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Cannabinoids and the Brain$
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Linda A. Parker

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035798

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035798.001.0001

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Cannabinoids and Psychosis

Cannabinoids and Psychosis

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Cannabinoids and the Brain

Linda A. Parker

The MIT Press

Clearly the majority of people who use marijuana do not develop schizophrenia. Yet, the human literature suggests that there is a modest association between cannabis exposure (particularly in adolescence) and later development of schizophrenia--whether or not this association is causal is hotly debated. This chapter reviews some of the evidence for and against such a causal relationship. The chapter concludes with the suggestion that individuals with a family history of schizophrenia, with prodromal symptoms, or who have experienced discreet episodes of psychosis related to cannabis use, may be best served not using THC-predominant marijuana.

Keywords:   Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Adolescence, THC, CBD

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