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Cannabis: Understanding the Risks

  • Addiction, Patients and Families

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.

U.S. Surgeon General’s Warning on Marijuana Use and the Developing Brain

  • Addiction, Patients and Families

On August 29, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a new advisory on marijuana use and the developing brain. The advisory focuses on the dangers of marijuana for adolescents and for pregnant women. The statement from Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome Adams emphasized “the importance of protecting our Nation from the health risks of marijuana use in adolescence and during pregnancy. Recent increases in access to marijuana and in its potency, along with misperceptions of safety of marijuana endanger our


Learn about various aspects of treating cannabis use disorders, including clinical, training, and policy considerations. As new topics emerge, more resources and information will be added to this page. The resources covers topics from the APA Work Group on Cannabis with the Council on Addiction Psychiatry, training, practice/clinical, and legal issues from leading psychiatrists.

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