Ch. 3: Summary

In this module you read about cannabis and hallucinogenic substances, including some known for their dissociative effects. The first chapter focused on cannabis, cannabinoids, cannabidiol, and related synthetic cannabis products. You learned about the reason some recommend using the word cannabis rather than marijuana, and you were reminded of the lessons from the beginning of the course about how stigma, prejudice, and stereotypes might influence public health and social policy related to substances like cannabis (marijuana). The nation’s current state of ambivalence about cannabis and products from cannabis was pointed out. The nature and effects of THC were presented, and you read about the distinction in effects/experience depending on whether the cannabis is used by inhaling (smoked) or consumed in edibles. The risks associated with driving under the influence of cannabis were mentioned, as well. In the second chapter, emphasis was placed on a varied group of hallucinogenic substances, some that occur naturally and others which are synthetically produced. You learned that these substances differ markedly in the power of their psychoactive effects and that their effects can be highly unpredictable. Some of the hallucinogens we explored have stimulant qualities, as well. Quite a few new terms were presented in this module, and you are now prepared to review them in the next section.

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