Can Recreational Marijuana Be Part of a Healthy Lifestyle?

image: vintagestockBy Crabby McSlackerMore states may be legalizing cannabis, but recreational use is still considered pretty controversial.Getting "high" on purpose, not as a side effect of medicinal use? Many people see that as wicked or sinful. And even more folks dismiss it as silly, weak, reckless, or immature. We're all well-acquainted with the stereotype, right? The lazy, bumbling, airheaded stoner, escaping real life in a cloud of smelly smoke, becoming more moronic and demotivated with every hit.So how could something that can make a person appear so dimwitted and dysfunctional possibly be considered perfectly acceptable, let alone healthy?And yet I'm taking a mostly enthusiastic pro-marijuana stance! With of course a bunch of caveats and qualifications.Because yeah, I know how seriously people are going to take opinions about reefer from someone who blogs as "Crabby McSlacker."What Does the Research Say: Is Marijuana Dangerous or Beneficial to Your Health?If you already have an opinion you'd like to reinforce, you can cherry-pick research to say pretty much whatever you want it to say. Pot is a complex substance, and we humans are complex physiological systems, plus we vary a lot in our physical and psychological responses to the same drugs. Marijuana seems to have both beneficial and not so beneficial aspects, and people who do the studies and compile information often have an agenda.You could try to follow headlines as articles come out, b...
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Researchers recently found that counties that had higher rates of opioid prescribing had nearly two times more babies born with their intestines outside of their bodies, a condition known as gastroschisis, compared with counties with low opioid prescribing rates.
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Conclusions: MetS predicts the risk of T2DM. The quantitative MetS-based prediction model for T2DM risk may improve preventive strategies for T2DM and present considerable public health benefits for the people in mainland China. PMID: 30647739 [PubMed]
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A furloughed federal worker who is diabetic said she resorted to rationing her insulin medication because "the thought of having more debt was scarier than the thought of dying" in her sleep.
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ConclusionThe available evidence remains inconclusive but suggests that curcumin is a promising effective treatment option for the management of patients with OSF. Further well-designed clinical trials with large sample sizes and adequate follow-up periods are highly warranted.
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ConclusionLimited evidence exists on the effects of PRGF in different intraoral bone grafting procedures, with some benefit reported on soft tissue healing and post-operative symptomatology. As this platelet concentrate is commonly used in clinical practice, further research is needed to fully assess its clinical indications and effectiveness.
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Independent experts on an FDA advisory panel were equally split when voting on whether to approve an oral treatment for type 1 diabetes developed by Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc and France's Sanofi SA.
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Authors: Y D, Manjrekar PA, Adhikari P, M C, Ms R Abstract Vitamin D, a steroid hormone is primarily known for its role in calcium and bone mineral homeostasis. Over the years, vitamin D has been implicated in various non-skeletal diseases. The extraskeletal phenomenon can be attributed to the presence of vitamin D receptors (VDRs) in almost all cells and identification of 1-α hydroxylase in extrarenal tissues. The vitamin D deficiency (VDD) pandemic was globally reported with increasing evidence and paralleled the prevalence of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). A dependent link was propos...
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Publication date: Available online 16 January 2019Source: The Lancet Diabetes &EndocrinologyAuthor(s): Maya B Lodish
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