Chapter 12.0: Introduction to Cannabinoids and other Hallucinogenic and Dissociatives

Content presented in this chapter informs and was informed by Begun, A.L. (2020). Introduction to psychoactive substances, appearing in A.L. Begun & M.M. Murray, (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Social Work and Addictive Behaviors. NY: Routledge.

Reading Objectives

After engaging with these reading materials and learning resources, you should be able to:

  • Describe the nature, common uses, and effects of cannabis and other common hallucinogenic/dissociative substances;
  • Describe many of the substances in this category and their effects on humans;
  • Identify epidemiological patterns in cannabis and other hallucinogenic/dissociative substance use;
  • Explain key terms and concepts related to cannabis and other hallucinogenic or dissociative substances.


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