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Medicines or Poisons?—Why Cannabinoids Can Both Help and Hurt You


The NIDA Blog Team
September 19, 2014

Some people think it’s ironic that marijuana, a plant containing compounds that could treat disease, is banned by the government for being unsafe.  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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Eminem and Elton John

Sara Bellum
February 19, 2010

Musician Elton John recently said he’s been helping rapper pal Eminem work through his problems with substance abuse.  Read More »

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Let's Talk: First Impressions

Sara Bellum
February 04, 2010

Thanks to all the SBB readers who are leaving comments and asking questions on the Sara Bellum blog. It's time for Question #4-let us know what you think. Question #4: So, we're curious…how would you describe the Sara Bellum blog to a friend? Read More »

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This picture is showing us an inside view of the brain from the top down. It compares healthy brain activity (left side, with all the red areas) with diminished brain activity in a drug user (right side).

Word of the Day: Disease

Sara Bellum
February 02, 2010

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word disease? You might think of cancer, diabetes, or epilepsy. But do you think of drug abuse? Probably not. But, for some people, drug abuse can lead to a disease called addiction. Read More »

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