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PDF | Vol. 5, No. 4 (2009)

This issue of Visions examines the controversial role of cannabis in society, both on its own as a substance and in the broader context of mental health. You will read many different perspectives on cannabis use and supporting research that present a more complex view of cannabis than the black and white extremes. You will hear the experiences of people who have found solace in the healing properties of cannabis, and of those who have found cannabis detrimental to their mental and physical health. This issue of Visions may lead you to question your own attitudes and assumptions, and you'll likely learn something new along the way.


  • Editor's Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • What Do We Know About Cannabis?
    (Philippe Lucas)

  • Cannabis Background
    (Centre for Addictions Research of BC)

  • Cannabis and Psychosis
    (Alasdair Barr, Ric Procyshyn and Heidi Boyda)

  • Why People Use Cannabis
    (Rielle Capler)

  • Cannabis, Tobacco and Alcohol Use in Canada: Comparing risks of harm and costs to society
    (Gerald Thomas and Chris Davis)

  • The Legal History and Cultural Experience of Cannabis
    (Andrew Hathaway)

  • Cannabis: A mental challenge
    (Mark Ware) (online only)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • From Thrills to Ills: Why pot smoking is risky business
    (Geoffrey Griffiths)

  • Cannabis and My Road to Healing
    (Kerry Porth)

  • Cannabis and Me: A cautionary tale...
    (Anita Smith)

  • Alternatives: Miracle marijuana
    (Michelle Rainey)

  • Marijuana: Help or hassle?
    (Emily Smith)

  • Should We Have Been More Aware? A mother and son share their story: How cannabis changed my life

  • Should We Have Been More Aware? A mother and son share their story: Epilogue-Mom's View
    (Gina) (online only)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • When Help is Not at Hand: Teens turning to marijuana for emotional problems
    (Joan Bottorff, Barbara Moffat and Joy Johnson)

  • Tips for Cutting Back
    (Rielle Capler)

  • The Health Effects of Medical Marijuana Project (HEMMP)
    (Linda Balneaves, Joan Bortoff, H. Bindy Kang, Rielle Capler and the HEMMP research team)

  • Vaporizers: Safe alternatives to smoking?
    (Mridula Morgan)

Regional Programs

  • Compassion Clubs: Working for health and liberty
    (Kailey Willetts)


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