The Preclinical and Clinical Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids on Cardiovascular Health

The Preclinical and Clinical Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids on Cardiovascular Health
Author: Rodney A. Samaan,Christopher Samaan
Publsiher: Academic Press
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2021-08-16
ISBN 10: 9780128174326
ISBN 13: 0128174323
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Preclinical and Clinical Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids on Cardiovascular Health Book Review:

The Preclinical and Clinical Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids on Cardiovascular Health is a comprehensive investigation into the cardiovascular health effects of marijuana use. As the prevalence of cannabis use increases both recreationally and clinically, a shroud of misinformation exists in academia, the public, and clinical realms. Further, since different studies show contradictory results it is hard to determine the exact benefits for cannabis use. This book will focus on a specific set of cardiovascular diseases plaguing the current population and the effects of cannabis will be addressed from numerous viewpoints including human physiological and clinical disease outcomes to issues in public health. By gathering this information in a way that addresses numerous viewpoints the book serves as a comprehensive reference and clinical guide Compiles the numerous contradictory reports about the effects of marijuana and cardiovascular disease for ease in comparison Examines the mechanisms that have shown how marijuana use might contribute to the development of chronic cardiovascular conditions and/or acutely trigger cardiovascular events Includes coverage of the drug's role in pharmacotherapy

The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids

The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids
Author: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,Health and Medicine Division,Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice,Committee on the Health Effects of Marijuana: An Evidence Review and Research Agenda
Publsiher: National Academies Press
Total Pages: 486
Release: 2017-03-31
ISBN 10: 0309453070
ISBN 13: 9780309453073
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids Book Review:

Significant changes have taken place in the policy landscape surrounding cannabis legalization, production, and use. During the past 20 years, 25 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis and/or cannabidiol (a component of cannabis) for medical conditions or retail sales at the state level and 4 states have legalized both the medical and recreational use of cannabis. These landmark changes in policy have impacted cannabis use patterns and perceived levels of risk. However, despite this changing landscape, evidence regarding the short- and long-term health effects of cannabis use remains elusive. While a myriad of studies have examined cannabis use in all its various forms, often these research conclusions are not appropriately synthesized, translated for, or communicated to policy makers, health care providers, state health officials, or other stakeholders who have been charged with influencing and enacting policies, procedures, and laws related to cannabis use. Unlike other controlled substances such as alcohol or tobacco, no accepted standards for safe use or appropriate dose are available to help guide individuals as they make choices regarding the issues of if, when, where, and how to use cannabis safely and, in regard to therapeutic uses, effectively. Shifting public sentiment, conflicting and impeded scientific research, and legislative battles have fueled the debate about what, if any, harms or benefits can be attributed to the use of cannabis or its derivatives, and this lack of aggregated knowledge has broad public health implications. The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids provides a comprehensive review of scientific evidence related to the health effects and potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis. This report provides a research agendaâ€"outlining gaps in current knowledge and opportunities for providing additional insight into these issuesâ€"that summarizes and prioritizes pressing research needs.

Therapeutic Uses of Cannabis

Therapeutic Uses of Cannabis
Author: British Medical Association
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 164
Release: 1997-11-18
ISBN 10: 9789057023187
ISBN 13: 9057023180
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Therapeutic Uses of Cannabis Book Review:

At the last Annual Representative Meeting of the British Medical Association a motion was passed that `certain additional cannabinoids should be legalized for wider medicinal use.'' This report supports this landmark statement by reviewing the scientific evidence for the therapeutic use of cannabinoids and sets the agenda for change. It will be welcomed by those who believe that cannabinoids can be used in medical treatment. The report discusses in a clear and readable form the use and adverse effects of the drug for nausea, multiple sclerosis, pain, epilepsy, glaucoma, and asthma.

