The Two Tales of Marijuana: Medicine or Menace?

With the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes in some states and a majority of US citizens advocating for the legal right to use marijuana, the use of marijuana will increase and impact the human brain in many ways. The human brain can experience multiple complications with regular use of cannabis and the long term effects of these complications are unknown. Our understanding of marijuana’s long-term brain effects is limited. Research findings on how chronic cannabis use affects adolescent brain structure, for example, have been inconsistent. It may be that the effects are too subtle for reliable detection by current techniques. A similar challenge arises in studies of the effects of chronic marijuana use on adolescent brain function. Although imaging studies (functional MRI; fMRI) in chronic users do show some consistent alterations, the relation of these changes to cognitive functioning is less clear. This uncertainty may stem from confounding factors such as other drug use, residual drug effects (which can occur for at least 24 hours in chronic users), or withdrawal symptoms in long-term chronic users. This presentation is designed to help clear up some of the inconsistencies by taking a look at the latest neurobiology and pharmacology of marijuana and its impact on the adolescent brain.

Educational Objectives

After attending the course, a participant will be able to:

• Evaluate medical cannabinoid products and their addiction potential
• Contrast the various legalization processes of medical cannabinoids in the US
• Formulate various treatment options for marijuana use disorders
• Discuss updated prescribing models for medical cannabinoids in medical practice

Available Continuing Education:

—3.75 Hours—

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

Certified Public Health (CPH)

DMH-Addiction Therapist

DMH-Licensed Administrator

Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals (MAAP)

NBCC/LPC

Social Work

Presenter

Merrill Norton, Pharm.D., D.Ph., ICCDP-D

Location

MSPHI

829 Wilson Drive Suite C
Ridgeland MS 39157

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Date

Dec. 3, 2018

Time

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presenter

Merrill Norton, Pharm.D., D.Ph., ICCDP-D

Location

MSPHI

829 Wilson Drive Suite C
Ridgeland MS 39157

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