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Making Medicine From Marijuana


The NIDA Blog Team
September 15, 2014

Scientists are busy trying to figure out which chemicals in marijuana really are useful in treating health problems and then finding ways to deliver them safely and effectively to patients to treat their conditions.  Read More »

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Brain Awareness Week: Smart Brains, Sneaky Drugs

Sara Bellum
March 16, 2010

Here at NIDA, we can't learn enough about the brain. Other scientists are brain-obsessed too-there's even a Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to spread the word about the progress and benefits of brain research. Read More »

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Energy Drinks: A Boost in the Wrong Direction?

Sara Bellum
March 11, 2010

Energy drinks—You see them at X Games events, basketball arenas, and rock concerts. You can even “fan” some of them on Facebook. What these brands don’t tell you, and what science is now showing us, is that their drinks can really be unhealthy. Read More »

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Let's Talk: Images and Videos

Sara Bellum
March 08, 2010

Ready for another question? Without you, our readers, the SBB wouldn't be worth much. So, keep telling us what you think. Question #5: Do the images and videos on the blog catch your eye? If not, what would you recommend changing? Read More »

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What Happened to Mark?

Sara Bellum
March 02, 2010

The news story said Mark McGwire's voice "cracked with emotion" when he finally admitted to the world he had used steroids for 10 years, including the season he broke the home run record, hitting 70 slammers in 1998. Read More »

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Do Scientists Light Up?

Sara Bellum
February 23, 2010

Have you seen Avatar? Awesome special effects. And you had to love the story, especially if you're into science. But there was this one thing ...the top scientist (played by Sigorney Weaver) was a chain smoker. WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT? Read More »

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