Heavy Use

Effects of Cannabis are More Marked in Occasional Rather than Chronic Cannabis Users

Effect of Smoked Cannabis on Vigilance and Accident Risk Using Simulated Driving in Occasional and Chronic Users and the Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic Relationship

In a study comparing the short-term effects of cannabis consumption on occasional and chronic cannabis users, occasional users were found to have slower reaction times, experience effects sooner, and have cannabis persist in their bloodstream longer than among chronic cannabis users. Both occasional and chronic users experienced impaired reaction times that affected their performance in a driving simulation. Both chronic and occasional marijuana users should be cognizant of the amount of time in which they are impaired following cannabis consumption and abstain from driving.

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Combatting Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome

DSM-5 cannabis withdrawal syndrome: Demographic and clinical correlates in U.S. adults

Cannabis withdrawal syndrome affects approximately 12.1% of heavy cannabis users and is characterized by symptoms such as nervousness/anxiety, hostility, sleep difficulty, and depressed mood. It has increased prevalence among those suffering from mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders. This new data should emphasize the need for physicians to exercise caution when recommending cannabis to individuals who may end up consuming cannabis heavily, and who also suffering from mood, anxiety, or personality disorders


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