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Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs News From Medical News Today

Substance addiction is a complex disorder characterized by compulsive drug use. While addiction is difficult to understand, all abused substances share one thing in common - repeated use could change the way the brain looks and functions. Some people can use recreational or prescription drugs without ever experiencing negative consequences or addiction. For others, substance use can cause problems at school, work and home, and in relationships.
  1. Can drinking make you a better foreign language speaker?
    Can a drink help to improve your performance in a foreign language? A new study suggests that may be the case, but only for low doses of alcohol.
  2. When it comes to rewards, the brain prefers not to wait
    Decision-making is partly controlled by reward pathways. Recent research examines how waiting time affects this dopamine-based system.
  3. New insights into marijuana's effect on the developing brain
    Emerging research investigates what the main active substance in marijuana does to neural cells, and how this may lead to addictive behavior.
  4. How do genes and lifestyle choices affect lifespan?
    Researchers have analyzed abundant genetic and lifestyle data, and they warn that our lifestyle choices can have a serious impact on our life expectancy.
  5. Magic mushroom compound may treat severe depression
    Psilocybin, a magic mushroom compound, may succeed where other anti-depression treatments have failed; the drug may 'reset' the brain, new research shows.
  6. Cannabis intoxication may be stopped with anti-obesity drug
    Intoxication with so-called legal highs may be fatal. But new research may have found the antidote in a slimming drug that blocks cannabinoid receptors.
  7. Tactile hallucinations: Causes, diagnosis, and treatment
    Learn more about tactile hallucinations and its symptoms. Including more on causes such as Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and delirium tremens.
  8. 'Dabbing' cannabis may release cancerous toxins
    A new study finds that vaporizing cannabis using butane hash oil releases carcinogenic substances, especially at high temperatures.
  9. Melatonin and alcohol: Are they safe to mix?
    Are melatonin and alcohol safe to mix? We answer the question and provide more information on the interactions to be aware of with the two substances.
  10. Marijuana and 'spice' could trigger seizures, study says
    High-potency natural and synthetic cannabinoids were found to trigger seizures in mice, say researchers, with the latter posing the strongest effects.