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Psychological Aspects of Cannabis Use and Cannabis Use Disorder

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With a constant increase in the prevalence of cannabis use globally and an incline in referrals treatment for Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD), effort is made to identify possible factors associated with initiation of cannabis use, transition to regular cannabis use and onset of CUD. The majority of empirical studies focus on biological and psychiatric aspects of cannabis use and CUD, including the role of genetic and neurological factors as well as comorbid mental disorders in studying the aetiology and phenomenology of cannabis use and CUD. However, in recent years, emerging evidence points to a significant contribution of psychological, cognitive and motivational factors to cannabis use and CUD.

In this Research Topic, our goal is to assemble a collection of research focusing on psychological aspects of cannabis use and CUD. Bringing together researchers from various psychological schools who employ diverse methodological practices (e.g. experimental research, narrative studies, theoretical writing), our aim will be to review the evidence which has been accumulated in that field, present up-to-date findings, describe gaps in our knowledge and point for future directions in research, practice and policy.

In this Research Topic, we will integrate empirical and theoretical research, focusing on themes such as:

● Psychological predictors of cannabis use and CUD
● Motivational factors influencing the use and cessation of use of cannabis
● Developmental predictors of cannabis use and CUD
● Psychological sequelae of cannabis use and CUD
● Cannabis withdrawal syndrome and its treatment
● Prevention of heavy cannabis use and CUD
● Psychological interventions for individuals with CUD (Motivational Interview, CBT,
Psychodynamic psychotherapy, 12-steps, etc.)
● Cannabis use and harm reduction (talking with adolescents about cannabis use, etc.)
● Psychological aspects of Medical Marijuana use and misuse


Keywords: Cannabis, Cannabis Use Disorder, Emotion, Cognition, Motivation


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

With a constant increase in the prevalence of cannabis use globally and an incline in referrals treatment for Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD), effort is made to identify possible factors associated with initiation of cannabis use, transition to regular cannabis use and onset of CUD. The majority of empirical studies focus on biological and psychiatric aspects of cannabis use and CUD, including the role of genetic and neurological factors as well as comorbid mental disorders in studying the aetiology and phenomenology of cannabis use and CUD. However, in recent years, emerging evidence points to a significant contribution of psychological, cognitive and motivational factors to cannabis use and CUD.

In this Research Topic, our goal is to assemble a collection of research focusing on psychological aspects of cannabis use and CUD. Bringing together researchers from various psychological schools who employ diverse methodological practices (e.g. experimental research, narrative studies, theoretical writing), our aim will be to review the evidence which has been accumulated in that field, present up-to-date findings, describe gaps in our knowledge and point for future directions in research, practice and policy.

In this Research Topic, we will integrate empirical and theoretical research, focusing on themes such as:

● Psychological predictors of cannabis use and CUD
● Motivational factors influencing the use and cessation of use of cannabis
● Developmental predictors of cannabis use and CUD
● Psychological sequelae of cannabis use and CUD
● Cannabis withdrawal syndrome and its treatment
● Prevention of heavy cannabis use and CUD
● Psychological interventions for individuals with CUD (Motivational Interview, CBT,
Psychodynamic psychotherapy, 12-steps, etc.)
● Cannabis use and harm reduction (talking with adolescents about cannabis use, etc.)
● Psychological aspects of Medical Marijuana use and misuse


Keywords: Cannabis, Cannabis Use Disorder, Emotion, Cognition, Motivation


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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12 July 2020 Abstract
09 November 2020 Manuscript

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12 July 2020 Abstract
09 November 2020 Manuscript

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