Cannabis: Current concepts and conundrums

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Authors: Donald E Greydanus and Maria Demma Cabral
Page Range: 53-82
Published in: International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, 16#1 (2023)
ISSN: 1939-5930

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ABSTRACT

Marijuana (cannabis) remains a controversial drug in the 21st century. This discussion considers current research on use of cannabis sativa and its constituents such as the phytocannabinoids. Topics reviewed include prevalence of cannabis use, other drugs consumed with pot, the endocannabinoid system, use of medicinal marijuana, medical adverse effects of cannabis, and psychiatric adverse effects of cannabis use. Treatment of cannabis use disorders and withdrawal is difficult and remains mainly based on psychological therapy; current research on pharmacologic management of problems related to cannabis consumption is also considered. The potential role of specific canna-binoids for medical benefit will be further clarified as the 21st century matures. However, potential dangerous adverse effects from smoking marijuana are well known and should be clearly taught to a public often confused by a media-driven false message and promise of benign pot consumption. Caveat emptor!

Keywords: Children. Adolescents, marijuana, cannabis, abuse disorders, public health

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