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A drug is any substance that alters the body's normal functions. Despite the attention placed on marijuana and hard drugs, nicotine is still considered the most addictive substance known to man. Although contested, caffeine is considered the next most addictive, with 30% of users becoming addicted.

High School Drug Use Trends. In 2014, 44.1 million Americans reported using illicit drugs over the past year.

High School Drug Use Trends

One tragic result of the widespread use of drugs and alcohol is its impact on youth. In the United States alone, 7% of youth aged 12–13 took an illicit substance in the past year, while 5.6% reported drinking alcohol. Early use of drugs or alcohol has been linked to a several times greater risk of developing substance dependence, as the majority of Americans aged 18–30 admitted for substance abuse treatment initiated alcohol or drug use before the age of 18. The use of alcohol and illicit drugs by teenagers and youth is a serious issue. With a problem this widespread, we wanted to find out where youth drinking and drug use is most prominent. Marijuana and Binge Drinking Across the U.S. Ancient Cannabis 'Burial Shroud' Discovered in Desert Oasis. Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana's Secrets - Graphic: Marijuana's Moment.

Decriminalizing Drugs in Portugal a Success. Pop quiz: Which European country has the most liberal drug laws?

Decriminalizing Drugs in Portugal a Success

(Hint: It's not the Netherlands.) Although its capital is notorious among stoners and college kids for marijuana haze–filled "coffee shops," Holland has never actually legalized cannabis — the Dutch simply don't enforce their laws against the shops. The correct answer is Portugal, which in 2001 became the first European country to officially abolish all criminal penalties for personal possession of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

Salema porgy. Sarpa salpa, known commonly as the Salema porgy, is a species of sea bream, recognisable by the golden stripes that run down the length of its body, and which can cause hallucinations when eaten.[1] It is relatively common off the coasts of South Africa, Tenerife, Malta and Cyprus, but has occasionally been found as far north as Great Britain.[1] Males are typically 15 cm (6 in) to 30 cm (12 in) in length, while females are usually 31 cm (12 in) to 45 cm (18 in).[2] Sarpa salpa was reportedly consumed as a recreational drug during the time of the Roman Empire.[3] The fish became widely known for its psychoactivity following widely publicized articles in 2006, when two men ingested it at a Mediterranean restaurant and began to experience many auditory and visual hallucinogenic effects.[3] These hallucinations, described as frightening, were reported to have occurred minutes after the fish was ingested and had a total duration of 36 hours.

Salema porgy

Global Legality of Cannabis. The Most Addictive Drugs in the World. Colorado Sells $19 Million in Cannabis in March: $1.9 Million Goes to Schools and Crime Down 10% All the naysayers who were against marijuana legalization are eating crow about now.

Colorado Sells $19 Million in Cannabis in March: $1.9 Million Goes to Schools and Crime Down 10%

Colorado’s weed sales just keep trending up, and with the sales of legal weed, they are improving their schools and reducing overall crime rates. Not counting medicinal weed sales, Colorado sold nearly $19 million in their recreational weed market in the month of March, and $1.9 million of that goes straight into government coffers and towards building schools. At this pace, according to PolicyMic, Colorado will make $30 million this year in pot taxes alone. What’s even more promising is that these numbers are still low estimates, as the recreational and medicinal marijuana markets (coinciding just fine, take note Washington) are likely to keep trending upward. Study Reveals What Cannabis Does To Your Brain. According to a new study, smoking high-potency skunk-like cannabis can significantly damage white matter, which is responsible for connecting different areas of the brain.

Study Reveals What Cannabis Does To Your Brain

The team explored the impact of cannabis potency in inducing psychosis. They used an MRI technique to look at the white matter of 99 people, 56 of which had reported a first psychotic episode. They found that white matter damage was significantly greater among heavy users of high-potency cannabis compared to occasional or low-potency users. Dr. Effects of Drugs on Spider Webs. The Drug-Combo Chart. Dissolving Pills. ScienceAlert. Microscopic Images of Alcoholic Drinks.

All of these impressive photos of alcoholic beverages under a microscope uncover the elements that make up some of our preferred tipples.

Microscopic Images of Alcoholic Drinks

Similar to photos of snowflakes, each and every beverage is unique, while observed below when zoomed about 1, 000 times under a high tech lab microscope. Created by United States company Bevshots, these are available as artworks for potential buyers which recognize the concealed beauty of alcoholic beverages. Piña colada, vodka, tequila y otras bebidas vistas con el microscopio. Quien iba a pensar en los psicodélico que se ven varias bebidas alcohólicas vistas en el microscopio!

