Accession Number:

AD0718083

Title:

A Review of the Biomedical Effects of Marihuana on Man in the Military Environment

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SOCIETIES FOR EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY BETHESDA MD LIFE SCIENCES RESEARCH OFFICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1970-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

97.0

Abstract:

The review documents in detail the current state of knowledge of the effects of marihuana on man. The study examines the relationships between marihuana use and performance of the man in a military environment and identifies opportunities for future research by the Army in this field. The scope of the study includes the botany and phytochemistry of Cannabis sativa, isolation, characterization, and synthesis of the plant constituents, the pharmocology of these compounds, and the need for quantitative estimation of the tetrahydrocannabinols and their derivatives in biological samples. The review includes a description of behavioral tests used to measure marihuana effects, the influence of an individuals expectations, and effects of environmental setting on human subjects. The anecdotal literature on marihuana is being replaced by reports of controlled laboratory studies however, investigations that measure performance in real-life situations are required to answer crucial military questions on marihuana effects. Information on the chemistry, pharmacology, and behavioral effects of marihuana that is necessary for these future studies is being developed at the present time.

Subject Categories:

  • Pharmacology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE