11. Cannabis

  1. Professor G. Hussein Rassool PhD, MSc, BA, FRSPH, ILTM Cert. Ed., Cert. Couns., Cert. Director Visiting Professor Formerly Senior Lecturer1,2,3

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch11

Addiction for Nurses

Addiction for Nurses

How to Cite

Rassool, G. H. (2010) Cannabis, in Addiction for Nurses, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch11

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departamento de Psiquiatria e Ciências Humanas da Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

  2. 2

    Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

  3. 3

    Department of Addictive Behaviour and Psychological Medicine, Centre for Addiction Studies, St George's University of London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187466

Online ISBN: 9781444327816



  • cannabis, as a gateway drug;
  • cannabis, derived from bushy plant - Cannabis sativa, used as a relaxant or mild intoxicant;
  • smoking cannabis, allowing user - to regulate dose, effect is very rapid when used in this way;
  • cannabis, two powerful active ingredients - THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), both substances classed as cannabinoids;
  • cannabis use, leading to use of hard drugs - that use of one drug actually causes people to use another;
  • cannabis withdrawal syndrome and withdrawal symptoms from cannabis;
  • assessments, and drug history of current presentation of individual's cannabis pattern of use;
  • Marijuana Craving Questionnaire (MCQ);
  • World Health Organization (WHO) - standardised and validated screening instrument and ASSIST, Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test;
  • motivational interviewing, employed when patient - showed none or little commitment to change their behaviour


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Cannabis as a gateway drug

  • Cannabis withdrawal syndrome

  • Assessment

  • Intervention strategies

  • Assistance with withdrawal symptoms

  • References