Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence [NOOK Book]

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Marijuana is the world's most popular illicit drug, with hundreds of millions of regular users worldwide. One in three Americans has smoked pot at least once. The Drug Enforcement Agency estimates that Americans smoke five million pounds of marijuana each year. And yet marijuana remains largely misunderstood by both its advocates and its detractors.
To some, marijuana is an insidious "stepping-stone" drug, enticing the inexperienced and paving the way to the inevitable abuse of ...
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Overview

Marijuana is the world's most popular illicit drug, with hundreds of millions of regular users worldwide. One in three Americans has smoked pot at least once. The Drug Enforcement Agency estimates that Americans smoke five million pounds of marijuana each year. And yet marijuana remains largely misunderstood by both its advocates and its detractors.
To some, marijuana is an insidious "stepping-stone" drug, enticing the inexperienced and paving the way to the inevitable abuse of harder drugs. To others, medical marijuana is an organic means of easing the discomfort or stimulating the appetite of the gravely ill. Others still view marijuana, like alcohol, as a largely harmless indulgence, dangerous only when used immoderately. All sides of the debate have appropriated the scientific evidence on marijuana to satisfy their claims. What then are we to make of these conflicting portrayals of a drug with historical origins dating back to 8,000 B.C.?
Understanding Marijuana examines the biological, psychological, and societal impact of this controversial substance. What are the effects, for mind and body, of long-term use? Are smokers of marijuana more likely than non-users to abuse cocaine and heroine? What effect has the increasing potency of marijuana in recent years had on users and on use? Does our current legal policy toward marijuana make sense? Earleywine separates science from opinion to show how marijuana defies easy dichotomies. Tracing the medical and political debates surrounding marijuana in a balanced, objective fashion, this book will be the definitive primer on our most controversial and widely used illicit substance.
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"a well-balanced, up-to-date, non-specialist book that should appeal to a wide audience."—Nature

"a valuable and instructive resource for anyone interested in cannabis and/or the reform of marijuana laws. The book achieves its objective of providing a balanced of and definitive primer on the most widely used illicit substance in the United States...[and] convincingly debunks many widely held myths."—Jon Gettman, High Times

"Earleywine ... has contributed a well-balanced, up-to-date, and scholarly overview of this controversial and illegal controlled substance ... and the scientific evidence of its biological, psychological, and societal impacts. ... Earleywine's highly readable book clears up some common marijuana myths and helps readers to better evaluate and understand the current cannabis debate. This volume will be a welcome addition to college and university libraries."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199881437
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/15/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 379,872
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Clinical Science and Director of Clinical Training in Psychology at the University of Southern California. He has received nine teaching awards for his courses on drugs and human behavior and is a leading researcher in psychology and addictions. He is Associate Editor of The Behavior Therapist.

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Table of Contents

1. Highlights in the History of Cannabis
2. Cannabis Use and Misuse
3. Stepping Stones, Gateways, and the Prevention of Drug Problems
4. Marijuana's Impact on Thought and Memory
5. Subjective Effects
6. Cannabis Pharmacology
7. Marijuana's Health Effects
8. Medical Marijuana
9. Social Problems: Amotivational Syndrome, Reckless Driving, and Aggression
10. Law and Policy
11. Treatment for Marijuana Problems
12. Final Thoughts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2003

    An outstanding piece of work.

    This is a must read for anyone who has an opinion on marijuana, for or against. This book is so good, that even though it's purpose is to educate about marijuana, people who have no opinion on the matter will still enjoy it, I guarantee it. The amount of studies and tests included are mind blowing. Also, the FACTS that you'll learn, instead of lies and myths, are good information for anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2003

    Easy Reading on a Complex Topic

    Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune mentioned Earleywine's book. A bunch of people at my bookstore were checking it out and I didn't really expect to read it but I got sucked in. Once you get started it just starts making you think. He explains things really well. There are a lot of negatives to this drug that appear in the book that I think other reviewers neglected. He says clearly that some people show symptoms of dependence. He also makes it very clear that people can't learn things when they are high. Although there is no link to bad driving and violence and crime, I think that these other problems are still too scary to make this drug as available as alcohol or cigarettes. You can definitely draw your own conclusions from the information in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    A Surprise

    I started this book extremely skeptically. I am not a user and do not feel that this drug should be condoned. I did find that many of the things I had been taught in school were wrong. It was hard to find out that a lot of the stuff like amotivation and gateway theory are wrong. I went over those sections again and again and couldn't believe the author's proof, so I went and found the original studies. He was right! I still don't think that this drug should be legal, but it's obviously not the "evil weed" I thought it was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2002

    great buy

    Great Book! As Earleywine's student at SC, I learned so much from reading this book. It's written clearly and is easy to understand. This book is a must have if you have any interest in the subject!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2002

    Understanding Marijuana

    If you're looking for a book to help you on your quest for Understandin Marijuana, this is the book for you. Earleywine presents the facts of marijuana in an unbiased, scientific, yet still very interesting manner. The book outlines the effects of marijuana and presents the major current debates on the subject including marijuana as a stepping stone and medical cannabis. Altogether a very interesting read that presents real facts about the subject. If you're going to read any book on the subject, I'd start here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2002

    must have!

    Earlywine gives us an easy read touching on many characteristics of marijuana in which people seem to overlook. You get the history, pros, cons, experiments, myths, and the undiscovered. Buy this title if you are at all interested in the real truth about this plant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2002

    Hear what many will not tell

    Understanding Marijuana is an important contribution to shedding light on the truths of America's most popular illicit drug--WEED. Earleywine does a fantastic job in making this book informative, interesting, and easy. This should be required reading for every parent raising a teenager. If you want to understand the issues concerning marijuana and its position in society--BUY THIS BOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2002

    Excellent book...blows away the government propaganda

    This book does a great job explaining all aspects of marijuana and its place in society. Dr Earleywine communicates clearly the evidence regarding such topics as: subjective effects, the "gateway" theory, cognitive and physical changes, and chronic effects of marijuana use, as well as an interesting chapter about possible medical uses for marijuana. If you like to argue with your buddies at the DEA about American drug policy, this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2002

    weed is interesting.

    If one has a general interest in marijuana then this is a great book because it talks about pot history and goes through many recent scientific experiments done on the drug and the results. It's also an easy read.

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