Original Webinar: Friday, October 9, 2020

THIS Is How Cannabis Can CAUSE Psychosis

Featured expert: Dr. Erik Messamore
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The potential for cannabis to cause psychosis has been described in Western medical literature for more than 150 years. Modern study methods such as consumer side effect surveys, human clinical laboratory experiments, and placebo-controlled clinical trials have repeatedly shown that cannabis can produce psychosis among a portion of consumers. This should come as no surprise, considering that the biochemistry of psychosis shares several features with the pharmacology of cannabis. This talk will cover the relationship between cannabis, psychosis, and schizophrenia, including who may be at risk and how big the risk may be.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this webinar, you will understand the following:

  • What psychosis and schizophrenia are
  • How the pharmacological effects of cannabis overlap with the biochemistry of psychosis
  • The evidence that proves that cannabis can cause psychosis
  • How big is the risk and who is most vulnerable to cannabis-induced psychosis

Speaker Bio
Erik Messamore is the medical director for the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University, where he is an associate professor of psychiatry. He is a medical doctor with board certification in psychiatry and holds a PhD in neuropharmacology. Dr. Messamore specializes in the fields of psychopharmacology, complex mood disorders, psychosis, and schizophrenia. He has been quoted by the Associated Press, Malcolm Gladwell, and the U.S. Surgeon General. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of Johnny’s Ambassadors, Inc.

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