Canadian Cannabis, Avoiding the Potholes
Presenting Author(s): Dr. Sam Chang
, M.D., FRCPCo-Author(s):
Dr. Blair Richie, M.D., FRCPDate and time:
22 Mar 2019 from 14:10 to 15:10Location: Bluebell
- Be aware of the larger social, political, and financial aspects of Canadian Cannabis Policy;
- Be aware of the risks and benefits of Canadian Cannabis Policy esp the clinical and societal risks with particular focus on the neurodevelopmental risks in adolescence;
- Have a good understanding of specific, concrete recommendations physicians can take in dealing with this population of cannabis users clinically; and
- Special population needs for those at high risk esp in regards to those with ADHD.
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There have been lots of confusion as to Canadian Cannabis Policy and its implications for Canadian Physicians. Trying to understand this as solely an outcome of scientific inquiry is inadequate given the very large sociocultural, political, and financial dimensions in Canadian Cannabis Use legislation. This presentation is an attempt to understand the bigger “systemic” picture of risks and benefits not only in the narrow clinical sense but also the larger societal context. An attempt is also made to distinguish between the different types of cannabinoids and their possible therapeutic and toxic qualities. Finally a key focus will be the practical applications of the knowledge gained, in the treatment of ADHD and the various comorbidities often present when substance abuse is concurrently active, including contrasting between the outcomes of optimal treatment versus inadequate treatment.