Library Updates

President Otto Pérez Molina: War on Drugs has Failed

July 3, 2012 Global Policy News

At the launch of the Beckley Foundation Guatemala, President Otto Pérez Molina becomes the first incumbent Head of Government to sign the Beckley Foundation Public Letter.

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Effect of drug law enforcement on drug market violence: A systematic review

June 15, 2011 Drug Policy Library

Violence is amongst the primary concerns of communities around the world and research has demonstrated links between violence and the illicit drug trade, particularly in urban settings. Given the growing emphasis on evidence-based policy-making, and the ongoing severe drug market violence in Mexico and other settings, we conducted a systematic review to examine the impacts […]

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Ecstasy Does Not Wreck the Mind

February 21, 2011 Featured Slider

The drug known as ecstasy has been used by 12 million people in the United States alone and millions more worldwide.  Past research has suggested that ecstasy users perform worse than non-users on some tests of mental ability.  But there are concerns that the methods used to conduct that research were flawed, and the experiments […]

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Innocent Bystanders: Developing Countries and the War on Drugs

February 16, 2011 Drug Policy Library

Drug use/abuse is one of the most difficult challenges facing the contemporary world. If it is true that there has always been consumption of different types of drugs in different societies—although not in all of them—it is no less true that it generally took place in restricted, socially regulated realms, especially in ritualistic ceremonies. This […]

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Cannabis Use and Earlier Onset of Psychosis

February 16, 2011 Cannabis

Cannabis is the most widely used addictive substance after tobacco and alcohol. The 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that more than 16 million Americans use cannabis on a regular basis, most of whom started using cannabis and other drugs during their teenage years. There is little doubt about the existence of an association […]

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From the Mountaintops: What The World Can Learn from Drug Policy Change in Switzerland

February 11, 2011 Drug Policy Library

Switzerland, a country renowned for its solid conservatism, was shaken by seeing its cities become the point of convergence of thousands of drug users and counterculture activists, culminating in large open drug scenes in the late 1980s. The country was hit hard by HIV, which was strongly linked—both in the public mind and in reality—to […]

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Effects of Cannabidiol on Schizophrenia-like Symptoms in People Who use Cannabis

February 11, 2011 Cannabis

Convergent evidence suggests a link between cannabis use and psychosis. However, cannabis comprises a combination of cannabinoids and these different constituents may have distinct effects, not all of which are detrimental to mental health. The main component of smoked cannabis is D9-tetrahydrocannabinol (D9-THC), which is thought to be responsible for the majority of the psychotomimetic […]

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Cannabis – Recent Advances

February 11, 2011 Cannabis

Over the last 40 years, cannabinoid chemistry and pharmacology have been the object of thousands of publications. For obvious reasons, most attention has been paid to Cannabis. As cannabidiol (CBD; generally found in relatively high concentrations in Cannabis, several groups have also investigated the pharmacological activities of this component, although not to the extent that […]

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Cannabis, the Mind and Society: The Hash Reality

February 11, 2011 Cannabis

The classical Greek term pharmakon indicates that a substance can be a remedy as well as a poison, and in many traditional societies cannabis was considered to have both of these properties. However, as the twentieth century progressed, cannabis gradually lost its status as a useful remedy, and fewer and fewer people regarded it as […]

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Cannabidiol, A Cannabis Sativa

February 11, 2011 Cannabis

A high dose of A9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the main Cannabis sativa (cannabis) component, induces anxiety and psychotic-like symptoms in healthy volunteers. These effects of A9-tetrahydrocannabinol are significantly reduced by cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis constituent which is devoid of the typical effects of the plant. This observation led us to suspect that CBD could have anxiolytic and/or antipsychotic actions. […]

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