In this Book

summary
The cannabis plant has been used for recreational and medicinal purposes for more than 4,000 years, but the scientific investigation into its effects has only recently yielded useful results. In this book, Linda Parker offers a review of the scientific evidence on the effects of cannabinoids on brain and behavioral functioning, with an emphasis on potential therapeutic uses. Parker describes the discovery of tetrahydocannbinol (THC), the main psychoactive component of cannabis, and the further discovery of cannabinoid receptors in the brain. She explains that the brain produces chemicals similar to THC, which act on the same receptors as THC, and shows that the endocannabinoid system is involved in all aspects of brain functioning. Parker reports that cannabis contains not only the psychoactive compound THC, but also other compounds of potential therapeutic benefit, and that one of them, cannabidiol (CBD), shows promise for the treatment of pain, anxiety, and epilepsy. Parker reviews the evidence on cannabinoids and anxiety, depression, mood, sleep, schizophrenia, learning and memory, addiction, sex, appetite and obesity, chemotherapy-induced nausea, epilepsy, and such neurodegenerative disorders as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's Disease. Each chapter also links the scientific evidence to historical and anecdotal reports of the medicinal use of cannabis. As debate about the medical use of marijuana continues, Parker's balanced and objective review of the fundamental science and potential therapeutic effects of cannabis is especially timely.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 1. An Introduction to Cannabis
  2. pp. 1-18
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2. The Endocannabinoid System
  2. pp. 19-34
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3. Cannabinoids and Emotional Regulation
  2. pp. 35-54
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 4. Cannabinoids and Psychosis
  2. pp. 55-66
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5. Cannabinoids, Learning, and Memory
  2. pp. 67-78
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 6. Cannabinoids, Reward, and Addiction
  2. pp. 79-96
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 7. Cannabinoids, Body Weight, Feeding, and Appetite
  2. pp. 97-106
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 8. Cannabinoids and Nausea
  2. pp. 107-122
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 9. Cannabinoids and Pain
  2. pp. 123-138
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 10. Cannabinoids and Epilepsy
  2. pp. 139-148
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 11. Cannabinoids and Neurodegenerative Disorders
  2. pp. 149-162
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 12. Where Do We Go from Here?
  2. pp. 163-176
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. References
  2. pp. 177-232
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 233-237
  3. restricted access Download |

Additional Information

ISBN
9780262338448
Related ISBN
9780262035798
MARC Record
OCLC
968243593
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2017-02-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.