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Understanding Marijuana

Mitch Earleywine

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780195138931
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893270 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195138931.001.0001
Understanding Marijuana

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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 in order 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 bc? This book 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?

Keywords: marijuana; illicit drugs; pot; Drug Enforcement Agency; drug abuse; addiction

Book.  341 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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Cannabis Use and Misuse in Understanding Marijuana

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Subjective Effects in Understanding Marijuana

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Cannabis Pharmacology in Understanding Marijuana

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Marijuana’s Health Effects in Understanding Marijuana

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Medical Marijuana in Understanding Marijuana

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Social Problems in Understanding Marijuana

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