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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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Where Do We Go from Here?

Where Do We Go from Here?

(p.163) 12 Where Do We Go from Here?
Cannabinoids and the Brain

Linda A. Parker

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In the final chapter, areas of future research in gaining a better understanding the functions of the endocannabinoid system and the effects of cannabis on this system are envisioned. It is critical to investigate the effects produced by various strains of marijuana with different ratios of THC:CBD and other cannabinoids. As well, little is understood about the interaction between marijuana and other drugs, in particular alcohol. Cannabinoid designer drugs, for example Spice, are discussed. Some of the difficulties in conducting valid and reliable human clinical research with marijuana are discussed. A special case is made for palliative care. Finally, risks and benefits of marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational purposes are discussed.

Keywords:   Risks/benefits, Strain effects, Palliative care, Cannabinoid designer drugs, Spice, Prenatal effects, Respiratory disorders, Driving

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