A New Look at the Risks of Cannabis: What We Know and Don’t Know

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A New Look at the Risks of Cannabis: What We Know and Don’t Know

30 June, 2021 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm CDT

Jodi Gilman, PhD

Dr. Jodi Gilman is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Neuroscience at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Addiction Medicine. She received her BS from Tufts University in 2004, and her PhD in Neuroscience from Brown University in 2008, where she participated in the Graduate Partnership Program with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.


This lecture will present a broad overview of the science of medical marijuana, focusing on the evidence of risks associated with cannabis use and potential problems with the conception of smoked marijuana as a medicine. We will also discuss evolving policy regarding marijuana and how that may impact the medical field. At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the mechanism of action of marijuana.
  • Discuss marijuana’s effects on health and its potential for addiction.
  • Explain the problems with the current system of medical marijuana.
  • Discuss alternatives to using medical marijuana.