Handbook of Cannabis

Handbook of Cannabis
Author: Roger G. Pertwee
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 747
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 0199662681
ISBN 13: 9780199662685
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Cannabis Book Review:

In addition it also examines the complex morphology, cultivation, harvesting, and processing of cannabis and the ways in which the plant's chemical composition can be controlled. As well as offering a raft of scientific information there is extensive coverage of cannabinoid-based medicines. Helping readers to identify and evaluate their benefits, chapters explore pharmacological actions and the effects that seem to underlie approved therapeutic uses, how they are currently used to treat certain disorders, and the ever-growing number of wide-ranging potential clinical applications. There is also coverage of both the legal and illegal sources of cannabis, including 'coffee shops' and 'cannabis dispensaries'. The complex issue of 'recreational cannabis' is also tackled.

Cannabis and Cannabinoids

Cannabis and Cannabinoids
Author: Ethan B Russo
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 478
Release: 2013-09-05
ISBN 10: 1136614931
ISBN 13: 9781136614934
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cannabis and Cannabinoids Book Review:

Study the latest research findings by international experts! This comprehensive volume presents state-of-the-art scientific research on the therapeutic uses of cannabis and its derivatives. All too often, discussions of the potential medical uses of this substance are distorted by political considerations that have no place in a medical debate. Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutic Potential features fair, equitable discussion of this emerging and controversial medical topic by the world’s foremost researchers. Cannabis and Cannabinoids examines the benefits, drawbacks, and side effects of medical marijuana as a treatment for various conditions and diseases. This book discusses the scientific basis for marijuana’s use in cases of pain, nausea, anorexia, and cachexia. It also explores its possible benefits in glaucoma, ischemia, spastic disorders, and migraine. Cannabis and Cannabinoids examines all facets of the medical use of marijuana, including: botany history biochemistry pharmacology clinical use toxicology side effects Cannabis and Cannabinoids is a reference work that will become indispensable to physicians, psychologists, researchers, biochemists, graduate students, and interested members of the public. No other book available offers this comprehensive, even-handed look at a deeply divisive subject.

Marijuana and Medicine

Marijuana and Medicine
Author: Institute of Medicine
Publsiher: National Academies Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 1999-07-10
ISBN 10: 0309071550
ISBN 13: 9780309071550
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Marijuana and Medicine Book Review:

The medical use of marijuana is surrounded by a cloud of social, political, and religious controversy, which obscures the facts that should be considered in the debate. This book summarizes what we know about marijuana from evidence-based medicine--the harm it may do and the relief it may bring to patients. The book helps the reader understand not only what science has to say about medical marijuana but also the logic behind the scientific conclusions. Marijuana and Medicine addresses the science base and the therapeutic effects of marijuana use for medical conditions such as glaucoma and multiple sclerosis. It covers marijuana's mechanism of action, acute and chronic effects on health and behavior, potential adverse effects, efficacy of different delivery systems, analysis of the data about marijuana as a gateway drug, and the prospects for developing cannabinoid drugs. The book evaluates how well marijuana meets accepted standards for medicine and considers the conclusions of other blue-ribbon panels. Full of useful facts, this volume will be important to anyone interested in informed debate about the medical use of marijuana: advocates and opponents as well as policymakers, regulators, and health care providers.

Contemporary Health Issues on Marijuana

Contemporary Health Issues on Marijuana
Author: Kevin A. Sabet,Ken C. Winters
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 319
Release: 2018
ISBN 10: 0190263075
ISBN 13: 9780190263072
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contemporary Health Issues on Marijuana Book Review:

Contemporary Health Issues on Marijuana is a balanced, empirically driven volume that highlights new and meaningful theory and evidence pertaining to marijuana use. Authored by a multidisciplinary group of experts from the fields of psychology, epidemiology, medicine, and criminal justice, chapters comprehensively review numerous research domains of public health interest with respect to marijuana use, including the drug's impact on cognitive andneurological functioning, its medical effects, treatment approaches for cannabis use disorders, the effects of marijuana smoking on lung function, and marijuana-impaired driving.

