Structural and Functional Imaging Studies in Chronic Cannabis Users: A Systematic Review of Adolescent and Adult Findings

9 de fevereiro de 20132min
Research Article
  • Albert Batalla,

  • Sagnik Bhattacharyya,

  • Murat Yücel,

  • Paolo Fusar-Poli,

  • Jose Alexandre Crippa,

  • Santiago Nogué,

  • Marta Torrens,

  • Jesús Pujol,

  • Magí Farré,

  • Rocio Martin-Santo

Background

The growing concern about cannabis use, the most commonly used illicit drug worldwide, has led to a significant increase in the number of human studies using neuroimaging techniques to determine the effect of cannabis on brain structure and function. We conducted a systematic review to assess the evidence of the impact of chronic cannabis use on brain structure and function in adults and adolescents.

Methods

Papers published until August 2012 were included from EMBASE, Medline, PubMed and LILACS databases following a comprehensive search strategy and pre-determined set of criteria for article selection. Only neuroimaging studies involving chronic cannabis users with a matched control group were considered.

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0055821


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