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Mind-Altering DrugsThe Science of Subjective Experience$
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Mitch Earleywine

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165319

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165319.001.0001

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Attending to Subjective Effects to Improve Drug Safety

(p.240) 9 Cannabis
Mind-Altering Drugs

Mitch Earleywine

Oxford University Press

No one has clearly delineated the subjective effects of cannabis. The plant contains numerous psychoactive substances. Variation across plants is extremely dramatic, making generalizations about effects difficult. This chapter summarizes previous descriptions of cannabis's subjective effects and proposes a taxonomy of effects that might help distinguish among plants, predict use, and increase drug safety. It argues that attending to cannabis effects and cultivating a vocabulary for describing them will, in the end, help users to appreciate smaller doses and lead to increased safety.

Keywords:   marijuana use, drug use, subjective effects

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