Being stoned : a review of self-reported cannabis effects.

Green, Bob, Kavanagh, David J., & Young, Ross McD. (2003) Being stoned : a review of self-reported cannabis effects. Drug and Alcohol Review, 22(4), pp. 453-460.

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Although there has been considerable research into the adverse effects of cannabis, less attention has been directed toward subjective effects that may be associated with ongoing cannabis use. Examination of self-reported cannabis effects is an important issue in understanding the widespread use of cannabis. While reviews have identified euphoria as a primary factor in maintaining cannabis use, relaxation is the effect reported most commonly in naturalistic studies of cannabis users, irrespective of the method used. Self-reported effects in 12 naturalistic and 18 laboratory studies were compared. Regardless of methodology there was considerable variation in the effects experienced. Variation has been reported in terms of opposite effects being experienced by different individuals, variation of effects by individuals within a single occasion and between occasions of use. Factors that might explain this variation are outlined. Limitations of the available literature and suggested directions for future research are discussed.

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ID Code: 29168
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Naturalistic studies, Cannabis effects, Cannabis users, Primary factor
DOI: 10.1080/09595230310001613976
ISSN: 0959-5236
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (111500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 08 Dec 2009 06:13
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 12:58

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