Medical Marijuana & the Workplace Conference

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Date(s) - 09/16/17
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Lake Metroparks Farmpark

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Presenter: Dr Drew W. Edwards
Marijuana is a poorly understood psychoactive substance—and currently at the center of much political, legal, medical and social controversy. Recent epidemiological data reveal that the prevalence of marijuana use increasing among nearly all demographic groups, but especially among those under age 18. This is cause for concern for many reasons, but none more so, than the deleterious effects of cannabis on the developing brain. Recent research has demonstrated the multiple harmful effects associated with the use of cannabis. The life trajectory for those who begin using earliest in life is wrought with academic failure, psychopathology, underemployment, multiple failed relationships and decreased life expectancy. In spite of these well known facts, it has become legal to purchase and consume marijuana in several states.
This presentation will explore the social, cultural and demographic factors associated with this trend. The unique pharmacology and psychoactive effects of cannabis, including its potential as a medicine, as well as its potential for addiction will be discussed in depth. In addition, the impact and outcomes of cannabis use on individuals, families and society will be explored. Finally, the best available evidence regarding prevention, treatment and recovery will be presented and discussed.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this educational activity, participants will be better able to:
1 Identify social and cultural trends that influence the prevalence of cannabis

2 Describe the unique psychoactive characteristics and effects of cannabis on the brain and behavior.

3 Identify and signs and symptoms of Cannabis Use Disorder and common co
occurring psychopathology.

4 Identify effective prevention strategies to deter initiation.

5 Discuss effective treatment strategies for Cannabis Use Disorder.

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