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Cannabis, the drug that defined counterculture 50 years ago, is in the spotlight again as evidence mounts of potential medical benefits, and as legal barriers fall — especially in the United States.

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With its demand for water, land and artificial lighting, cannabis growing can leave a large environmental footprint. But heightened awareness could make cultivation more benign.

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Scientists investigate the counter-intuitive connections between exercise and cannabis.

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As interest builds in the potential health benefits from the plant, accumulating evidence confirms that taking the drug also carries risks.

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Over the past decade, marijuana has been legalized for medicinal purposes or recreational use in many countries, and the potency of marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids has substantially increased. In this Review, Pacher and colleagues summarize the role of the endocannabinoid system in cardiovascular health and disease, and critically discuss the beneficial and detrimental cardiovascular effects of marijuana and synthetic cannabinoid use.

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