Often when I speak with parents and youth about the cognitive problems that can arise because of using marijuana, they focus on the long term impact. Parents, and even teens, are worried about permanently decreased cognitive functioning because of marijuana use – and rightfully so. When I remind them that there are immediate cognitive effects …

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It seems to be difficult to find good books about marijuana. When you look at the selection, the most popular books seem to be aimed at gourmet cooks looking for this year’s marijuana flavor trend, or sufferers interested in how medicinal marijuana can help your rheumatism and backaches. If you’re a parent looking for guidance, …

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This book by Marne Venture, a well-known children’s author and blogger, is one of the Pros and Cons series of books put out by Focus Readers. Published in 2018, this book has the advantage of being recent and much of the information it contains is as up to date as it can be, given how …

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Since I’ve been reading about vaping, my patients have been expressing concern that I’m asking them as much about physical symptoms related to lung disease as I am about mental health. Last week, one regular patient quipped, “Hey, Dr. Beck, if I had problems breathing, my Dad would have me at the family doctor before …

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When I first reviewed the Government of Ontario’s approach to legal marijuana, I was disappointed. I was hoping for an approach with a strong foundation in public health. I feel strongly about this and wrote about my concerns for the Ottawa Citizen. As I read the views of other health stakeholders in legal marijuana, I …

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My interview on CBC’s The House had such a positive reception that I wanted to follow up with a short essay summarizing most physicians’ recommendations for legalizing marijuana. My own perspective is that of a psychiatrist whose patients are all adolescents and young adults. This means I am concerned about the short-term impact of marijuana …

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