The trend toward liberalizing medical and recreational marijuana use is increasing the obligation on clinicians to provide useful information to the public. This book summarizes the science all healthcare professionals need to know in order to provide objective and relevant information to a variety of patients, from recreational and medicinal users to those who use regularly, and to adolescents and worried parents. The author brings two and a half decades of studying cannabinoid research, and over forty years' experience in psychiatric and addiction medicine practice, to shed light on the interaction between marijuana and the brain. Topics range from how marijuana produces pleasurable sensations, relaxation and novelty (the 'high'), to emerging medical uses, effects of regular use, addiction, and policy. Principles of motivational interviewing are outlined to help clinicians engage patients in meaningful, non-judgmental conversations about their experiences with marijuana. An invaluable guide for physicians, nurses, psychologists, therapists, and counsellors.
Presents the most recent neuroscience needed to help people make better-informed personal and policy decisions about marijuana, based on solid scientific evidence
Discusses possible pros of marijuana, such as medicinal use, as well as cons, such as potential repercussions of regular use, unique risks of adolescent use, and the reality of addiction
Provides insights into the rationale for marijuana policy reform, drawing upon public health principles and the role of the brain's natural cannabinoid system
Illustrates how to integrate the latest scientific information about marijuana into effective communication with a variety of patients