Handbook of Cannabis for Clinicians Principles and Practice

Handbook of Cannabis for Clinicians  Principles and Practice
Author: Dustin Sulak DO
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2021-06-29
ISBN 10: 0393714195
ISBN 13: 9780393714197
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Cannabis for Clinicians Principles and Practice Book Review:

The first foundational text on the clinical use of cannabis and cannabinoid therapies. Despite thousands of years of medical use and an impressive record of safety, versatility, and efficacy, Cannabis sativa has existed outside the modern pharmacopeia since the 1940s. Primarily driven by popular demand, this botanical has returned to health care, but most clinicians lack the knowledge essential for identifying candidates for treatment, guiding patients, maximizing benefit, and minimizing harm. Dustin Sulak provides health care professionals—including physicians, psychologists, pharmacists, and nurses—with an accessible and evidence-based reference that empowers them to intelligently discuss cannabis with their patients and implement cannabis and cannabinoid therapies with confidence. Based on over a decade of clinical experience and an extensive review of the literature, this detailed and scientifically accurate guide includes the history of cannabis in medicine, the foundations of endocannabinoid physiology, the pharmacological effects of cannabis’ myriad active constituents, the clinical utility of its various preparations, and specific strategies and cautions for treating the most common conditions presenting to a cannabis clinician. This guide is an essential resource for practitioners of any specialty field or experience level who wish to improve their patients’ outcomes, harness the healing potential of the endocannabinoid system, and wield a powerful solution to many of healthcare’s challenges.

Cannabinoids and Pain

Cannabinoids and Pain
Author: Samer N. Narouze
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 339
Release: 2021-07-01
ISBN 10: 3030691861
ISBN 13: 9783030691868
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cannabinoids and Pain Book Review:

This book presents a well-balanced view of the potential medical use of cannabinoids in pain. It comprehensively covers the current challenges with medical cannabis utilization and provides recommendations for research and future directions. Organized into nine sections, the book begins with an introduction to medical cannabis, including its history, regulations, and the general attitudes of pain physicians on cannabis. Section two explores the biological effects of marijuana via the endocannabinoid system and its complex structure of receptors and enzymes. Sections three, four, and five then delve further into pharmacology and the mechanisms of action applicable to cannabinoids in managing pain. Timely and socially conscious, section six examines the benefits of substituting opioids with cannabinoids for preoperative management. Echoing the book's well-rounded content, sections seven and eight consider the challenges with medical cannabis, including safety and quality control, brain development risks, vaping hazards, and withdrawal. The book then closes with a look at the future of cannabis in medical research. Thoroughly and equitably composed, Cannabinoids and Pain is an invaluable resource for primary care physicians, pain and palliative care physicians, and oncologists.

Cannabinoids in Health and Disease

Cannabinoids in Health and Disease
Author: Rosaria Meccariello,Rosanna Chianese
Publsiher: BoD – Books on Demand
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2016-06-15
ISBN 10: 9535124293
ISBN 13: 9789535124290
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cannabinoids in Health and Disease Book Review:

This book provides a comprehensive overview of current knowledge of cannabinoid activity in human physiology and points out the importance of endocannabinoid system for the maintenance of human health and treatment of diseases. Each chapter has been organized with the aim to cover basic concepts in the modulation of endocannabinoid system in both physiological and pathological conditions, thanks to the integration of data from experimental animal models and clinical observations. A special focus has been put on the medical use of cannabinoids and on the targeting of endocannabinoid system as new therapeutic strategy for the prevention and treatment of human diseases. Taken together, this book targets a wide audience of basic and clinical scientists, teachers and students interested in gaining a better understanding in the field of cannabinoids.

Marijuana and the Cannabinoids

Marijuana and the Cannabinoids
Author: Mahmoud A. ElSohly
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 322
Release: 2007-11-15
ISBN 10: 1592599478
ISBN 13: 9781592599479
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Marijuana and the Cannabinoids Book Review:

Although primarily used today as one of the most prevalent illicit leisure drugs, the use of Cannabis sativa L., commonly referred to as marijuana, for medicinal purposes has been reported for more than 5000 years. Marijuana use has been shown to create numerous health problems, and, consequently, the expanding use beyond medical purposes into recreational use (abuse) resulted in control of the drug through international treaties. Much research has been carried out over the past few decades following the identification of the chemical structure of THC in 1964. The purpose of Marijuana and the Cannabinoids is to present in a single volume the comprehensive knowledge and experience of renowned researchers and scientists. Each chapter is written independently by an expert in his/her field of endeavor, ranging from the botany, the constituents, the chemistry and pharmacokinetics, the effects and consequences of illicit use on the human body, to the therapeutic potential of the cannabinoids.

