In today's climate messages abound regarding marijuana use, its harm, and legalization, making it difficult to determine fact from fiction. The ATTC Network Coordinating Office presents this user-friendly package with straightforward, accurate information and resources to help substance use disorder providers in their work.
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ATTC iTraining "Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World's Most Popular Weed"
Author of Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World's Most Popular Weed, Dr. Hill is a leading expert in marijuana research and addiction treatment. In this webinar, Dr. Hill discusses the major myths about marijuana use and the challenges of treating marijuana addiction, including working with parents. Dr. Hill also answered a series of questions about marijuana on the Marijuana Lit forum. Visit the Network of Practice to see the Q&A with Dr. Hill.
Effects on the Body
This brief video features Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) who discusses marijuana's effects on the body, heart, and respiratory system. Dr. Compton also provides insight on secondhand smoke exposure, the potency of marijuana available today, and current NIDA research on the impact of new marijuana policies throughout the U.S.
Youth and Families
Marijuana use has a significant impact on adolescents. Yet, many may not consider marijuana to be as harmful as other illicit drugs. As the Monitoring the Future 2014 Survey reports, almost two-thirds or 64% of high school seniors surveyed do not view regular marijuana use as harmful. In this video, Dr. Kari Franson from the University of Colorado's Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences shares information on the long-term negative outcomes marijuana use has on developing adolescents.
Pregnancy and Newborns
This video with Dr. Laura Borgelt from the University of Colorado's Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences explains the negative impact of perinatal marijuana use on pregnant mothers, unborn children, and newborns.
Controversy over the use of cannabis as a "medicine" continues, with researchers, policy makers, the medical community and the general public debating the pros and cons. In this video, Dr. Thomas E. Freese, Director of the Pacific Southwest ATTC, explains what is meant by "medical" marijuana, who uses it and why, and the difference between medical marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) medications. He will also discuss the legal issues associated with medical marijuana.
Consequences of State and Local Legalization
Under Federal law, marijuana is still an illegal substance, yet 23 states and Washington DC have legalized medical marijuana, and four states have decriminalized marijuana for recreational use. With this shift in policy and many other states expected to follow suit, we will need to consider ways to address the growing impact and consequences of legalization. Dr. Rosalie Pacula, Director of the Bing Center for Health Economics at the RAND Corporation, will examine in this video the variance among marijuana laws and the complexity of the impact of decriminalization or legalization.
For questions, information, or to add resources to this page, please contact the ATTC Network Coordinating Office via Laurie Krom at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- National Institue on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
- American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
- University of Washington - Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute
- This site provides information on policy/law, research, information for parents and teens, and additional resources in Spanish.
- Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee (Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment)
- Marijuana: Get the Facts (provided by the Mid-America ATTC)
- ATTC Network Project: Cannabis (provided by the Cannabis Blending Initiative Team)
Adolescents, pregnant women and newborns
- Marijuana Use and Educational Outcomes
- The Impact of Marijuana Policies on Youth: Clinical, Research, and Legal Update
- Perinatal Marijuana Exposure
- Partnership for Drug Free Kids, Marijuana Talk Kit-English and Spanish
- Medical Marijuana Reference List (provided by the Pacific Southwest ATTC)