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Temas em Psicologia

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WINK, Giovana Alessandra; MEA, Cristina Pilla Della  and  ROSSI, Tainá. Cannabis legalization: perceptions of psychiatrists and recovering users. Temas psicol. [online]. 2019, vol.27, n.3, pp.721-733. ISSN 1413-389X.

The legalization of cannabis in Brazil is a topic that is currently being discussed. As well as public health issues, it also involves social, legal and educational aspects. Accordingly, this study aimed to verify the perception of psychiatrists and recovering cannabis users regarding the legalization of cannabis in Brazil. This was an exploratory qualitative study. The study included 20 participants aged 26 to 71 (80% male),10 composing the group of psychiatrists, and 10 the group of recovering cannabis users. Semi-structured interviews were performed and analyzed using content analysis. The majority of the participants (85%) were not in favor of cannabis legalization Brazil. The reports mentioned physical, psychic and social damage, as well as the absence and inefficiency of public policies. However, they were positive regarding cannabidiol treatments for refractory diseases. More studies are needed that contemplate this theme, encompassing other populations, in order to provide better explanations.

Keywords : Cannabis; cognitive dysfunction; therapeutic use; legislation; social conditions; drug trafficking; substance withdrawal syndrome.

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