Cannabinoids in Neurologic and Mental Disease

Cannabinoids in Neurologic and Mental Disease
Author: Liana Fattore
Publsiher: Academic Press
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2015-01-23
ISBN 10: 0124171249
ISBN 13: 9780124171244
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cannabinoids in Neurologic and Mental Disease Book Review:

The application of cannabis sativa for the treatment of neurologic and mental disease is expanding. Cannabinoids in Neurologic and Mental Disease collects and presents for the first time recent research involving the use of pharmacological cannabinoids for the treatment of neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory disease. The neurologic application of cannabinoid therapy builds upon psychiatric and psychological use for the treatment of a variety of core mental disorders. This comprehensive reference on the known uses of cannabinoids will be useful for clinical neurologists, neuroscience and clinical neuroscience researchers, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists and the general medical community. A comprehensive reference on the clinical uses of cannabinoids for treating major neurologic and mental diseases Detailed coverage of cannabinoid use for neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative disease including Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease Detailed coverage of cannabinoid use for major psychiatric and psychological diseases and disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, Tourette's syndrome, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Cannabis in Medical Practice

Cannabis in Medical Practice
Author: Mary Lynn Mathre, R.N.
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 247
Release: 2012-11-12
ISBN 10: 0786483903
ISBN 13: 9780786483907
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cannabis in Medical Practice Book Review:

Because marijuana is a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, the therapeutic benefits of cannabis are no longer mentioned in the formal education of health care professionals. Doctors who do learn of the drug’s therapeutic value are often intimidated by its illegal status. Thus millions of patients afflicted with such illnesses as glaucoma, AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders and chronic pain are denied access to information about the drug’s benefits and, in many cases, suffer needlessly. Straightforward and nonpoliticized information on the therapeutic uses of cannabis is provided here by medical, legal and scientific professionals. Legal issues, a worldwide history of therapeutic cannabis and a discussion of its pharmacology are covered. Specific medical uses are then examined, including its application for sufferers of cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, and seizure disorders, and its potential use in psychiatry. Dosages and administration of cannabis are explored, along with considerations on the use of the drug during pregnancy and the risks of addiction and dependency.

The Science of Medical Cannabis

The Science of Medical Cannabis
Author: David S. Younger
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2018-11-14
ISBN 10: 9781536145663
ISBN 13: 1536145661
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Science of Medical Cannabis Book Review:

The cultural, scientific and legislative divide created by vigorous debates over the legalization of medical marijuana is giving way to a new synergy among community stakeholders across the United States. The goal is to improve access to medical marijuana for patients with refractory debilitating neurological disorders, cancer, and chronic pain as an alternative to ineffective pharmacotherapy and potentially addictive pain medications. The ultimate test of our nations resolve to ensure the welfare of our sickest patients is the enactment and implement of effective public health reform in the area of medical marijuana, also known as medical cannabis.This book evolved out of the present need for a definitive volume on the science and public health aspects of medical cannabis to fuel this national narrative. The ethnographic research presented in the concluding chapter was inspired by Professor Miriam W. Boeri and colleagues, at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. They examined views of community stakeholders including medical marijuana dispensary entrepreneurs, health care professionals, and patients in a state that legalized medical marijuana in 2013, yet there continued to be confusion and misunderstandings in the interpretation and implementation of medical marijuana guidelines during the period of policy shifts. Apparent gaps in policy development and implementation signaled the urgency for a comparison study addressing stakeholder views in New York State, where its medical marijuana program has legally dispensed the drug since 2014. The resulting pilot study was carried out in the Division of Health Policy and Management of the City University of New York School of Public Health. The research model incorporated ethnographic and grounded methodologies to detail the views of physicians, pharmacists, educators, patients, and entrepreneur stakeholders; with triangulation of data and application of dominant themes into a socioecological framework model to identify areas of public health policy reform. The findings of this study detail that New York, like other states that recently legalized the dispensation of medical marijuana, faces challenges beyond policy transparency, communication and education explicitly to improve the implementation process for applying and registering medical cannabis dispensaries, referring physicians, and qualified patient recipients.Ken Langone, Chairman of the Board of New York University Langone Health, and Steven Galetta, Chair of Neurology in the School of Medicine, where the authors is senior staff in neuroepidemiology, motivated him to pursue doctoral training in Health Policy and Management. The author has had the good fortune of interacting with thought-provoking medical students, neurology trainees, public health doctoral students, and professors who reinforce the high ethical standards in medical and public health practice and research. However, his patients still educate him in empathy and humanity. The author is grateful to his family, including his spouse Holly and sons Adam and Seth, who serve as his daily compass, encouraging him to take on projects that promote core values of medicine and humanity.

