The most significant differences between those who smoked marijuana and those who never or no longer did was that current smokers’ insulin levels were reduced by 16 percent and their insulin resistance (a condition in which the body has trouble absorbing glucose from the bloodstream) was reduced by 17 percent.The Atlantic’s Lindsay Abrams, reporting on the results of a recent study on the health effects of marijuana. In addition, regular pot smokers were skinnier than those who abstained, “even after adjusting for factors like age, sex, tobacco and alcohol use, and physical activity levels,” and had higher levels of HDL (“good cholesterol”). source
52% support marijuana legalization in a new Pew poll, compared with 45% who don’t. It’s the first national poll ever to show majority support for legalization.
Synthetic cannabinoids are not safe alternatives to marijuana. There are unexpected and unpredictable health problems that can occur. The availability of the synthetic cannabinoid products, coupled with how rapidly the chemicals present in the various products change, really creates a recipe for a public health disaster.Michael Schwartz, medical officer for the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health • Discussing a report he co-authored, claiming a link between the use of synthetic cannabinoids (products such as Spice, plant blends treated with a synthetic drug solvent, sold legally in smoke shops) and kidney failure, as well as some other undesirable side effects. Such products are sold ostensibly as incense, and with printed warnings against consumption, but the widespread understanding of their use is another matter. source
The investigation was launched by the DOJ’s Inspector General’s office, which recommended that the Justice Department consider disciplining the 14 agents named. Holder said today that the report would be reviewed with “consideration of potential personnel actions.”