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.
Marijuana: The Myths Are Hazardous to Your Health
As early as the 1930s, lawmakers began heeding fear about social harm instead of their own research reports on marijuana. An Oxford University psychopharmacologist, advisor to the British House of Lords on drug legislation, considers what science can tell us about medical and recreational use of the weed. Both legalizers and regulators may bristle at his controversial recommendations, but many scientists will cheer.