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Caffeine molecule.

Leave It to the Pros—Caffeine Is No Do-It-Yourself Project

The NIDA Blog Team
February 12, 2015

Last summer, FDA released a safety advisory about caffeine powders. Just 1 teaspoon of pure caffeine powder is equal to 25 cups of coffee—a deadly amount of coffee. Read More »

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Sketch drawing of a cannabis plant.

History of Cannabis, Part 1

The NIDA Blog Team
February 05, 2015

With so much hype about marijuana legalization and the “drug war,” it’s easy to think that marijuana is just a modern phenomenon. But the cannabis (or hemp) plant has had a long history. This is part 1 of a three-part series on the history of cannabis. Read More »

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Doctor speaking with a patient.

What Your Doctor Thinks About Marijuana

The NIDA Blog Team
February 02, 2015

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a statement opposing most uses of medical marijuana and the legalization of marijuana, because of the possible ways the drug can harm young people. Read More »

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NIDA director Nora Volkow, M.D. at TedMed

Obesity and Drug Addiction: The Brain Connection TedMed Talk by NIDA Director

The NIDA Blog Team
January 29, 2015

Many tasty foods trigger a burst of the brain chemical called dopamine in the brain’s reward circuit that is similar to what some drugs produce. Over time, the reward circuit can get less sensitive to the dopamine—it needs the constant dopamine surge from fattening food.  Read More »

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Monitoring the Future 2014: Teen Drug Use

Teen Drug Use—2014 Statistics Animated

The NIDA Blog Team
January 27, 2015

NIDA's new animated infographic features data from the 2014 Monitoring the Future teen drug use survey. With this information you see where we’ve made progress in reducing the number of teens that use drugs and where we still have work to do.  Read More »

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