ERIC Number: ED060477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Marihuana and Health: A Report to Congress from the Secretary, U. S. Department of Health Education and Welfare.
National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
This report to congress is designed to summarize the current status of our knowledge of the health consequences of the use of marijuana, that is, not only the effects of the drug on the individual's physical and psychological health, but also the effects of marijuana use on the society as a whole. Certainly, our knowledge of marijuana and health is at present incomplete and fragmentary. Marijuana is not a single, simple substance of uniform type; rather, it consists of varying mixtures of different parts of the plant, Cannabis Sativa. The route of absorption may make a significant difference in the consequences of use. Other areas explored in the report include: (1) subjective effects; (2) physiological effects of acute marijuana use; (3) acute psychotic episodes; (4) intellectual and motor performance; (5) marijuana and birth defects; (6) effects of long-term chronic use; (7) marijuana and the use of other drugs; and (8) future research directions. (TA)
Descriptors: Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Drug Education, Health Education, Marihuana, Scientific Research
U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C.
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Note: Committee print prepared for the Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Narcotics of the Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, 92nd Congress, 1st Session