Medical marijuana for mental illness? Scientists say not enough evidence yet

2019-11-11 14:45

It’s long been believed that medical marijuana has the ability to treat mental illness, but according to researchers who looked at four decades of studies on the topic, the evidence simply isn't compelling enough.

Early miscarriages: Study finds link to frequent dagga use in men

2019-11-06 04:45

According to new research, miscarriages related to frequent male pot use tended to occur within eight weeks of conception.

Health officials have found the main driver of a spate of vaping-linked illnesses across the US – the culprit: THC

2019-09-30 18:45

In America, the number of confirmed or suspected severe lung illnesses linked to vaping has now climbed to 805 cases across 46 states and the US Virgin Islands.

Second hand dagga smoke can harm an asthmatic child

2019-08-29 12:46

Anyone using cannabis needs to consider that others living in their house who have asthma – particularly children – may be at risk of uncontrolled asthma.

Your chocolate 'dagga edible' could hold a hidden danger

2019-08-27 18:50

What if your dagga-infused chocolates had more THC than what was advertised?

Customs agents found nearly 4 tons of marijuana hidden in a shipment of jalapeños trying to enter the US

2019-08-22 11:07

Customs and Border Protection officers seized the marijuana and the truck, which was driven by a Mexican national.

Legalising medical marijuana won't ease opioid crisis

2019-07-31 08:13

Researchers emphasise that an increase in the opioid overdose death rate in US states that have legalised medical marijuana doesn't mean medical marijuana is spurring on opioid ODs.

Advocates say dagga makes them better parents, but a new study links pot use with more punitive parenting

2019-07-21 09:33

Moms and dads who reported using more than one substance were most likely to use discipline, particularly physical discipline like spanking.

For many, marijuana is now an alternative to opioids or sleep meds

2019-07-03 12:23

In a survey of people who use marijuana in Colorado, a large percentage of users said it was very or extremely helpful to quell pain.

Gene found that may increase risk of cannabis abuse

2019-06-25 05:18

A large international research team found that a specific gene in the human body is linked to cannabis use disorder.


Get to know your CBD: 6 things to bear in mind to avoid buying a toxic or illegal product

2019-11-07 14:45

With the explosion of CBD products on the market, SAPS and SAHPRA warn that it’s important you assess the quality and legality of the product when buying. Here are some insights from experts in the field.

'Our people feel betrayed' - small-scale dagga growers fear exclusion from legal trade

2019-10-15 13:49

As South Africa looks to enter the booming commercial cannabis market, the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform has repeatedly reiterated the plant's economic promise for the country's poorest province.

Coming soon: A dagga breathalyser?

2019-09-05 04:45

Scientists are working hard to develop a breathalyser that can measure the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana to combat driving under the influence of the substance.

'Synthetic pot' laced with rat poison lands people in the ER

2019-08-28 20:50

Synthetic pot, laced with a rat-killing blood-thinner, is more powerful and longer-lasting than prescription blood thinners.

The startup behind the world's first dagga breathalyzer hopes to start selling it soon – here’s what the company says it can do

2019-08-27 14:41

US-based Hound Labs raised a fresh $30 million, the equivalent of around R460 million, on Tuesday and published the first study showing how its handheld device might work.

Medical marijuana won't help ease opioid crisis

2019-08-01 08:35

A new study refutes the notion that the use of medical marijuana against pain may mitigate the ongoing problem of opioid abuse in the US.

Why are more women using marijuana during the early stages of their pregnancies?

2019-07-26 19:30

Researchers found significant evidence that marijuana exposure during pregnancy is associated with having a low-birthweight baby. .

Did you know dagga is toxic to dogs? Here's what to do if your dog ingests it

2019-07-05 13:55

While the private use of marijuana is now legal in South Africa, vets are warning that the drug poses a serious risk to dogs if they ingest it.

More women using dagga during pregnancy, despite potential harms to baby

2019-06-27 21:00

Cannabis use in pregnancy has been tied to a higher preterm birth rate, higher odds for low birth weight, certain obstetric complications and the need for newborns to be cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit.

An old NASA study gave spiders drugs to see how it affected their webs, and it'll make you want to never drink coffee again

2019-06-14 17:37

NASA researchers exposed spiders to different chemicals, like caffeine and dagga, and noted how differently they spin webs under the influence of each.

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