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Cannabinoid family Cannabis sativa 80 identified cannabinoids - stalks been actively used for clothes, ropes, shoes, boxes, etc. for thousands of years Plant grows anywhere Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) -major psychoactive cannabinoid -identified and isolated in 1964
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Drug of its own class Mixture of effects: 1. sedative with no risk of breath suppression or dying 2. stimulating but not enough to be called a stimulant 3. hallucinogenic at high doses but structure does not resemble LSD or any other hallucinogens 4. analgesic (1)effects are mild (2) pharmacologically not related to opiates or opiate-like drugs
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Marijuana history Antimarijuana campaign -Two major factors -failure of the prohibition -prejudice against mexican immigrants Marijuana dangers – highly publicized -a killer weed -movies and commercials: “Reefer Madness” “Marijuana: Weeds with roots in hell” The Marijuana Tax Act (1937) 1942 – removed from medicines
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Marijuana history Antimarijuana campaign Two major theories introduced to support the campaign Pharmacological violence theory Gateway theory
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Marijuana history 1970 – Schedule I drug Today -still classified as a schedule I drug -gateway theory is still popular
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Administration inhalation or ingestion average joint: 70 mg of THC; 5-10 mg are
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course PSYCH 315 taught by Professor Armstrong during the Spring '08 term at Iowa State.

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