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Mental Health Information
August 2016 - Vol. 20 Issue 9
Published by athealth.com

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CONTENTS:

  1. What Is Marijuana?
  2. How Does Marijuana Produce Its Effects?
  3. Is Marijuana A Gateway Drug?
  4. Is Marijuana Addictive?
  5. Is There A Link Between Marijuana Use And Psychiatric Disorders?
  6. Study Questions Role For Marijuana In Teen Users’ IQ Decline
  7. What Is The Scope Of Marijuana Use In The United States?
  8. What Are Marijuana's Long-Term Effects On The Brain?
  9. Marijuana Report Series - Full Report
  10. Why Not Pot? A Review of the Brain-based Risks of Cannabis

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1.  What Is Marijuana?
The main psychoactive (mind-altering) chemical in marijuana, responsible for most of the intoxicating effects sought by recreational users, is delta-9-tetrahydro-cannabinol (THC).  Learn more...
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2.  How Does Marijuana Produce Its Effects?
Cannabinoid chemicals affect brain areas that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, movement, coordination, and sensory and time perception.   Learn more...
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3. Is Marijuana A Gateway Drug?
Some research suggests that marijuana use is likely to precede use of other licit and illicit substances and the development of addiction to other substances. Learn more...
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4. Is Marijuana Addictive?
Recent data suggest that 30 percent of marijuana users may have some degree of marijuana use disorder, which when severe is considered an addiction. Learn more...
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5. Is There A Link Between Marijuana Use And Psychiatric Disorders?
Several studies have linked marijuana use to increased risk for psychiatric disorders, but whether and to what extent it actually causes these conditions is not always easy to determine. Learn more...
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6. Study Questions Role For Marijuana In Teen Users’ IQ Decline
Even if further research discloses no direct link between marijuana and IQ declines, the researchers caution teens against using marijuana.  Learn more... 
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7. What Is The Scope Of Marijuana Use In The United States?
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug according to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Learn more...
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8. What Are Marijuana's Long-Term Effects On The Brain?
Over the next decade, the National Institutes of Health is funding a major longitudinal study that will track a large sample of young Americans from late childhood (before first use of drugs) to early adulthood. Learn more...
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9.  Marijuana Report Series - Full Report
This Research Report is intended as a useful summary of what the most up-to-date science has to say about marijuana and its effects on those who use it—both young and old. Learn more...
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10. Why Not Pot? A Review of the Brain-based Risks of Cannabis
Fully informed awareness of both the potential and proven benefits and the potential and proven harms of marijuana are necessary in order to have rational discussions with patients, teens, and decision makers regarding marijuana use.  Learn more...
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