For the sixth part of my drug facts series, I speak with Dr. Itai Danovitch, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Danovitch provides an in-depth summary of the physiology of cannabis and reviews both its beneficial and harmful effects (including use disorder), and how these effects differ based on the population using. He also discusses the different state policies regarding legalization of cannabis and why it might be time to reconsider federal drug scheduling so that this substance can be better researched.
Dr. Danovitch has authored over 70 articles and book chapters and is the co-editor of two books on substance use disorders. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Past President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, and a recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also serves as a Governor-appointed Commissioner on the California Mental Health Services Commission.
Learn more about Dr. Danovitch at https://bio.cedars-sinai.org/danovitchi/index.html