The adverse health effects of chronic cannabis use

Hall, Wayne and Degenhardt, Louisa (2014) The adverse health effects of chronic cannabis use. Drug Testing and Analysis, 6 1-2: 39-45. doi:10.1002/dta.1506

Author Hall, Wayne
Degenhardt, Louisa
Title The adverse health effects of chronic cannabis use
Journal name Drug Testing and Analysis   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1942-7603
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1002/dta.1506
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue 1-2
Start page 39
End page 45
Total pages 7
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Subject 1602 Analytical Chemistry
2304 Environmental Chemistry
3003 Pharmaceutical Science
1607 Spectroscopy
Abstract This paper summarizes the most probable of the adverse health effects of regular cannabis use sustained over years, as indicated by epidemiological studies that have established an association between cannabis use and adverse outcomes; ruled out reverse causation; and controlled for plausible alternative explanations. We have also focused on adverse outcomes for which there is good evidence of biological plausibility. The focus is on those adverse health effects of greatest potential public health significance - those that are most likely to occur and to affect a substantial proportion of regular cannabis users. These most probable adverse effects of regular use include a dependence syndrome, impaired respiratory function, cardiovascular disease, adverse effects on adolescent psychosocial development and mental health, and residual cognitive impairment.
Keyword Cannabis
Chronic use
Health effects
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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