Appraising the Risks of Reefer Madness
Studies that have tied cannabis use to schizophrenia in the developing brain are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to marijuana. Our author, a noted British psychiatrist, offers a European perspective on issues such as the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, dependence and cognitive impairment, and the implications of legalization.
Getting High on the Endocannabinoid System
The endogenous cannabinoid system—named for the plant that led to its discovery—is one of the most important physiologic systems involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body and brain and interact with our organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. By understanding this system, we begin to see a mechanism that could connect brain activity and states of physical health and disease.