Cannabis

The trend toward state legalization of medical and retail cannabis across the nation presents behavioral health clinicians with unique challenges. As of 2014, a total of 23 states have laws permitting medical marijuana, four states have legalized retail marijuana, and 12 states have passed laws permitting cannabidiol (CBD) extracts, primarily for the treatment of seizures and certain other debilitating medical conditions The science evaluating the potential risks and benefits of marijuana is evolving, with new information emerging from the research community all the time.

Given the current climate of conflicting messages and changing policy relating to marijuana, the behavioral health and primary care workforces need both sources of reliable information and effective strategies to guide their interventions as they talk with clients about this controversial subject.

In addition to providing up to date information on this site, NWATTC provides training on the current issues relating to cannabis in our region, including methods and prevalence of use, emerging brain science and clinical skills for discussing cannabis with clients and patients.  Please contact Ashley Groves or Anya Ludwig at groveas@ohsu.edu or ludwig@ohsu.edu if you are interested in bringing training to your community.