- What's likely to happen, both good and bad, if the US legalizes marijuana?- What are some simple, science-based rules to separate fact from fiction and to help guide policy in the highly contentious marijuana debate?- Exactly what is cannabis doing in the brain that gets us high? A journey through THC neuroscience- Does cannabis really have medical benefits - what's the evidence?- To what extent does cannabis impair driving?- Can smoking marijuana in adolescence affect IQ or risk for developing schizophrenia?- Is marijuana safe to use during pregnancy?
- Reviews the endocannabinoid system and why our bodies are full of "weed receptors"- Introduces readers to the various forms of marijuana: flower, dabs, hash, edibles, shatter, vapes, tinctures, oils and synthetics, THC, CBD and terpenes.- Demonstrates how and why cannabis affects different people very differently. Discusses how MRI and PET scans can help show the effects of marijuana on the brain.- Discusses long-term effects of adolescent and adult cannabis use.- Examines the evidence for cannabis's role in increasing the risk for schizophrenia-like illnesses.
how the author became acquainted with cannabis 2. Good Science and Bad Science
how science helps us think about contentious social issues 3. Holi
what an ancient Hindu festival can teach us about safe marijuana use 4. Archaeology and Ethnobotany
the long historical relationship humans have with cannabis 5. Neuroscience
the endocannabinoid system, how it evolved and what it does 6. Psychology + Human Behavior
what is it like to be stoned and what goes on in our brains when we are? 7. Epidemiology
what can population studies tell us about cannabis risks? 8. Toxicology
cannabis' side effects and how they occur. Synthetic cannabinoids 9. Chemical Analysis and Extraction
the eternal quest for a higher high 10. Medical Marijuana and Clinical Trials
what's the evidence for marijuana as a medicine? 11. Economic/Business -who stands to gain and to lose, if cannabis is legalized in the US? 12. Summary/Conclusion
harm reduction; lessons from ending alcohol prohibition and from what's going on in Canada
Godfrey Pearlson, award-winning physician and researcher, completed his medical degree at Newcastle University in the UK and a graduate philosophy degree at Columbia University in NYC. He trained in psychiatry and was subsequently a psychiatry professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Yale University and directs a brain research center at the Institute of Living in Connecticut. He has published over 700 peer-reviewed scientific articles and his marijuana research is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. Dr. Pearlson is an expert in the fields of marijuana and of psychosis. He believes that any political platforms regarding cannabis should be based on scientific facts rather than emotion.