Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Fertility

How does smoking marijuana affect sperm?

With the increased legalization of cannabis, especially medical marijuana, researchers are interested in finding out more about its effects on health. One area that is currently under exploration is that of marijuana’s effect on fertility. Researchers are investigating the potential effects of smoking marijuana on male fertility. As recent research shows, men in Western countries […]

Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs HIV / AIDS

Is amyl nitrite safe?

Poppers are a liquid drug that can give an instant high when inhaled. Other names for it are amyl nitrate, butyl nitrite, and liquid gold. The effects of poppers appear quickly and include dizziness, warm sensations, an increased heart rate, and headaches. Poppers have a widespread recreational use. The drug can cause euphoric effects and […]

Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Eating Disorders

Study provides further support for genetic factors underlying addictions

Impairment of a particular gene raises increases susceptibility to opioid addiction liability as well as vulnerability to binge eating according to a new study. Dysfunction of the gene, casein kinase1-epsilon (CSNK1E), increases opioid’s euphoric response and produces a marked increase in sensitivity to binge eating in a female experimental model but not in the male. […]