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Cannabis: A self-medication drug for weight management? The never ending story

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  • Francesco Saverio Bersani
  • Rita Santacroce
  • Marialuce Coviello
  • Claudio Imperatori
  • Marta Francesconi
  • Roberto Vicinanza
  • Amedeo Minichino
  • Ornella Corazza
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Pages (from-to)177-179
JournalDrug Testing and Analysis
Journal publication date1 Feb 2016
Volume8
Issue2
Early online date12 Oct 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

Abstract

In a society highly focused on physical appearance, people are increasingly using the so-called performance and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs) or life-style drugs as an easy way to control weight. Preliminary data from online sources (e.g. websites, drug forums, e-newsletters) suggest an increased use of cannabis amongst the general population as a PIED due to its putative weight-loss properties. The use of cannabis and/or cannabis-related products to lose weight may represent a new substance-use trend that should be carefully monitored and adequately investigated, especially in light of the well-known adverse psychiatric and somatic effects of cannabis, its possible interaction with other medications/drugs and the unknown and potentially dangerous composition of synthetic cannabimimetics preparations. Data from online sources suggest an increased use of cannabis amongst the general population as a "performance and image-enhancing drug" due to its putative weight-loss properties. The use of cannabis and/or cannabis-related products to lose weight may represent a new substance-use trend that should be carefully monitored and adequately investigated, especially in light of the well-known adverse psychiatric and somatic effects of cannabis, its possible interaction with other medications/drugs and the potentially dangerous composition of synthetic cannabimimetics preparations.

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