Cannabinoids: Summary – Drugs of Abuse

by Pravin Shukle, MD

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    00:01 Now, in summary, and we went over a lot of things here.

    00:05 THC is really the psychotropic compound that gets you high and is the one that we pay most attention to but I do wanna point out that there's many compounds, as many as 83 - 85 cannabinoids in different products so we don’t know everything yet.

    00:21 CBD is the analgesic and antispasmodic and anti-seizure compound within the cannabinoid family.

    00:29 It is grossly overestimated in terms of benefit, the proven seizure benefits are present - I don’t wanna discount that and there are pill forms made by legitimate pharmaceutical companies that are treating that.

    00:43 It has proven pain controls, so that is valid, and it has proven antianorexia effects.

    00:50 Grossly underestimated risk especially when it comes to the cannabis products they could buy sort of as oils or tinctures or whatever.

    00:59 There are long term effects that last up to two years and it should not be used in patients less than 25 years of age.

    01:08 The worrisome thing that we see in young patients in particular is what we call unmasking.

    01:14 This is the most feared complication of light use especially in young people that can include schizophrenia, mania, psychosis, depression, and increased levels of suicide.

    01:27 Well, that’s it. That was a very huge topic.

    01:30 I don’t know how much of that is gonna end up on your exams because it is so new but I suspected in the future this is going to be a very big part of your practice.

    01:38 I suspect it’s going to be on your exams and it’s going to be more and more important part of your exams as the years go on.

    01:45 So, you know there's your information, good luck on your exam, show them what you know.

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    The lecture Cannabinoids: Summary – Drugs of Abuse by Pravin Shukle, MD is from the course Toxicology.

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    1. Overestimated benefits and underestimated risks
    2. Overestimated risks and underestimated benefits
    3. Justified benefits and risks
    4. Underestimated risks and benefits
    5. Overestimated risks and benefits

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