Marijuana's Impact on Thought and Memory 5. Marijuana's Health Effects 8. Amotivational Syndrome, Reckless Driving, and Aggression Law and Policy Treatment for Marijuana Problems Mitch Earleywine , Ph.
He has received nine teaching awards for his courses on drugs and human behavior and is a leading researcher in psychology and addictions. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.
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Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Related articles in Google Scholar. Quite frankly, after reading this one can only call marijuana prohibition not just a terrible, terrible public policy, but quite possibly an evil one as well. Prohibition makes absolutely no sense, destroys lives, increases crime, denies relief to those who are sick and in pain, and benefits only those with a pathological need to impose thei A rather exhausting examination of all the scientific information on marijuana in all its details; from biochemical, physiological effects to public policy.
Prohibition makes absolutely no sense, destroys lives, increases crime, denies relief to those who are sick and in pain, and benefits only those with a pathological need to impose their moral values on others or make their career in law-enforcement. In short, the only rational opinion is that prohibition is not just stupid, it's evil and those who support prohibition are either one, the other, or both. Dec 07, Alexis rated it liked it Shelves: Seriously, I hadn't noticed that I was reading a ton of books about drugs, but after it was pointed out to me, I decided to embrace it.
Anyway, I picked up this one because it was listed in "The Chemical Carousel. Some sections of this book are quite interesting and some of the myths about marijuana are completely false. Very few people who use it go on to try other drugs. One third of Americans have tried it. There's one particular side effect that has occurred with one strain of cannabis that causes men to believe that their penis has retracted into their bodies.
Marijuana research is not considered sexy, which means that research on the medicinal uses have not been conducted. Research on long term effects has not been conducted, as there are many legal and ethical issues around researching marijuana. Some parts of this book were really interesting, like the bits on perception, social effects, history of medicinal, recreational use and spiritual use, but other parts were just listing of studies, which got kind of repetitive and dull.
The author does a really good job of summing up the main points of each chapter. I admit to skimming one or two chapters, because I didn't find them that interesting. The US drug law chapter was one I skimmed. US drug laws and tests are really weird to me. Basically, this book just reinforced the idea that we know very little about this drug, which is the world's most popular illicit drug, and the most commonly consumed drug after caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.
I now feel that I understand my neighbourhood better. Seriously, there are days when you can get a contact high just walking around my hood in summertime. Cannabis is a highly-misunderstood plant. I had no idea.
What an enlightening book. After reading this book, I fully support regulated medical cannabis for those with pain or other medical conditions.
It is without doubt a very useful herb for medicine and many many other uses. It is a shame how Kafka-esque its regulation has become. Truly shameful and wasteful and I am ashamed of our nation's track record on this account.
Dec 10, David rated it it was amazing. A New Look at the Scientific Evidence. The book reads like a very well-structured thesis, and is supported by a plethora of research. Earleywine has clearly done his work for this one. Research in each of these domains reveals that these concerns are unfounded. Evidence for a marijuana-induced amotivational syndrome is lacking. A subset of depressed users may have inspired a few case studies that report apathy, indifference, and dysphoria, but cannabis likely does not cause these symptoms.
The drug does not correlate with grades in college students. High school students who use marijuana have lower grades, but their poor school performance occurred prior to their consumption of cannabis. Cannabis users do not show worse performance on the job, more frequent unemployment, or lower wages.
In addition, long-term exposure to cannabis in the laboratory fails to show any meaningful or consistent impact on productivity. Earleywine does a sufficient job of presenting his data without personal bias. There are many sections in which he presents both the pro- and anti-prohibitionist viewpoints.
While reading this book, I thought about a lot of the people I know who desperately need an update on the current studies on cannabis. These people include college students, family members, co-workers, users and non-users. Everyone could benefit by reading a chapter or two.
While the book does an excellent job of presenting information accurately, it may be tough reading for those with little interest in the subject. Jan 22, Dan rated it liked it Shelves: This reads like a text book, so don't expect to be entertained. But it does have a wealth of information and is presented by an expert in the field that appears to be fair minded about the subject. He has received ten teaching awards for his courses on drugs and human behavior and is a leading researcher in psychology and addictions.
The co This reads like a text book, so don't expect to be entertained. The complete "Conclusions" section for the chapter "Marijuana's Health Effects", p. Marijuana does not appear to have a toxic dose. The drug can exacerbate symptoms of some mental illnesses, particularly psychotic disorders like schizophrenia. Yet it does not appear to cause these mental health problems. Cannabis's impact on brain structure is minimal. Nevertheless, sensitive measures of brain function reveal subtle changes associates with years of regular use.
Respiratory symptoms like bronchitis and wheezing appear more often in chronic cannabis users; they also show changes in bronchial cells comparable to those seen in early stages of lung cancer. High doses of cannabinoids can alter sperm production and reproductive hormones, but these effects are temporary.
The impact of THC and cannabis smoke on immune function may require further investigation, but data have yet to show that smoking marijuana increases the rates of infectious disease.