Does Researching Casual Marijuana Use Cause Brain Abnormalities?

Last week, a study was published that claimed to establish a link between casual marijuana use and abnormalities in the brains of recreational users. Intrigued by a claim made by one of the paper's authors in the wave of ensuing press coverage, UC Berkeley computational biologist Lior Pachter decided to take a closer… » 4/22/14 8:20am 4/22/14 8:20am

What can we actually learn from the UK's first marijuana 'overdose'?

Gemma Moss recently became the first woman in Britain "ruled to have been poisoned to death by smoking cannabis," her sudden death referred to by tabloids as "the tragic proof that cannabis can kill." But Moss's story, while undeniably sad, has told us next to nothing about the dangers of pot. At the same time, its… » 2/01/14 10:00am 2/01/14 10:00am

Debunking this week's hottest pot myths point-by-point

Earlier this week, heavyweight columnists David Brooks and Ruth Marcus weighed in on the debate over the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado. Armed with reason and findings from several studies, Time's Maia Szalavitz has served up a refreshing piece of debunkery that tackles their misinformed contentions… » 1/05/14 3:00pm 1/05/14 3:00pm

You Can Smoke Pot In GTA V, According to Ratings Board

We had a hunch it was going to be possible, and, now, the people who rate video games are letting the cat out of the dimebag. You can smoke pot in GTA V, according to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. That same group has offered a bunch of other mild spoilers for GTA V, if you're interested. » 8/20/13 7:46pm 8/20/13 7:46pm

California's marijuana boom is wreaking havoc on the environment

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the dramatic rise in pot farms in Northern California is starting to take a toll on the surrounding environment. Agricultural practices like water-siphoning, pesticide spraying, and littering are having a noticeable effect on what is a very fragile ecosystem. » 12/25/12 2:30pm 12/25/12 2:30pm

More evidence that marijuana could slow brain aging

Researchers can't seem to make up their minds about the long-term cognitive effects of marijuana. Some studies have shown that it reduces brain power and impairs working memory, while other studies are indicating that it can suppress brain inflammation and confer other neuroprotective properties. And now, perhaps… » 10/30/12 3:31pm 10/30/12 3:31pm

Is marijuana unhealthier than people think?

As medical and recreational use of marijuana continues to grow, a dangerous lack of awareness about its health risks could be putting millions of lives at risk. This is the conclusion reached by the British Lung Foundation (BLF), a leading charity that is worried about the "alarming disconnect" between the public… » 6/07/12 10:40am 6/07/12 10:40am

Mark Trail versus the marijuana farmers is the new greatest comic strip…

Your local paper's comics page is usually an elephant graveyard of half-realized punchlines and the inchoate mutterings of cartoonists who realized it's impossible to be funny 365 days a year, for decades on end. Therefore, you end up with entire weeks of Hi and Lois communicating solely through hieroglyphics and Odie… » 4/30/12 3:05pm 4/30/12 3:05pm

A deranged 1988 PSA about a supercomputer who hates marijuana

Here's some VHS ephemera that gives the post-apocalyptic library education series Tomes & Talismans a run for its money. In 1988, actor Richard Kiley starred in Fast Forward Future, a three-part U.S. Department of Education-funded video series about a fortune-telling computer that warns children about the dangers of… » 4/23/12 11:30am 4/23/12 11:30am