Research Report Series: Marijuana (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores marijuana use 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.

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

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

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

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1: The main psychoactive chemical in marijuana is _______________________.
2: Marijuana use is more prevalent among
3: Teens' perceptions of the risks of marijuana use have steadily _______________ over the past decade.
4: If marijuana is consumed in foods or beverages,
5: When THC disrupts functioning of the cerebellum and basal ganglia, __________ can be affected.
6: Marijuana significantly impairs
7: People who begin using marijuana before the age of 18 are _______________ more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder than adults.
8: Marijuana potency, as detected in confiscated samples, has steadily _________________ over the past few decades.
9: Which of the following describes marijuana's long-term effects on IQ?
10: Memory impairment from marijuana use occurs because THC alters how information is processed in the ________________, a brain area responsible for memory formation.
11: Someone who smokes marijuana daily may be functioning at a reduced intellectual level most or all of the time.
12: Recent research has found that marijuana users who carry a specific variant of the AKT1 gene, are at increased risk of developing
13: Marijuana has been shown to _________________ the course of illness in patients who already have schizophrenia.
14: Which of the following would be considered a long term consequence of marijuana use?
15: Because of how it is typically smoked, marijuana smoking leads to ___________ the deposition of tar compared to cigarette smoking.
16: Within a few minutes after inhaling marijuana smoke, a person's heart rate
17: The FDA has not yet approved a THC-based medication to date.
Researchers generally consider ______________  to be more promising therapeutically.
19: In one study, women were about twice as likely to screen positive for marijuana use via
20: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that obstetrician-gynecologists counsel women against using marijuana
21: On average, adults seeking treatment for marijuana use disorders have used marijuana nearly every day for more than

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2018 - 9/6/2021. 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.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.