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As legislation and societal perception surrounding the use of cannabinoids rapidly change, addiction specialists need to be knowledgeable about cannabinoid psychopharmacology, so that they can adequately inform patients, other healthcare providers, and policy decision-makers. This chapter provides a brief review of the effects of plant-based and synthetic cannabinoids, focusing on their time- and dose-dependent effects on mood, anxiety, perception, cognition, and psychomotor functioning. We also discuss risk factors for the progression to cannabis use disorder (CUD), and pharmacological and psychosocial treatments for CUD. Finally, the chapter covers the effects of cannabinoids on individuals with psychiatric disorders, medicinal use of cannabinoids, and potential pharmacokinetic interactions with other psychotropic medications.
KeywordsCannabis cannabinoids marijuana cannabis use disorder cannabinoid psychopharmacology
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