Study detail

Trends in cannabis use, is cannabis use disorder a valid diagnosis?

Title

Trends in cannabis use, is cannabis use disorder a valid diagnosis?

Publication info

Hamilton, Ian, and Mark Monaghan. "Trends in cannabis use, is cannabis use disorder a valid diagnosis?." The International journal on drug policy 69 (2019): 53-54.

Authors

Hamilton, Ian, and Mark Monaghan.

Date of publication

2019

Location

UK

Abstract

The pan European increase in demand for treatment where cannabis is the primary problem at a time when population use of the substance
is declining is intriguing and difficult to explain. We agree with Jakob Manthays’ attempt to explain this paradox and would like to add some further thoughts...(see full article)

Area of research

Addiction

Condition

Cannabis addiction

Study type

Open study

Medicine formulations

N.A.

Dosing information

N.A.

URL

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31082634

Miscellaneous

N.A.

Commentary

Authors bring to attention the lack of education of healthcare proffessionals that can negatively effects the diagnosis and treatment of cannabis use disorder, for example the inability to distinguish between synthetic cannabinoids and herbal cannabis. Further, they suggest that because of prohibition cannabis use disorder has been more prevelant as law enforcement and related black-market activities drive users away from treatment making them less likely to seek treatment due to fear of prosecution.