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

An ad for Maltos-Cannabis, the most cannabis-o-riffic food supplement…

Historically speaking, cannabis has been used for a whole slew of tinctures, potions, and other such miracle cures. But for the "nervous persons, weak children, and convalescents" of the 1890s, there was Maltos-Cannabis, a nutritious weight-gaining supplement that set the consumer back a mere 75 cents a can. » 9/12/12 7:00am 9/12/12 7:00am

How many joints would you have to smoke to die of a marijuana overdose?

The short answer? An absolutely comical amount, perhaps lit by a jet engine. It would also help if you owned a residence in Toontown or were physically a Tex Avery illustration. In a 1988 DEA brief, Judge Francis Young did the math and broke down just how much sticky-icky it would take to off you entirely: » 3/08/12 7:15am 3/08/12 7:15am

Legalizing marijuana could reduce traffic fatalities

On the fence about legalizing marijuana? If so, consider this: legalizing weed could save your life. In the most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted, the Institute for the Study of Labor has revealed in a provisional discussion paper that the legalization of medical marijuana in the United States is linked… » 12/01/11 3:18pm 12/01/11 3:18pm