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Cannabis: Understanding the Risks

At a recent session at the APA Annual Meeting, a panel of psychiatrists addressed many of the common misconceptions around cannabis. With more states legalizing cannabis and changing public perceptions, there is confusion around its safety and uses. At the APA session, Smita Das, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., provided an overview of cannabis and its current use. To date, 16 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for recreational use by adults, and 36 states legalized it for medical use. However, cannabis is still a federal schedule 1 substance (most restricted schedule) under the Controlled Substances Act.

How Nutrition Impacts Mental Health

The relationship between nutrition and mental health is a hot topic, and it was the subject of a recent panel discussion at the APA’s online Annual Meeting in early May. A panel of experts reviewed research on the potential roles of nutrition in the causes of, recovery from and potential resilience against psychiatric illness.

Nature’s Benefits for Mental Health May Not Work So Well When Pressured

During the more than a year of pandemic restrictions, access to parks and other green spaces have been very important escapes for many, offering a place to go for exercise and social interaction when other options weren’t available. Fifteen national parks set new recreation visitation records in 2020, despite temporary park closures and restrictions in response to the pandemic.

On the Conviction of the Murderer of George Floyd, What Is Next?

We all experienced a range of emotions on Wednesday as Derek Chauvin was found guilty on three charges in George Floyd’s death: relief that justice was served in this case, and sadness for Mr. Floyd’s family. All our thoughts remain with Mr. Floyd’s family who are forever changed by his loss.

Pandemic Experience Shows Benefits of Telepsychiatry in Increasing Access to Care

One of the challenges for successful mental health treatment is consistent participation in appointments with mental healthcare professionals. The rates of no-shows and cancellations for psychiatric appointments are often high. New research finds that after the shift to mostly remote appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at psychiatric appointments increased significantly, potentially leading to more effective treatment. The research was published online in March in Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association.