Is cannabis actually green? Experts unpack the climate impacts of weed’s rising popularity

Cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, this year estimated to rake in more than $64 billion globally as more and more regions unravel marijuana prohibition. Germany became the third European country to legalize weed on April 1 this year, though only in limited amounts, while voters in states like Florida and Nebraska may decide to legalize the plant, potentially joining the roughly 74% of Americans who live somewhere cannabis is legally sold....

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Medical marijuana patients don’t experience negative cognitive effects when used as directed: study

All drugs have side effects, including medical marijuana; the question is whether or not these side effects are manageable or outweighed by the benefits of the drug. For example, ibuprofen can cause liver damage, but used as directed, it’s very rarely going to cause harm. When it comes to cannabis, however, there is still a prevailing stigma that the “medical” part is just a euphemism and that the drug can cause significant cognitive impairment....

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Marijuana can often help with autism symptoms, but it’s complicated. A new study indicates why

Autistic people who smoke marijuana often report having positive experiences. Yet their anecdotal evidence does not in and of itself prove that marijuana is an effective drug for treating autistic symptoms. To help fill that void, a recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry examined 20 patients with autistic symptoms who had been treated with full-spectrum cannabis extracts (FCEs)....

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