Original Webinar: Friday, June 25, 2021

Adolescent Cannabis Use:  What It Is, Why We Are Concerned, and What You Can Do

Featured expert: Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, FSAHM
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New cannabis products are infiltrating the market. Adolescents and young adults are using these products more often. This presentation will provide detailed information on these new products, including addiction and other health effects, as well as marketing of these products. The presentation will also provide information on reasons for adolescent use of these products, including flavors, appeal, marketing, perceived reduced harm, stress, anxiety, depression, and misperceptions. Finally, the presentation will discuss ways to prevent and stop adolescent cannabis use.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the different cannabis products and their health effects
  • Understand reasons for youth use of cannabis
  • Understand ways to help prevention and stop youth use of cannabis

Speaker Bio
Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher is a Professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and in Epidemiology and Population Health Professor and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at Stanford University. She is also the founder and executive director of the Tobacco Prevention Toolkit, the Cannabis Awareness and Prevention Toolkit, and the new Vaping Information, Solutions, and Interventions Toolkit (VISIT). Dr. Halpern-Felsher is a developmental psychologist with additional training in adolescent and young adult health. Funded by the NIH and many foundations, her research has focused on understanding and reducing adolescent tobacco use, alcohol and marijuana use, and risky sexual behavior. Her research, including over 170 publications, committee work, and advocacy work have been instrumental in setting policy at the local, state, and national level. She has served as a consultant to a number of community-based adolescent health promotion programs and has been an active member on several national campaigns to understand and reduce adolescent tobacco/e-cigarette use. She has testified in several cities, states, in congress, and at the FDA arguing for more tobacco/e-cigarette regulation. She has also served on six Institute of Medicine/National Academies of Medicine committees, and contributed to three Surgeon General Reports, all focused on reducing adolescent risk behavior and promoting health.

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