Harm reduction policies for cannabis

Hall, Wayne and Degenhardt, Louisa (2014). Harm reduction policies for cannabis. In Roger G. Pertwee (Ed.), Handbook of Cannabis (pp. 692-709) Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662685.003.0039

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Author Hall, Wayne
Degenhardt, Louisa
Title of chapter Harm reduction policies for cannabis
Title of book Handbook of Cannabis
Place of Publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662685.003.0039
Open Access Status
Series Handbooks in Psychopharmacology
ISBN 9780199662685
Editor Roger G. Pertwee
Chapter number 39
Start page 692
End page 709
Total pages 18
Total chapters 40
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Cannabinoid designer drugs are clandestinely synthesized structures that function as cannabinoid receptor agonists, are typically formulated as additives in smokable herbal mixtures with names such as Spice and K2 sold at head shops and on the Internet, and produce marijuana-like effects. Unlike marijuana, they were not detectable by drug tests such as urinalysis, and use became widespread about 2008. Reports of untoward effects such as tachycardia, myocardial infarction, seizure, and psychosis indicate that they are more dangerous than marijuana and pose a significant public health problem. Legal controls by governments worldwide have been circumvented by rapid substitution of similar structures not yet controlled. Demand is robust despite the apparent dangers, the supply side is nimble, and legislation has been in some cases too ponderous to cope. This chapter summarizes chemistry, pharmacology, epidemiology, legal status, and detection in products and human samples.
Keyword Synthetic cannabinoids
Drug abuse
Drug detection
Mass spectrometry
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes "This is an extensively revised version of material originally published in: Hall, W and Fischer, B. Harm reduction policies for cannabis. Chapter 8 pp. 257-276 in T. Rhodes and D. Hedrich (eds.). Harm Reduction; Evidence, Impacts and Challenges. European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction Monograph 10, Lisbon, 2010."

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