Cannabis: Biology to Policy | Tauheed Zaman, MD

This lecture reviews the epidemiology of cannabis use disorders, diagnosis and screening tools, comorbidity with other conditions, management of cannabis use disorders, and adolescent issues.


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PHYSICIANS: 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 live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 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.

This course has been approved by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Physicians enrolled in the ABAM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program can apply a maximum of 1 AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing the Review Course.

Continuing education credit is also available for nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, physician assistants, therapists, and drug abuse counselors. 

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

As a result of participating in this lecture learners should have a working knowledge of the following topics, essential to competency in addiction medicine and identify areas where more study may be needed:

  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. Discussion of cannabis use/abuse/dependence and psychiatric comorbidities, including a discussion of genetic vulnerability for the above, where relevant
  4. Discussion of acute and protracted withdrawal from cannabis 
  5. Implications of the above on treatment and recovery 
  6. Relationship with other drugs of abuse (i.e., the "gateway" drug concept and the role of cannabis in patients attempting long-term recovery)
  7. Discuss modes of delivery of cannabis
  8. 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 financial relationships to disclose.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA Category 1
  • 1.00 Attendance


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