Cannabis and sports doping: Teach our youth to beware of this trap!

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Authors: Donald E Greydanus, Dilip R Patel, and Joav Merrick
Page Range: 3-5
Published in: International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, 16#1 (2023)
ISSN: 1939-5930

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ABSTRACT

In this journal issue, various aspects of substance use disorders are considered including the use of cannabis smoking by our youth. Indeed various drugs are available for inhalation in society and these are taken for the effects of euphoria; these chemicals include crack cocaine, heroin, nitrites (amyl and butyl), methamphetamine, and cannabis (1). Cannabis (marijuana, pot) has been a well-known chemical for human beings for thousands of years, though concern for its adverse effects have only been an issue for clinicians over the 20th and now 21st centuries (2, 3). Research on cannabis was stimulated with the isolation of its psychoactive chemical, THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) in the 1960s and cannabis study was also augmented by 1980s work on the endocannabinoid system; this included understanding of the cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) as well as the major endogenous cannabinoids (2-arachidonoyl glycerol and anandamide) (1-3).

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