Cannabis (2017) | Tauheed Zaman, MD

This presentation is part of the Addiction Medicine Review Course 2017, an overview of the core elements of addiction medicine, presented by top experts in the field. Together with the other presentation it can serve as a broad review for clinicians, a review of the basics for newcomers, or a starting point for those preparing to sit for the Board of Addiction Exam.

Target Audience

  • Addiction medicine specialists who want an overview of the latest developments in the field and their relevance to clinical practice
  • Primary care clinicians who want to get a better understanding of addiction and manage patients with addictions in their practice
  • Public health officials who want an understanding of the current state of addiction treatment
  • Non-physicians who are involved in the treatment of addiction

Learning Objectives

After viewing this lecture participants should be able to

  1. Epidemiology of cannabis use disorders, including data on special populations and trends
  2. End effects on neurons and brain circuits and differences based on demographic factors (i.e., gender and age) 
  3. End effects on other organs 
  4. Discussion of cannabis use/abuse/dependence and psychiatric comorbidities, including a discussion of genetic vulnerability for the above, where relevant
  5. Discussion of acute and protracted withdrawal from cannabis 
  6. Implications of the above on treatment and recovery 
  7. Relationship with other drugs of abuse (i.e., the "gateway" drug concept and the role of cannabis in patients attempting long-term recovery)
  8. If time permits include cultural competency such as subcultures of MJ use; specialized treatment approaches/pharmacology with special populations and relapse prevention; prevention (levels, approaches, high-risk pops); tools for clinical screening in diverse populations.
  9. Discuss modes of delivery of cannabis
  10. Brief discussion of policy issues related to cannabis use.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA Category 1
  • 1.00 Attendance
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Tauheed Zaman, MD
Tauheed Zaman, M.D. is an addiction psychiatrist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, where he serves as medical director of an addiction consult service caring for patients with opioid use disorder and chronic pain. He is an Assistant Professor of psychiatry at UCSF, and serves on the CSAM conference planning commmittee, opioid committee, and task force on marijuana policy reform. He completed his addiction training at UCSF, and his adult psychiatry residency at Harvard Medical School.  


Dr. Zaman has no relevant fionancial relationships.

The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CSAM takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

CSAM designates this edduring internet-based educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA Category 1
  • 1.00 Attendance


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