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The Science of Marijuana$
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Leslie Iversen

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190846848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190846848.001.0001

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Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

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(p.219) Chapter 8 Where Are We and Where Are We Going?
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The Science of Marijuana
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Leslie Iversen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190846848.003.0008

Cannabis research is flourishing despite the difficulties that scientists have in accessing high-quality cannabis. However, many questions remain: Can new medicines be discovered and developed based on the current knowledge of the biosynthesis, actions, and inactivation of endocannabinoids? Can genetic screening identify people who are particularly susceptible to cannabis use disorder and possibly to psychosis? Can researchers pinpoint in more detail how endocannabinoids modulate neural activity and how they change on exposure to stress? Scientific research will tackle all these questions and more in the coming decades. This chapter presents a broad view of the case for medical cannabis, along with some cautions. The case for the legalization of cannabis as a recreational drug is also presented.

Keywords:   legalization, medical cannabis, cannabis research, marijuana, recreational marijuana

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