The Cannabis Primer: What Helping Professionals Need to Know…NOW! in Vancouver

The event is expried

Led by: Zach Walsh, PhD

Friday, October 12, 2018
in Vancouver, British Columbia
(also presented in Toronto on November 19)

9:00 am to 4:40 pm

What are some of the biggest misconceptions that you’ve heard about medical cannabis?

I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that it’s not really a medicine, that it’s just being used for recreation, and that’s certainly not the case. On the other end, the biggest might be that it’s a cure-all that can treat everything. Unfortunately, when something gets so stigmatized and driven underground, the extremes become highlighted, and that’s happened with cannabis. People either think it’s nonsense, or that it’s the answer to everything, and it’s neither.

-Zach Walsh – interview with

Will you be ready and prepared for a whole new conversation about cannabis?  Cannabis is already part of the lives of many Canadians, and many health professionals work with clients who either already use cannabis or are cannabis-curious.

Spend a day learning:

  • What is THC?  CBD?  Sativa?  Indica?  What are the different combinations that are available?
  • What is considered recreation and what is medical?
  • What are the common methods of delivery?
  • When is it a problem?
  • What’s for sale at the CCBO/dispensary, the clinic, or on the street?
  • What are the questions to ask clients?
  • What are the risks and benefits for anxiety, depression, trauma, and psychosis?
  • And MORE.

Understanding the new cannabis landscape will help you more successfully engage with clients by knowing how to ask about and explore cannabis use.  This workshop will also help you access leading-edge research and lots of information you never learned in grad school.

Zach Walsh is a Canadian psychologist and a leader in the field of cannabis and mental health.

Drawing from his own research, clinical experience, and the latest empirical literature, he will discuss all you need to know about cannabis use in relation to mental health, cognition, and well-being.  You will learn about the risks and benefits for common mental health disorders, how cannabis use affects brain functioning, how to assess when cannabis use is a potential problem, and more.

You will learn about:

  • Cannabis pharmacology – what do we know about THC, CBD and other active ingredients
  • The risks and benefits for anxiety, depression, trauma and psychosis
  • Cannabis and cognitive functioning from adolescence to old age
  • Cannabis, addiction and public health
  • How to assess when cannabis use is a problem
  • Guidelines for positive cannabis use.
Zach Walsh  
Cannabis science 101
9:00 am—10:30 am

Cannabis history, constituents, and products. Introduction to the endocannabinoid system

Morning break
10:30 am—10:45 am
Medical cannabis in Canada
10:45 am—12:15 pm

The hows and whys of the medical program in Canada, overview of patients’ experiences, cannabis for pain

Lunch break (on your own)
12:15 pm—1:30 pm
Cannabis and mental health
1:30 pm—2:45 pm

PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction, psychosis and problematic use

Afternoon Break
2:45 pm—2:55 pm
Cannabis Research
2:55 pm—4:40 pm

Cannabis research – PTSD case study, what’s ongoing & what’s next. Mindful cannabis use & wrap up questions

Event Detail

October 12, 2018 9:00 am
October 12, 2018 4:40 pm