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Drug survey reveals rise of internet dealers – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 21st, 2016.

An annual survey of frequent drug users has revealed that the internet is becoming an increasingly common tool for sourcing drugs. The latest results from the Massey University Illicit Drug Monitoring System (IDMS) study show 72 per cent of frequent drug users report increased buying and selling of drugs via social media and encrypted websites. […]

SMC BRIEFING: Medical cannabis products

John Kerr posted in on April 20th, 2016.

Medical cannabis products such as Sativex and Epidolex have been in the headlines for months, with many patients pushing for greater access. But what exactly are these products and do they even work? The Science Media Centre held an online briefing with researchers and journalists to find out more about the current state of research […]

Victoria set to legalise medical marijuana – Expert Reaction

John Kerr posted in on October 8th, 2015.

In an Australian first, the Victorian Government announced yesterday it would legalise marijuana for the treatment of medical conditions including cancer, chronic pain and epilepsy. The decision is based upon a report by the Victorian Law Reform Commission which recommended licensing cultivators and manufacturers to develop a range of products, including oils and sprays, to […]

Pot-smoking teens less likely to finish high school

Laura Goodall posted in on September 11th, 2014.

Frequent teenage cannabis use is linked with less educational achievement and other problems later in life, according to New Zealand and Australian research. Individuals who are daily users of cannabis before age 17 are less likely to complete high school or obtain a degree compared with those who have never used the drug, new research published […]

Teen cannabis use and poor life outcomes – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on September 10th, 2014.

Frequent teenage cannabis use is linked with less educational achievement and other problems later in life, according to new New Zealand and Australian research. Individuals who are daily users of cannabis before age 17 are less likely to complete high school or obtain a degree compared with those who have never used the drug, new […]

Medicinal cannabis debated

John Kerr posted in on May 13th, 2014.

TVNZ’s Sunday programme explored the issue of medicinal marijuana this weekend, interviewing Kiwi parents who believe medicinal cannabis is the most effective treatment for severe epilepsy caused by Dravet Syndrome. You can watch the full segment here. The story comes after a a Health Select Committee report on medical cannabis, published last week, recommended no […]

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Cannabis and IQ debate in the media

John Kerr posted in on January 15th, 2013.

A Norwegian economist has questioned the findings of a highly publicised New Zealand study which found a causal link between heavy adolescent cannabis use and a decrease in IQ. However, the authors of the original research have backed their conclusions in the ensuing media coverage. Research published last year, based on data from the Dunedin […]

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Teen cannabis IQ impact questioned – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on January 15th, 2013.

Heavy cannabis use during the teenage years may not be directly responsible for lower IQ, says a researcher questioning the findings of a highly-publicised New Zealand study. However, the authors of the original study remain confident in their findings. Research based on the internationally-renowned Dunedin longitudinal study drew a causal link last year between adolescent […]

Teen cannabis and IQ in the news

John Kerr posted in on August 28th, 2012.

New research investigating adolescent cannabis use and its effect on IQ later in life has been widely covered in the media. The study, which was based on the a longitudinal study of over 1,000 people born in Dunedin in 1972-3. Researchers found individuals who started using cannabis in adolescence and used it for years afterward […]

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Teen cannabis use and IQ – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on August 28th, 2012.

The persistent, dependent use of marijuana during adolescence has been linked to later declines in an individual’s intelligence, attention and memory, according to a large,  New Zealand-based study. A team of researchers from New Zealand, the UK and the US analysed data from over 1,000 individuals enrolled in the Dunedin Cohort study and found that […]

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