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Efficacy and safety of a fatty acid amide hydrolase inhibitor (PF-04457845) in the treatment of cannabis withdrawal and dependence in men: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group, phase 2a single-site randomised controlled trial

D'Souza, Deepak Cyril et al.

The Lancet Psychiatry , Volume 0 , Issue 0 , online first, Published:December 06, 2018, doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(18)30427-9

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(18)30427-9/fulltext

The Crimson Digest (Volume 1): Briefing on the international scientific assessment of cannabis: Processes, stakeholders and history

FAAAT, 2018

http://faaat.net/wp-content/uploads/CRIMSONDIGESTvol1_web.pdf

Non-medical Cannabis Self-Exposure as a Dimensional Predictor of Opioid Dependence Diagnosis: A Propensity Score Matched Analysis.

Butelman ER, Maremmani AGI, Bacciardi S, Chen CY, Correa da Rosa J, Kreek MJ.

Front Psychiatry. 2018 Jun 27;9:283. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00283. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6030387/

Cannabis Systematics at the Levels of Family, Genus, and Species.

McPartland JM.

Cannabis Cannabinoid Res. 2018 Oct 1;3(1):203-212. doi: 10.1089/can.2018.0039. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6225593/

Reduced Incidence and Better Liver Disease Outcomes among Chronic HCV Infected Patients Who Consume Cannabis.

Adejumo AC, Adegbala OM, Adejumo KL, Bukong TN.

Can J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Sep 23;2018:9430953. doi: 10.1155/2018/9430953.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6174743/

DSM-5 cannabis withdrawal syndrome: Demographic and clinical correlates in U.S. adults.

Livne O, Shmulewitz D, Lev-Ran S, Hasin DS.

Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 Oct 16. pii: S0376-8716(18)30714-2. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.09.005. 

Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30361043

WHO. Fortieth meeting of the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence dedicated to carrying out pre-reviews of cannabis and cannabis-related substances

The Fortieth meeting of the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) was held in Geneva, Switzerland, 4-7 June 2018. 
The 40th ECDD was a specially convened session dedicated to carrying out pre-reviews of cannabis and cannabis-related substances: 

- Cannabis plant and cannabis resin

- Extracts and tinctures of cannabis*

- Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

- Isomers of THC

http://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/ecdd_40_meeting/en/

A Survey of Cannabis Acute Effects and Withdrawal Symptoms: Differential Responses Across User Types and Age.

Sexton M, Cuttler C, Mischley LK.

J Altern Complement Med. 2018 Oct 31. doi: 10.1089/acm.2018.0319. 

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/acm.2018.0319

Effects of cannabis on eyewitness memory: A field study.

Vredeveldt A, Charman SD, den Blanken A, Hooydonk M. 

Appl Cognit Psychol. 2018;32:420–428. doi.org/10.1002/acp.3414

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/acp.3414

Studie: Cannabisabstinenz verbessert verbales Gedächtnis von Jugendlichen

Boston – Der Verzicht auf einen Cannabiskonsum hat in einer randomisierten Studie das verbale Gedächtnis von Jugendlichen verbessert. Die Erholung trat laut der Publikation im Journal of Clinical Psychiatry(2018; 79: 17m11977) bereits in der ersten Woche der Abstinenz auf. (aerzteblatt.de, 31.10.2018)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/98875/Studie-Cannabisabstinenz-verbessert-verbales-Gedaechtnis-von-Jugendlichen

Who seeks treatment for cannabis use? Registered characteristics and physical, psychological and psychosocial problem indicators among cannabis patients and matched controls.

Christiansen SG, Bretteville-Jensen AL.

BMC Public Health. 2018 Jun 22;18(1):780. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5625-0.

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-018-5625-0

People who gave up smoking cannabis had a memory boost within a week

Cannabis use really does weaken your memory. People who gave up smoking the drug saw their cognitive abilities improve after just a week. (New Scientist, UK, 30.10.2018)

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2183974-people-who-gave-up-smoking-cannabis-had-a-memory-boost-within-a-week/

Niederlande. THC-concentraties in wiet, nederwiet en hasj in Nederlandse coffeeshops (2016-2017)

Sander Rigter en Raymond Niesink

Trimbos-instituut, Utrecht, Drugs Informatie en Monitoring Systeem (DIMS) Programma, Drug Monitoring, September, 2017

https://assets.trimbos.nl/docs/3110053c-8149-469e-8c7c-c7ad02abb214.pdf

Driving While Stoned: Issues and Policy Options

Mark A.R. Kleiman / Tyler Jones / Celeste J. Miller / Ross Halperin

Journal of Drug Policy Analysis, Online erschienen: 24.10.2018, doi.org/10.1515/jdpa-2018-0004

https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jdpa.ahead-of-print/jdpa-2018-0004/jdpa-2018-0004.xml

EMCDDA. Fentanils and synthetic cannabinoids: driving greater complexity into the drug situation. 

