Marijuana Abuse (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores marijuana abuse and its affects on the brain and the body.  Acute, persistent, and long-term consequences are discussed, along with available treatments.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

Find the reading at:  https://www.drugabuse.gov/node/pdf/1380/marijuana

Publisher:  National Institute on Drug Abuse; US Department of Health and Human Services; National Institutes of Health

Program Objectives:  Describe the effects of marijuana abuse on the brain and body.  Identify acute, persistent, and long-term consequences.  Identify available treatments.

Learning Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to marijuana abuse.

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1: The main psychoactive chemical in marijuana is __________________.
 
 
 
 
2: In 2014, what percent of 8th graders reported marijuana use in the past year?
 
 
 
 
3: If marijuana is consumed in foods or beverages, users may inadvertently consume more THC than they intend to because
 
 
4: When THC disrupts functioning of the cerebellum and basal ganglia, ______________ can be affected.
 
 
 
 
5: It is estimated that about  ___________ of people who start using marijuana young (in their teens) will become dependent on it.
 
 
 
 
6: Marijuana potency, as detected in confiscated samples, has steadily _________ over the past few decades.
 
 
7: Memory impairment from marijuana use occurs because THC alters how information is processed in the _______________, a brain area responsible for memory formation.
 
 
 
 
8: A large longitudinal study conducted in New Zealand found that frequent and persistent marijuana use starting in adolescence was associated with a loss of an average of ____________ IQ points measured in mid-adulthood.
 
 
 
 
9: Someone who smokes marijuana daily may be functioning at a reduced intellectual level most or all of the time.
 
 
10: Recent research has found that marijuana users who carry a specific variant of the AKT1 gene, are at increased risk of developing ________.
 
 
 
 
11: Marijuana use has been shown to _________ the course of illness in patients who already have schizophrenia.
 
 
12: Which of the following would be considered a long-term consequence of marijuana use?
 
 
 
 
13: Within a few minutes after inhaling marijuana smoke,
 
 
 
 
14: The FDA has not yet approved a THC-based medication to date.
 
 
15: On average, adults seeking treatment for marijuana use disorders have used marijuana nearly every day for more than _________ years.
 
 
 
 
16: Which behavioral treatment teaches people strategies to identify and correct problematic behaviors in order to enhance self-control, stop drug use, and address a range of other co-occurring problems?
 
 
 

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.