Course Summary

Practice Level: Advanced

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) 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


Jassin M. Jouria, MD Jassin M. Jouria is a medical doctor, professor of academic medicine, and medical author. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and has completed his clinical clerkship training in various teaching hospitals throughout New York, including King’s County Hospital Center and Brookdale Medical Center, among others. Dr. Jouria  has served as a test prep tutor and instructor for Kaplan. He has developed several medical courses and curricula for a variety of educational institutions. Dr. Jouria has also served on multiple levels in the academic field including faculty member and Department Chair. Dr. Jouria continues to serves as a Subject Matter Expert for several continuing education organizations covering multiple basic medical sciences.

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