Pot Politics

Pot Politics
Author: Mitch Earleywine
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 382
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 0195188020
ISBN 13: 9780195188028
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pot Politics Book Review:

'Pot Politics' focuses on ethical, religious, economic, psychological, and political arguments for cannabis policies that range from prohibition, to supervised medical use, to unrestricted legalisation.

Principles of Addiction Medicine

Principles of Addiction Medicine
Author: Richard K. Ries,Shannon C. Miller,David A. Fiellin
Publsiher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Total Pages: 1594
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 9780781774772
ISBN 13: 0781774772
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Principles of Addiction Medicine Book Review:

This respected text from the American Society of Addiction Medicine is valuable for all physicians and mental-health personnel who specialize in addiction medicine and who treat patients with addiction disorders. The chapters blend scientific principles underlying addiction with the practical essentials of clinical addiction medicine. Many of the contributors are affiliated with leading government agencies that study addiction and its science, such as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The book will appeal to a wide and interdisciplinary range of professionals, especially those with interest or duties relating to addiction-related disorders, and in particular physicians seeking certification status via either the American Board of Addiction Medicine or the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. A companion Website will offer the fully searchable text.

Cannabinoids and the Brain

Cannabinoids and the Brain
Author: Linda A. Parker
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2018-09-25
ISBN 10: 0262536609
ISBN 13: 9780262536608
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cannabinoids and the Brain Book Review:

A review of the scientific evidence on the effects of cannabinoids on brain and behavioral functioning, with an emphasis on potential therapeutic use. The cannabis plant has been used for recreational and medicinal purposes for more than 4,000 years, but the scientific investigation into its effects has only recently yielded useful results. In this book, Linda Parker offers a review of the scientific evidence on the effects of cannabinoids on brain and behavioral functioning, with an emphasis on potential therapeutic uses. Parker describes the discovery of tetrahydocannbinol (THC), the main psychoactive component of cannabis, and the further discovery of cannabinoid receptors in the brain. She explains that the brain produces chemicals similar to THC, which act on the same receptors as THC, and shows that the endocannabinoid system is involved in all aspects of brain functioning. Parker reports that cannabis contains not only the psychoactive compound THC, but also other compounds of potential therapeutic benefit, and that one of them, cannabidiol (CBD), shows promise for the treatment of pain, anxiety, and epilepsy. Parker reviews the evidence on cannabinoids and anxiety, depression, mood, sleep, schizophrenia, learning and memory, addiction, sex, appetite and obesity, chemotherapy-induced nausea, epilepsy, and such neurodegenerative disorders as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's Disease. Each chapter also links the scientific evidence to historical and anecdotal reports of the medicinal use of cannabis. As debate about the medical use of marijuana continues, Parker's balanced and objective review of the fundamental science and potential therapeutic effects of cannabis is especially timely.

