March 22, 1985

Marihuana in Science and Medicine

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Medical Center Kansas City, Mo


by Gabriel G. Nahas, 312 pp, with illus, $48, New York, Raven Press, 1984.

JAMA. 1985;253(12):1801-1802. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350360127043

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Passions regarding the use and abuse of marijuana have abated considerably during the past ten years. However, concern regarding marijuana's short-term and long-term adverse effects has persisted in the lay and medical communities. Dr Nahas, the author of this volume, was one of the earliest physician-researchers to emphasize these adverse consequences of marijuana use and to warn about its potential as a public health problem. He has remained persistent in his warnings through the years, and new research findings have given added weight to his concerns.

This volume, the third edition of a book originally published in 1973, attests to its author's scholarship. The book is written for "the scientific and medical community" and provides current exhaustive literature reviews of marijuana's botany, chemistry, metabolism, toxicology, and pharmacology. All sections review relevant plant, animal, and human experimental and clinical data, with an emphasis on the adverse physical consequences and potential of