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Cannabis Pharmacology

Mitch Earleywine

in Understanding Marijuana

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780195138931
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893270 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195138931.003.0006
Cannabis Pharmacology

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Understanding marijuana's impact on biological systems requires a description of its active components. This chapter begins by identifying the mind-altering molecules in marijuana, the substances that contain these chemicals, and their respective potencies. It then discusses the way these substances enter the body, metabolize, and reach their sites of action. The remainder of the chapter focuses on the receptors that respond to these cannabinoids and the natural substances in the body that work at these same sites.

Keywords: marijuana use; cannabinoids; drug effects; receptors; delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol

Chapter.  7279 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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