Piña colada, vodka, tequila y otras bebidas vistas con el microscopio

Este proyecto lo llevó a cabo el científico Michael Davidson y lo que hizo fue poner una serie de cocktails vistos en el microscopio y luego los fotografió. End the Ban on Psychoactive Drug Research. Discovery of new psychiatric medication, whether for the treatment of depression, autism or schizophrenia, is at a virtual standstill.

End the Ban on Psychoactive Drug Research

As just one example, the antidepressants on the market today are no more effective at reversing the mood disorder than those that first became available in the 1950s. New thinking is desperately needed to aid the estimated 14 million American adults who suffer from severe mental illness. Innovation would likely accelerate if pharmacologists did not have to confront an antiquated legal framework that, in effect, declares off-limits a set of familiar compounds that could potentially serve as the chemical basis for entire new classes of drugs.

LSD, ecstasy (MDMA), psilocybin and marijuana have, for decades, been designated as drugs of abuse. But they had their origins in the medical pharmacopeia. National laws and international conventions put a stop to all that. Most consumed alcoholic beverages per country. Smoking Cannabis can Shrink the Size and Shape of Sperm: Study. Minimum Legal Drinking Ages around the World. The minimum legal drinking age varies dramatically around the world.

Minimum Legal Drinking Ages around the World

Most such laws apply only to drinking alcoholic beverages in public locations. The only country with a minimum legal age for consuming alcohol at home is the United Kingdom, which prohibits drinking below the age of six. The average (mean) minimum legal drinking age around the globe is 15.9. The majority of countries have set the drinking age at 18. In fifty countries the minimum age is lower than 18 and in 12 countries it is higher than 18. The enforcement of minimum legal drinking ages also varies widely between countries and often within countries. Anxiety and sleeping pills 'linked to dementia' 9 September 2014Last updated at 22:21 ET By Helen Briggs Health editor, BBC News website The class of drugs known as benzodiazepines is mainly used to treat anxiety or insomnia Long-term use of pills for anxiety and sleep problems may be linked to Alzheimer's, research suggests.

Anxiety and sleeping pills 'linked to dementia'

A study of older Canadian adults found that past benzodiazepine use for three months or more was linked to an increased risk (up to 51%) of dementia. History of Weed. Results after the first 6 months of Legalization in CO. Smoking Pot Doesn't Cause Lung Cancer. The largest study ever conducted on marijuana’s relevance to lung cancer has come up with some somewhat surprising results.

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse funded the University of California at Los Angeles study, which found that smoking marijuana does not cause lung cancer, and it doesn’t seem to matter how much or how often it is smoked. Donald Tashkin, a pulmonologist at UCLA, has studied marijuana for 30 years. Furthermore, Tashkin’s work has previously established a tenuous link between marijuana smoking and negative health effects. Colorado River Toad. Description[edit] Range of Incilius alvarius in the United States (it also inhabits northwest Mexico) The Colorado River toad can grow to about 7.5 inches (190 mm) long and is the largest toad in the United States apart from the non-native cane toad (Rhinella marina).

It has a smooth, leathery skin and is olive green or mottled brown in color. Just behind the large golden eye with horizontal pupil is a bulging kidney-shaped parotoid gland. Below this is a large circular pale green area which is the tympanum or ear drum. Distribution and habitat[edit] Gathering Glass Designs. A Drug That Could Give You Perfect Visual Memory. 6 Animals That Can Get You High. Most human beings are inexplicably drawn to at least some measure of mind-altering substances, from your grandmother sipping her soothingly-caffeinated tea to the dude in Under Armour sweatpants puking out rivers of beer in front of your apartment building at seven o'clock on a Sunday morning.

However, only the few, the visionaries, look at passing wildlife and think, "Hey, I wonder if that creature can get me wasted? Legality of Cannabis in the United States (as of Nov 2014) Four down, forty-six to go. Cannabis seeds species genetic origins and history of marijuana strains. Although thousands of hybridized cannabis seeds varieties have been created by enthusiastic home and professional seed breeders, the fundamental genetic stock of traditional cannabis seeds strains is well-known and respected.

The Botany Of Cannabis. Magic Mushrooms may have Cure for Depression. New Marijuana Study Confirms Everyone Knows You're High And You Will Be Stoned Forever. Science Says: Lungs Love Weed. Breathe easy, tokers. Smoking marijuana in moderate amounts may not be so bad for your lungs, after all.

A new study, published in this month's Journal of the American Medical Association, tested the lung function of over 5,000 young adults between 18 and 30 to determine marijuana's effect on lungs. Cannabis Cures Cancer. Iconic 2,500 year old Siberian princess 'died from breast cancer', reveals MRI scan. How Hemp Got High.