Research Roundup: Dry January for potheads, and why you shouldn’t inject shrooms

The latest edition of CannCentral’s regular roundup of research into cannabis and psychedelics from scientists around the globe


If you've ever considered injecting magic mushrooms into your veins...don't. Photo by MarianVejcik/iStock/Getty Images Plus.


Cannabis use dips in January

Many drinkers strive for a “Dry January“, a month in which they reduce their alcohol consumption, either to offset the excesses of the holiday season or to simply start the year off on a healthier note.

 According to a new study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a large number of cannabis consumers do the same.  

The study’s authors looked at data from 282,768 adolescents and adults who responded to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health between 2015 and 2019. They found that cannabis use increased throughout the calendar year, with use up 13 percent on average at the end of each year compared to the beginning.

Image by Louliana Voelker for NYU; icons by Guilherme Furtado and Made (Noun Project) licensed as Creative Commons CCBY.

“We found that marijuana use is consistently higher among those surveyed later in the year, peaking during late fall or early winter before dropping at the beginning of the following year. We think this may be due, in part, to a ‘Dry January’ in which some people stop drinking alcohol or even stop using marijuana as part of a New Year’s resolution,” said Joseph Palamar, PhD, MPH, an associate professor of population health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, an affiliated researcher with the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) at NYU School of Global Public Health, and the study’s lead author. “We’re now in the time of year when people are the least likely to use marijuana.”

A variety of possible reasons

An NYU press release cites a variety of possible reasons for the consistent dip in cannabis use during winter months. These include “a lower supply this time of year from cannabis harvests, colder weather keeping people inside who usually smoke outdoors, or people quitting marijuana as a New Year’s resolution.”

“Ultimately, we hope that these findings can be utilized by researchers and clinicians alike,” said study coauthor Austin Le, DDS, a research associate at NYU Langone Health and orthodontic resident at NYU College of Dentistry. “Researchers studying marijuana use should consider seasonal variation, as surveys administered at the end of the year may yield different results than at the beginning of the year. And for those who wish to reduce marijuana use, it appears the best time for such targeting may be later in the year—when use is highest.”

How not to take shrooms

There are a number of ways to consume psilocybin-containing mushrooms. For example, you can eat them, either straight-up or combined with other ingredients. You could also brew a hallucinogenic tea out of them.

It should go without saying that you’ll want to consume that tea the same way you would any other type of brewed beverage—by drinking it.

You know what you should never, ever do, under any circumstances? Inject your shrooms.

One man learned that lesson the hard way, according to a case published in the Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. Doctors in Phoenix, Arizona, say the 30-year-old man made a tea from magic mushrooms. He then injected the concoction into his veins. A few days later, he showed up at the emergency department with the fungus growing in his blood.

Live Science reports that the man “spent 22 days in the hospital, with eight of those days in the intensive care unit (ICU), where he received treatment for multisystem organ failure.”

The patient has since been released. He is, however, “still being treated with a long-term regimen of antibiotic and antifungal drugs,” according to Live Science.

Cannabis users may be less likely to conceive

A study published this week in the journal Human Reproduction says that women who use cannabis while trying to conceive may be less likely to get pregnant than those who don’t.

Researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health found that, among women trying to get pregnant, those who reported using cannabis—or who had a positive urine test for the drug—were 40 percent less likely to conceive during each monthly cycle.

“These results highlight potentially harmful associations between cannabis use and reproductive health outcomes,” the researchers wrote in their study.


  • Don Peerenboom January 21, 2021 12:16 AM

    Injecting mushroom tea!?- Stupid is as stupid does!!

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