15 responses to “Weed is not just an herb”

  1. I’ll print this article to show patients – especially those asking for medical marijuana

  2. good article to show patients

  3. I agree that marijuana is a bigger risk to developing brains than was thought.

  4. agree with the content

  5. This is a compelling article on an important topic. It may change practitioners’ practices, but will it have any effect on outcomes? Unfortunately, without offering a tangible method by which we can close the loop — in the form of evidence for and resources through which a practitioner may learn effective screening and brief intervention techniques — this compelling article may not actually be particularly useful. I.e. the author presents ‘some’ compelling evidence for why she has changed her practice (and hence encourages us to do so also); but cites no evidence for practice change. Without links to brief screening and intervention evidence (and ideally the methodology tested in that research), this really important topic presentation fails to meet reasonable standards for CPD. And that is a crying shame, because this is a topic in need of more air-time! UBC CPD: Where is the rigour and consistency of presentation?:^(

  6. it reminded me of what i was allready doing.

  7. With so many drugs, there is a huge difference between use and abuse, the young psychotic male, was abusing it in order to treat his psychosis, and mj does not work so well, usually as part of a psychiatric history we are taught to ask about drugs and alcohol, mj is a drug, and a lot of people try to self medicate with it

  8. I see more and more marijuana induced psychosis and anxiety in the youth in my practice. Now that the genetic link has been shown to put 1 in 4 marijuana smokers at risk for psychosis, my resolve to more forcefully give insight to the kids in my practice has definitely increased.

  9. i think abuse needs to be treated but 1-2 cig a week wouldn’t need agressive interference

  10. Good reminder to ASK questions about “recreational” drug use. Also a good reminder for me that a teens brain is still developing and thus even more vulnerable to the effects of toxins.

  11. I hope this change in practice will lead to decreased mortality

  12. Your findings appear to be lacking in scientific evidence, or really any evidence beyond your personal experience with a limited sample of individuals. Not to mention that these individuals were likely of the similar circumstance and demographic.

    I would not be so quick to create a dogmatic approach without empirical evidence. I find it particularly naive of you to be making assumptions on issues that are out of your field of expertise (eg. the potency of the Cannabis plant). You may be incorrect in your assumptions and it may cause you to end up making incorrect decisions.

    Always remember, the scientific method is your friend.

  13. Dear MrOC,
    Thank you for your comments. I realize my initial post spoke mostly to my 7 years of clinical experience with youth using marijuana. However, my experience is in keeping with the research on marijuana. I urge you to read the collection of research reports from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is extremely informative and confirms my observations. I also recommend the “The Downside of High” by The Nature of Things where they review the potency of cannabis.

  14. I definitely agree about the damage that marjiuana is causing to our youth! While I do understand that more investigation needs to be done to support our reasoning with our pts, I do not think that this should stop us from counseling about the clear damage that it causes in those that become addicted to it.

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