Cannabis Use Disorder


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

20 Mar 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Activity Description

Cannabis is a plant of the Cannabaceae family that contains multiple biologically active compounds. The most potent compounds are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol. Cannabis use can cause intoxication, withdrawal, and biopsychosocial issues. A range of disorders are associated, including psychosis, sleep disorders, withdrawal, and a scale of intoxication that leads to the diagnosis of a substance use disorder. Treatment should include counseling such as cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and psychiatric assessment for comorbid disorders, alongside innovative interventions like PNC-txt and intensive outpatient programs, while considering individual needs such as pain management or sleep studies.

Participants explore symptomatology, distinguishing between cannabis use and misuse, and navigate the complex regulatory landscape. The course details the evaluation and management of cannabis use disorder, emphasizing the interprofessional team's pivotal role. Clinicians facilitate comprehensive patient care through collaborative efforts, ensuring tailored interventions and addressing multifaceted aspects of cannabis-related issues for improved patient outcomes.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Evaluate patients on the risks and benefits of cannabis use, fostering open dialogue and shared decision-making in treatment planning.

  • Interpret the presentation of a patient with cannabis intoxication to recognize the signs and symptoms indicative of cannabis use disorder.

  • Screen patients for the diagnostic criteria for cannabis use disorder as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

  • Implement care coordination amongst the interprofessional team to optimize long-term outcomes for patients with cannabis use disorder.


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In support of improving patient care, StatPearls, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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  3. Study the educational content of the enduring material.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
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