An update from the EU Early Warning System (June 2018), Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/system/files/publications/8870/2018-2489-td0118414enn.pdf

WHO. WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence -- Critical Review: Cannabis and cannabis resin

WHO 2018

https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/Cannabis-and-cannabis-resin.pdf

WHO. Fortieth meeting of the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence - a specially convened session dedicated to carrying out pre-reviews of cannabis and cannabis-related substances

The Fortieth meeting of the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, 4-7 June 2018. 
The 40th ECDD will be a specially convened session dedicated to carrying out pre-reviews of cannabis and cannabis-related substances: 

- Cannabis plant and cannabis resin

- Extracts and tinctures of cannabis*

- Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

- Isomers of THC

http://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/ecdd_40_meeting/en/

How long does cannabis impairment last? Researchers are starting to find out

If rules about cannabis consumption for Canadian police are any measure, we know precious little about how long cannabis impairment lasts. The wait time for police to show up for work after consumption ranges anywhere from the next day to 28 days, with some forces prohibiting members from using the drug altogether. 

University of Alberta psychiatrist Scot Purdon agrees the science is scant on impairment beyond the first few hours. (medicalxpress.com, USA, 18.10.2018)

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-10-cannabis-impairment.html

WHO. ECDDD40 - Procedural, methodological and terminological bias.

Joint Civil Society Contribution to the 40th Meeting of the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. Geneva. May 31st, 2018.

http://faaat.net/wp-content/uploads/ECDD40-CIVIL-SOCIETY-CONTRIBUTION.pdf

Cannabis use and driving-related performance in young recreational users: a within-subject randomized clinical trial 

Tatiana Ogourtsova, Maja Kalaba, Isabelle Gelinas, Nicol Korner-Bitensky and Mark A. Ware

Canadian Medical Association Journal- CMAJ Open - cmajo 6:E453-E462; published online October 14, 2018, doi:10.9778/cmajo.20180164

http://cmajopen.ca/content/6/4/E453.full

Cannabis is indigenous to Europe and cultivation began during the Copper or Bronze age: a probabilistic synthesis of fossil pollen studies

McPartland, J.M., Guy, G.W. & Hegman, W. Veget 

Hist Archaeobot (2018). doi.org/10.1007/s00334-018-0678-7

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00334-018-0678-7

Editorial: Watching Canada’s experiment with legal cannabis

Diane Kelsall

CMAJ October 15, 2018 190 (41) E1218; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.181287 

On Oct. 17, 2018, the government of Canada will launch a national, uncontrolled experiment in which the profits of cannabis producers and tax revenues are squarely pitched against the health of Canadians. When Bill C-45 comes into force in mid-October, access to recreational marijuana will be legal 1 making Canada one of a handful of countries to legalize recreational use of the drug. Given the known and unknown health hazards of cannabis,2,3 any increase in use of recreational cannabis after legalization, whether by adults or youth, should be viewed as a failure of this legislation. The government of Canada should commit to amending the act if cannabis use rises.

http://www.cmaj.ca/content/190/41/E1218

Cannabis: how to cut down or stop using

By Professor Adam R Winstock, Founder and CEO, Global Drug Survey

Adapted from the Global Drug Survey  | Safer Drug Use Limit Guidelines: The world’s first safer drug use limit guide

GDS stresses that because of the huge amount of evidence that the onset of drug and alcohol use before the age of 18 years of age can cause long lasting impairments in your cognitive and emotional ability and potential, our guidelines are strictly for people over 18 years of age. 

https://www.globaldrugsurvey.com/gds-2018/cannabis-how-to-cut-down-or-stop-using/

A new ingredient - Spice is throwing up problems not seen with other drugs

Public services grapple with a street drug that is like no other. (The Economist, 27.09.2018)

https://www.economist.com/britain/2018/09/29/spice-is-throwing-up-problems-not-seen-with-other-drugs

A naturalistic examination of the perceived effects of cannabis on negative affect

Cuttler, Carrie et al.

Journal of Affective Disorders , Volume 235 , 198 - 205 

https://www.jad-journal.com/article/S0165-0327(18)30310-0/fulltext

Cannabis Communication Guide for Youth Allies. 

Kanada. Fleming, K., & McKiernan, A. (2018). 

Ottawa, Ont.: Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. ISBN: 978-1-77178-505-1

http://www.ccsa.ca/Resource%20Library/CCSA-Cannabis-Communication-Guide-2018-en.pdf

Europa. Two new synthetic cannabinoids to be placed under control across the EU 

(EMCDDA, Lissabon 14.05.2018, (News release No 3/2018))

http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/news/2018/3/council-implementing-decisions-control-adb-chminaca-cumyl-4cn-binaca_en

Exploring cannabis concentrates on the legal market: User profiles, product strength, and health-related outcomes

L.Cinnamon BidwelllSophie L.York WilliamsRaeghan MuellerAngela D.BryanKent E.Hutchison

Addictive Behaviors Reports, In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 17 August 2018, doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2018.08.004

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352853218300774#

Cannabis erreicht die Muttermilch

Amarillo/Texas – Wenn Schwangere Cannabis rauchen, sei es zum Vergnügen oder aus medizinischer Indikation, dann gelangt der psychoaktive Wirkstoff THC auch in die Muttermilch, wie eine pharmakokinetische Untersuchung in Obstetrics & Gynecology (2018; doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002575) herausfand. (aerzteblatt.de, 17.04.2018)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/93519/Cannabis-erreicht-die-Muttermilch

USA. America’s Invisible Pot Addicts

More and more Americans are reporting near-constant cannabis use, as legalization forges ahead. (The Atlantic, USA, 20.08.2018)

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/08/americas-invisible-pot-addicts/567886/