Topic: drugs

Sigh … Court Upholds Marijuana Classification As “Dangerous Drug With No Accepted Medical Use”

Sigh ... Court Upholds Marijuana Classification As "Dangerous Drug With No Accepted Medical Use"

With a wave of states passing liberal marijuana and medical marijuana policies, it’s easy to forget that federal laws concerning the drug are still really terrible. Under current federal drug policy, marijuana is still considered “a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use.” And once again, a federal appeals court has rejecting a petition to change that classification, finding no “adequate and well-controlled studies confirming the efficacy of marijuana for medicinal uses.” More »

Lance Armstrong’s Doping Confession To Oprah Is Completely Self-Serving

Lance Armstrong's Doping Confession To Oprah Is Completely Self-Serving

Apparently Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah yesterday that he did indeed engage in doping during his cycling career (despite the many times he has out-righted lied and said “I have never doped.”) We all knew this was coming (even his die-heard fans on Facebook who refused to believe it could be true all this time). So why is everyone really shocked or surprised that Armstrong finally confessed? And what does this really mean at this point? More »

Psoriasis Drug Fights Alzheimer’s By Treating It Like An Auto-Immune Disease

Psoriasis Drug Fights Alzheimer's By Treating It Like An Auto-Immune Disease

One of the primary culprits in the neurobiological development of Alzheimer’s disease is a protein called amyloid beta, which can build up and form plaques in the brain.  Now European scientists are reporting that a common psoriasis drug could stop these plaques from forming by targeting a natural inflammatory response in our brains — lending credence to the idea of Alzheimer’s as an auto-immune disease. More »

Medicine Cabinet Makeover: Common OTC Medications That Could Make You Feel Worse

Medicine Cabinet Makeover: Common OTC Medications That Could Make You Feel Worse

Does your medicine cabinet need a makeover? It’s surprisingly common for over the counter medication to cause a rebound effect, prolonging symptoms and making you feel worse. Even a few consecutive days taking certain cold, cough, sleep and indigestion meds can backfire, triggering the rebound and making you dependent on the medicine to feel well. When it comes to the following medicine cabinet staples, you’ll want to use caution (or the trash disposal) to make sure your otc remedies aren’t actually making you ill. More »

New Teen Drug Trend ‘Smiles’ Is Nothing To Smile About

New Teen Drug Trend 'Smiles' Is Nothing To Smile About

There is a new teen drug known as “Smiles” that is freaking people out–and rightly so. It not only causes hallucinations and heart arrhythmias, but it’s also killing kids.

Sold in powder or tablet form, 2C-I–also known as “Smiles”–is a class of drugs related to amphetamines, which is typically mixed with a stabilizing substance like chocolate or candy before ingesting. More »

Heroin Chic: More 20-Somethings Using Heroin, Report Says

Heroin Chic: More 20-Somethings Using Heroin, Report Says

WTF, Gen Y? Certainly everyone our age has seen enough movies and heard about enough addicted celebrities to know that things go along swimmingly for your average drug user until they start using heroin. Then you’re having sex with strangers and stealing your mom’s TV and hiding suppositories up your bum maybe getting stabbed by your ex-girlfriend (RIP Elliott). This is not a route you want to take. Yet taking it more people are, across the country and at younger ages. More »

It’s Time To Talk About Lance Armstrong–And Admit He May Have Lied About Doping

It's Time To Talk About Lance Armstrong--And Admit He May Have Lied About Doping

As much as it pains me to say this, Lance Armstrong may have lied. He may have cheated. And he may have just been caught. Fans of this seven-time Tour de France winner are waking up today to the news that he is quitting his battle against drug charges from the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and forgoing his titles and his legacy as a true American hero. It’s a move that makes it appear he is guilty after all. More »