Marijuana: The Science and Society

When

08/10/2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Speaker

Julie Stevens

Cost

$25 for non HHSC funded providers

Description

With the decriminalization and legalization of possession of medicinal and recreational marijuana in many jurisdictions, our society’s norms are more tolerant and permissive of its use. Research is being conducted that is documenting the harmful short term and long term effects on the brain and behavior. This workshop will discuss the basic structure and development of the human brain, the effects of marijuana on the brain, and the risk of mental illness with early and chronic marijuana use. Media messages and their influence regarding the normalization of marijuana use will be discussed, as well as issues of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will increase knowledge of developmental changes in the brain during adolescence.
  2. Participants will learn about effects of marijuana on the developing brain.
  3. Participants will increase knowledge of the risk of mental illness with early and chronic marijuana use.
  4. Participants will become aware of media messages influences regarding the normalization of use of marijuana.

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23 available of 25 total

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