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Introduction; Part I. The Science of Marijuana and the Brain: 1. Monumental discoveries; 2. Marijuana's acute effects: from brain to experience; 3. Flies in the ointment: cannabinoid deficiency and the reality of addiction; 4. Epidemiology: how many, and who, use how much marijuana; 5. The impacts of ongoing marijuana use on the brain; 6. The impacts of ongoing marijuana use on the mind, part I: memory, executive functions, risk assessment and impulsivity; 7. The impacts of ongoing marijuana use on the mind, part II: emotion, motivation, psychosis and practical impacts; 8. The impacts of ongoing marijuana use on adolescent psychology: understanding the journey from childhood to adulthood; 9. Second hand marijuana: prenatal cannabis exposure; Part II. The Science and Art of Healing: 10. Cannabinoid-based medication; 11. Understanding and encouragement: compassion for cannabis use disorder sufferers; 12. Principles of motivational interviewing; 13. Treatment of regular heavy marijuana users; Part III. The History and Art of Marijuana Policy: 14. Policy, part I: sociopolitical history of marijuana and America's war on drugs; 15. Policy, part II: the post drug war era; Part IV. Epilogue: 16. The future of marijuana; Index.

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An essential guide covering the scientific knowledge and communication skills required to deliver objective patient advice about marijuana use.

About the Author

Timmen L. Cermak is past president of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, a member of California's Cannabis Advisory Committee, and a practicing addiction psychiatrist. He chaired the youth work group for California's Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy Reform.


'Well written and researched, and liberally sprinkled with snippets from real case studies to showcase motivational interviewing, this volume provides a wealth of science-based evidence that will be welcomed by health professionals, addiction counselors, and cannabis researchers.' G. B. Osborne, Choice

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