rise in the United States. The study also showed that the number of alcohol-related hospitalizations, and death rates, are on the rise. … Continued

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Binge drinking youth more likely to take part in risky behaviours

According to the results of two recent scientific studies published in the journal Pediatrics, adolescents who engage in binge drinking behaviour or abuse prescription opioids are significantly more likely to engage in other risky behaviors. The first study examined driving outcomes associated with binge drinking, and involved researchers following over 2,000 teens for four years … Continued

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CBD can have side effects too

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the naturally occurring plant molecules called phytocannabinoids extracted from cannabis and hemp plants. In contrast to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a phytocannabinoid molecule found in cannabis, CBD is not psychoactive – which means it does not cause alterations in mental state, and does not affect nervous system function. Recently, research studies have … Continued

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Cannabis 102 – Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Tetrahydrocannabinol – What the heck is that? When cannabis is used the tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) in the plant is broken down, or converted, into tetrahydrocannabinol or THC which is psychoactive. Almost right away the body starts metabolizing, or breaking down, the THC to it’s primary metabolite 11-hydroxy-THC (11-OH-THC) “hydroxy THC” which is also psychoactive. The … Continued

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Cannabis 101 – The Mystery of Marijuana

Cannabis, Marijuana, Marihuana, THC, Cannabidiol What’s the deal with all these different substances? We will explore all of these in an upcoming series of articles. Before the 1930’s the plant was known simply as cannabis, a genus of flowering plant in the family Cannabaceae. During the 30’s America saw a huge influx of Mexican illegal … Continued

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