Cannabis Use and Dependence: Public Health and Public Policy

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 28, 2003 - Medical - 298 pages
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This book explores the relationship between health policy, public health and the law regarding cannabis use. It assesses the impact of illegality in drug use and relates this to contemporary policy analysis in the US, Europe and Australia and other developed societies. Current debates about 'safe use' and 'harm minimization' approaches are evaluated, as well as the experiences of different prevention, treatmen t and education policies. Written by two leading drug advisors Cannabis Use makes a valuable addition to this important field of research.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Cannabis the drug
13
The acute effects of cannabis
38
The cellular immunological and reproductive effects of chronic
46
The cardiovascular respiratory and gastrointestinal effects
60
Cannabis dependence
70
The effects of cannabis use on cognitive functioning
79
Cannabis use and psychotic disorders
87
The benefits of cannabis use
142
The impact of prohibition on cannabis use
159
The monetary cost of enforcing prohibition
165
Other costs of cannabis prohibition
176
Variations on prohibition
187
Cannabis as a legal substance
195
Summing up
213
Appendix 1
227

Is cannabis a gateway drug?
104
Adolescent psychosocial outcomes
115
Comparing the health effects of cannabis with alcohol and tobacco
130
Appendix 2
236
Index
289
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