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Marijuana and Madness - David Castle

Marijuana and Madness

By: David Castle (Editor), Robin M. Murray (Editor), Deepak Cyril D'Souza (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 27th October 2011
ISBN: 9781107000216
Number Of Pages: 252

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This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the psychiatry and neuroscience of Cannabis sativa (marijuana), with particular emphasis on psychotic disorders. It outlines the very latest developments in our understanding of the human cannabinoid system, and links this knowledge to clinical and epidemiological facts about the impact of cannabis on mental health. Clinically focused chapters review not only the direct psychomimetic properties of cannabis, but also the impact consumption has on the courses of evolving or established mental illness such as schizophrenia. A number of controversial issues are critically explored, including whether a discrete 'cannabis psychosis' exists, and whether cannabis can actually cause schizophrenia. Effects of cannabis on mood, notably depression, are reviewed, as are its effects on cognition. This book will be of interest to all members of the mental health team, as well as to neuroscientists and those involved in drug and alcohol

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'The editors and publishers of this book have responded to a need for clear, research-based information on a topic of great current concern. They have done an excellent job.' American Journal of Psychiatry
'The chapters are compact but filled with quality research and sophisticated, in-depth analysis. The authors do not oversimplify or overemphasize the evidence. We congratulate them on their accomplishment and recommend this book enthusiastically for all clinicians and researchers interested in substance related issues.' Journal of the American Medical Association
'... provides an excellent and unparalleled overview of current evidence-based thinking about cannabis and psychotic disorders, and should be read by anyone involved in clinical practice or research with people who suffer serious mental illness and also use cannabis. And let's face it that is probably most of us.' Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
'For colleagues in the mental health field, and in particular for those specializing in addictions, this text can serve as an up-to-date and comprehensive reference. Moreover, before moving ahead on marijuana-related legislation, any governor, lawmaker, or physician with 'medicinal' inclinations - as well as the general public - would be well-advised to become familiar with the contents of this book.' Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
"This is a must-have reference for anyone interested or involved in cannabinoid research, clinical treatment of patients with addictions, or public health policy in the area of marijuana ... 4 stars!" Doody's Review Services
"For colleagues in the mental health field, and in particular those specializing in addictions, this text can serve as an up-to-date and comprehensive reference. Moreover, before moving ahead on marijuana-related legislation, any governor, lawmaker, or physician with 'medicinal' inclinations - as well as the general public - would be well-advised to become familiar with the contents of this book." Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Foreword
Preface
Pharmacology of Cannabis and the Endocannabinoid System
The cannabinoid system from the point of view of a chemist
The function of the endocannabinoid system
How cannabis works in the brain
The Changing Face of Cannabis
The epidemiology of cannabis use: an international perspective
Is cannabis becoming more potent? Mahmoud ElSohly
Health policy and cannabis
Cannabis and the Brain
Cannabis, endocannabinoids and neurodevelopment
The impact of pubertal exposure to cannabis on the brain: a focus on animal studies
Cannabis and cognition: short and long-term effects
Does cannabis cause lasting brain damage?
Cannabis, Anxiety and Mood
Acute and subacute psychiatric effects of cannabis
The association between cannabis use and depression
Cannabis and bipolar disorder Carol Silberberg
Cannabis and Psychosis
Cannabis and psychosis proneness
Genetic factors that moderate the psychomimetic effects of cannabis
Cannabis causes positive, negative, cognitive symptoms and produces impairments in electrophysiological indices of information processing
The neural basis for the acute effects of cannabis on learning and psychosis
Cannabinoids and Schizophrenia: Aetiopathology and Treatment Implications
Does cannabis cause schizophrenia?
Postmortem studies of the brain cannabinoid system in schizophrenia
The endogenous cannabinoid system in schizophrenia
The endocannabinoid system as a target for pharmacotherapy of schizophrenia
Cannabis and its Impact on Schizophrenia
Acute effects of cannabis in established schizophrenia
Cannabis and the long-term course of schizophrenia
Motives that maintain cannabis use in schizophrenia
Treatment interventions for cannabis abuse in people with psychosis
Integration
Cannabis and mental illness: an integration
Index
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ISBN: 9781107000216
ISBN-10: 1107000211
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 27th October 2011
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 19.68  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.74
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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