About this Research Topic
Attitudes towards cannabis use have changed significantly in the last 5-10 years. Many countries have relaxed or altered their laws governing the use of cannabis both for recreational and medical reasons. However, there is little consensus from the scientific community in relation to the positives and negatives of cannabis use, especially in terms of emotion processing and emotion processing disorders. We seek to produce a collective body of work that can address some of these issues and provide insight into the effects that cannabis has on emotion processing. We are particularly interested in data from a cognitive and clinical neuroscience perspective.
In this Research Topic, we aim to build a body of research in one place that allows for the contradictory nature of the current state of cannabis research to be consolidated in a single place to help understand and reconcile consistency and inconsistency in findings.
We also want to present a body of literature that addresses both the clinical and non-clinical (self-medication) application of cannabis as it is used both in and outside of a medical model for treating a number of disorders with an emphasis on emotion processing.
Furthermore, as there is a need for a focused rigorous approach to individual differences, we hope this article collection could be a platform to better understand the role of individual differences both exogenous and endogenous on the effects, both positive and negative of cannabis use.
Additionally, it is our goal to provide robust data for dissemination to a wide audience. As the current state of the literature is often confusing and contradictory, this body of work will address this confusion providing clarity in one place.
We welcome contributions from researchers working in the field of cannabis research. We are particularly interested in those working in the area of clinical and cognitive neuroscience. Topics of particular interest include:
• Cannabis use and emotion regulation;
• Cannabis use and emotion recognition;
• Stress and cannabis use (including relevant biomarkers);
• Cannabis use in emotion processing disorders;
• Cannabis use and co-morbid depression and anxiety disorders;
• Medical cannabis both from a clinical and non-clinical self-medication perspective for treating disorders with an emphasis on emotion processing;
• Individuals' differences in emotion processing and cannabis use.
Keywords: Cannabis, Emotion Processing, Affective Disorders, Emotion Processing Disorders, Cannabis Research
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