Molecular Considerations and Evolving Surgical Management Issues in the Treatment of Patients with a Brain Tumor

Molecular Considerations and Evolving Surgical Management Issues in the Treatment of Patients with a Brain Tumor
Author: Terry Lichtor
Publsiher: BoD – Books on Demand
Total Pages: 434
Release: 2015-03-25
ISBN 10: 953512031X
ISBN 13: 9789535120315
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Molecular Considerations and Evolving Surgical Management Issues in the Treatment of Patients with a Brain Tumor Book Review:

A dramatic increase in knowledge regarding the molecular biology of brain tumors has been established over the past few years. In particular, recent new avenues regarding the role of microRNAs along with further understanding of the importance of angiogenesis, immunotherapy and explanations for the resistance of the tumors to radiation therapy have been developed. A discussion of certain surgical management issues including improvements in imaging along with issues concerning tumor induced epilepsy is included. It is hopeful that this new information will lead to efficacious treatment strategies for these tumors which remain a challenge. In this book, a review of the latest information on these topics along with a variety of new therapeutic treatment strategies with an emphasis on molecular targeted therapies is provided.

Handbook of Cannabis and Related Pathologies

Handbook of Cannabis and Related Pathologies
Author: Victor R. Preedy
Publsiher: Academic Press
Total Pages: 1170
Release: 2016-12-31
ISBN 10: 012800827X
ISBN 13: 9780128008270
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Cannabis and Related Pathologies Book Review:

Handbook of Cannabis and Related Pathologies: Biology, Pharmacology, Diagnosis, and Treatment is the first book to take an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of cannabis use and misuse. Recent worldwide trends toward decriminalizing marijuana for medical use have increased legal use of the drug and recreational use remains high, making cannabis one of the most commonly used drugs. Cannabis has a wide range of adverse neurological effects, and use and abuse can lead to physical, social, and psychopathological issues that are multifarious and complex. Effective understanding and treatment requires knowledge of the drug’s effects from across scientific disciplines. This book provides an overview of the biological and pharmacological components of the cannabis plant, outlines its neurological, social, and psychopathological effects, assists in the diagnosis and screening for use and dependency, and aids researchers in developing effective treatments for cannabis-related issues and disorders. Fully illustrated, with contributions from internationally recognized experts, it is the go-to resource for neuroscientists, pharmacologists, pathologists, public-health workers, and any other researcher who needs an in-depth and cross-disciplinary understanding of cannabis and its effects. Comprehensive chapters include an abstract, key facts, mini dictionary of terms, and summary points Presents illustrations with at least six figures, tables, and diagrams per chapter Provides a one-stop-shopping synopsis of everything to do with cannabis and its related pathology, from chemicals and cells, individuals and communities, and diagnosis and treatment Offers an integrated and informed synopsis of the complex issues surrounding cannabis as a substance, its use, and its misuse

Understanding Marijuana

Understanding Marijuana
Author: Mitch Earleywine
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2002-08-15
ISBN 10: 9780199881437
ISBN 13: 019988143X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding Marijuana Book Review:

Marijuana is the world's most popular illicit drug, with hundreds of millions of regular users worldwide. One in three Americans has smoked pot at least once. The Drug Enforcement Agency estimates that Americans smoke five million pounds of marijuana each year. And yet marijuana remains largely misunderstood by both its advocates and its detractors. To some, marijuana is an insidious "stepping-stone" drug, enticing the inexperienced and paving the way to the inevitable abuse of harder drugs. To others, medical marijuana is an organic means of easing the discomfort or stimulating the appetite of the gravely ill. Others still view marijuana, like alcohol, as a largely harmless indulgence, dangerous only when used immoderately. All sides of the debate have appropriated the scientific evidence on marijuana to satisfy their claims. What then are we to make of these conflicting portrayals of a drug with historical origins dating back to 8,000 B.C.? Understanding Marijuana examines the biological, psychological, and societal impact of this controversial substance. What are the effects, for mind and body, of long-term use? Are smokers of marijuana more likely than non-users to abuse cocaine and heroine? What effect has the increasing potency of marijuana in recent years had on users and on use? Does our current legal policy toward marijuana make sense? Earleywine separates science from opinion to show how marijuana defies easy dichotomies. Tracing the medical and political debates surrounding marijuana in a balanced, objective fashion, this book will be the definitive primer on our most controversial and widely used illicit substance.