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Marijuana And Substance Use Disorder, Part 1: a historical perspective and DSM-5 overview

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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Course Created: 2016

Practice Level: Advanced

No book to buy Duration: 3 hours
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Course Summary

A marijuana or cannabis substance use disorder can result in significant impairment both mentally and physically. DSM-5 describes cannabis abuse and dependence as part of the same substance use disorder or cannabis use disorder. Clinicians are recommended to observe DSM-5 diagnostic criteria during screening and for diagnosing a cannabis substance use disorder, including new specifiers that may affect an individual’s initial and ongoing treatment plan for recovery.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF or Word) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the duration of drug action for smoked marijuana
  • Explain the medical uses of cannabis
  • Discuss cannabis-induced disorders
  • Describe the relationship between marijuana use and mental illness

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Worldwide Use Of Marijuana
  • What Is Marijuana?
  • The Pharmacokinetics Of Tetrahydrocannabinol
  • Medical And Psychotherapeutic Uses Of Cannabis
  • Defining Harmful Drug Use
  • Other Cannabis-Induced Disorders
  • Acute- And Chronic-Effects Of Marijuana Use
  • Marijuana Use And Mental Illness
  • Addiction Potential Of Marijuana
  • Summary

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