SAGE Journal Articles

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Article 1: Buckner, J. D., Zvolensky, M. J., Ecker, A. H., & Jeffries, E. R. (2016). Journal of Psychopharmacology, 30, 363-69.

Summary: The article describes research to test whether increased social anxiety led to craving among cannabis users.

Questions to Consider:

  1. How was anxiety induced in this study?
  2. What effects did the anxiety induction have on reported cravings for cannabis?
  3. Why was a manipulation check important in this particular study?

Article 2: Chong, M. S., Wolff, K., Wise, K., Tanton, C., Winstock, A., & Silber, E. (2006). Cannabis use in patients with multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 12, 646-51.

Summary: This paper describes research into the rates with which people suffering from multiple sclerosis used cannabis.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Why might someone with multiple sclerosis be likely to try cannabis?
  2. Describe the debate about the efficacy of cannabis use for the management of symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
  3. Why might self-report be especially problematic in a study like this one?

Article 3: Bartholomew, J., Holroyd, S., & Heffernan, T. M. (2010). Does cannabis use affect prospective memory in young adults? Journal of Psychopharmacology, 24, 241-46.

Summary: This paper describes research aimed at characterizing impairments in prospective memory as a function of cannabis use in young adults.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is prospective memory?
  2. How did cannabis users compare to nonusers in their self-reports of prospective memory failures?
  3. How did cannabis users compare to nonusers in their performance on the video-based prospective memory task?