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    Marijuana’s potential for hazardous side effects

    Despite the recent legalization in California of cannabis, it is vitally important that we still recognize it as a psychoactive substance that has potentially harmful health and psychological effects. Multiple studies have shown that cannabis, if smoked too early and/or too frequently, can contribute to memory problems in life. On top of that, some studies… Read More

  • Image of a liver - half of it healthy and the other half showing signs of cirrhosis with an image of a bottle of liquor imposed over it

    How does your body handle alcohol?

    Though some people argue that alcohol is not a true “drug” due to its legality and its characterization as a food item, alcohol is certainly a psychoactive substance that alters the functioning of the body. In large doses, alcohol has harmful and toxic effects. The alcohol molecule (or ethanol molecule) is a small one. Because… Read More

  • What is binge drinking?

    Binge drinking is characterized by consumption of a large amount of alcoholic beverages in a short period of time. Typically, clinicians and medical practitioners define one episode of binge drinking as five drinks for males, and four drinks for females in one episode. Despite the fact that the drinker may not be considered “drunk” or… Read More

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