Lecture 23

Lecture 23 - Lecture 23 Cannabis Use, Issues &...

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Lecture 23 – Cannabis Use, Issues & Pharmacology Key Concepts historical issues – criminalization of cannabis cannabinoids – components of cannabis sativa delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) pharmacological effects of cannabis cannabis use in Canada the business of cannabis changes to Canadian legislation – medicinal marijuana **Note** What do you need to know about cannabis in order to decide if it should be legalized for recreational use in Canada? Due to Cannabis Legalization Debate, next week I will make few comments on the risks/benefits of cannabis use at this time
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Cannabis
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Criminalization of Cannabis Harry J. Anslinger (“Drug Czar”): head of Federal Bureau of Narcotics 1930-1962 had a special mission to eliminate use of marijuana in the US Marihuana Tax Act (MTA) 1937: levied a tax on cannabis growers Prohibitory tax that made the cultivation of cannabis unprofitable MTA hearings Anslinger used anecdotal evidence to relate marijuana to incidence of insanity, murder, and addiction Congress was largely unaware of cannabis and its effects
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Criminalization of Cannabis: Propaganda 1930’s: Racism- strong association between marijuana and racial minorities (Mexicans – Southwest, Blacks – New Orleans) 1942: American Journal of Psychiatry and Journal of the American Medical Association reported skepticism on the negative assumptions about marijuana’s harmful effects and lack of medical use 1944: NYC Mayor LaGuardia’s commission found no relation between “marijuana and crime, aggressive or antisocial behavior, or personality change” which “dispelled many of the myths that had spurred the [Marihuana Taxation] Act”
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Cannabis Sativa
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Other active components Cannabinol (CBN) Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabigerol (CBG) Terpenoids Myrecene- analgesic B-Caryophyllene Alpha-Pinene Flavinoids
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Killer Green Amnesia Haze
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Cannabis – Components More than 85 cannabinoids have been identified in Cannabis Sativa; Lord Todd in England and Roger Adams in the US independently isolated cannabinol and cannabidiol in the 1940's.
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