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Cannabis Use and Dependence
Public Health and Public Policy


  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521804684

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  • The use of cannabis in the late twentieth and this century is an area of medical and moral controversy. Despite its illegality, cannabis is the most widely used drug after alcohol and tobacco among young adults in the USA, Europe and Australia. 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 policy analysis in Australia, the UK, the US and other developed societies. It evaluates debates about 'safe use' and 'harm minimisation' approaches, as well as examining the experiences of different prevention, treatment and education policies. Written by two leading drug advisors Cannabis Use and Dependence makes a valuable addition to this important field of research.

    • Combines the best research in the physiological, social and economic policy fields
    • This is an internationally comparative book that looks across a wide range of cannabis policies and examines their efficacy
    • Both authors are leading drug advisers in their respective countries
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    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521804684
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures and tables
    Foreword Peter Reuter
    1. Introduction
    Section 1. Cannabis the Drug and How it is Used:
    2. Cannabis the drug
    3. Patterns of use
    Section 2. The Health Effects of Cannabis:
    4. The acute effects of cannabis
    5. The cellular, immunological and reproductive effects of chronic cannabis use
    6. The cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal effects of chronic cannabis use
    Section 3. The Psychological Effects of Chronic Cannabis Use:
    7. Cannabis dependence
    8. The effects of cannabis use on cognitive functioning
    9. Cannabis use and psychotic disorders
    Section 4. Effects on Adolescent Development:
    10. Is cannabis a gateway drug?
    11. Adolescent psychosocial outcomes
    Section 5. Harms and Benefits of Cannabis Use:
    12. Comparing the health effects of cannabis with alcohol and tobacco
    13. The benefits of cannabis use
    Section 6. The Effectiveness and Costs of Cannabis Prohibition:
    14. The impact of prohibition on cannabis use
    15. The monetary cost of enforcing prohibition
    16. Other costs of cannabis prohibition
    Section 7. Policy Alternatives:
    17. Variations on prohibition
    18. Cannabis as a legal substance
    19. Summing up

  • Authors

    Wayne Hall, University of Queensland

    Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, RAND Corporation, California

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