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C4. Cannabis and CBD: using evidencebased research to guide clinical practice

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Learning objectives:

  • Participants will review how cannabis affects the brain
  • Participants will be able to explore the differences between CBD that is sourced from cannabis vs hemp
  • Participants will explore how to talk with patients about potency levels of THC in marijuana products, including CBD
  • Participants will have an understanding of the medical/psychological effects of cannabis and CBD, as presented in peer-reviewed, evidence-based publications
  • Participants will recognize the importance of being able to talk with your patients about the pros and cons of using cannabis and CBD
  • Describe current treatment approaches in working with clients with problematic cannabis use or Cannabis Use Disorder


Cannabis has begun to become widely legalized for medical and/or recreational use in both the United States
and Canada. Regulations regarding the study of cannabis have been loosened, allowing easier access to conduct
research evaluating the medical and psychological effects of cannabis use. There are many limitations in conducting
this research; validity and reliability must be considered as much of the published research is sponsored by the cannabis industry. In addition, THC content of plant-based cannabis and cannabis concentrates vary significantly and there is little regulation regarding how plants are grown and how products are brought to market. Cannabidiol (CBD) has been touted as a “miracle” drug, curing a wide variety of medical and psychological diseases. As with cannabis, there is a wide variety of products, some containing THC at various concentrations and others being hemp-based. The research regarding CBD is only just emerging and much of the research is funded by the cannabis industry. This presentation will explore the evidence-based research related to cannabis and CBD and provide strategies about how to more effectively talk with patients about use of these products.


Bari K Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FIAAN
Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation, A division of UCHealth, Colorado, USA

Bari K Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FIAAN is a Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist with over thirty years
of experience working in a variety of mental health settings. Ms. Platter is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) trainer.
Additional areas of expertise include Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cultural Competency
and Case Management. She is an internationally recognized speaker/ trainer and is published in the areas of addiction,
cultural competency and mental health nursing.

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