• Marc A. Schuckit
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


Cannabis, or marijuana, is among the most widely used of the drugs described in this text. The health-care problems involved with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC; the key active ingredient in marijuana and in hashish) include alterations in mood, toxicity for the lungs, and impaired driving abilities with subsequent accidents. Because, as a healthcare provider, you will be called on to give information about this drug to worried parents and to teenagers attempting to make decisions about future use, this chapter presents information on the history, the physiology, and the medical effects of the cannabinols.


Biological Psychiatry Cannabis Abuse Cannabis Dependence Middle Cerebral Artery Velocity Chronic Marijuana 


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  • Marc A. Schuckit
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  1. 1.University of California Medical School and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare SystemSan DiegoUSA

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