Cannabis—Facts and Fiction: An Addiction Medicine Perspective

Cannabis is one of the most commonly used substances of abuse in the United States. Current research, recommendations and state laws on cannabis and cannabidiol medical and recreational use are continuously changing. During this course, Dr. Kevin Wandler, chief medical officer of Advanced Recovery Systems, will cover up-to-date research, clinical recommendations and Florida statutes as they relate to the medical and recreational use, misuse and addiction of cannabis. 

Baptist Health South Florida has partnered with Advanced Recovery Systems to provide integrated behavioral healthcare management for the treatment of addiction and substance abuse in South Florida.

Target Audience

Primary Care Physicians, Family Practice Physicians, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Internal Medicine Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Psychiatrists, Psychologists (instructional level: intermediate) and other interested clinical care providers.

Baptist Health South  Florida is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Baptist Health South Florida maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate cannabis use through the neurobiological model of addiction.
  • Examine Florida’s cannabis laws and their impact on cannabis use, misuse and addiction. 
  • Describe current research on cannabis and cannabidiol for both medical and recreational use. 
  • Implement strategies in clinical practice that align with the major medical associations’ and societies’ perspectives of medical cannabis. 
Additional information
  • Struble, C. A., Ellis, J. D., Cairncross, M., Lister, J. J., & Lundahl, L. H. (2019). Demographic, Cannabis Use, and Depressive Correlates of Cannabis Use Consequences in Regular Cannabis Users. The American Journal on Addictions, 28(4), 295-302.
  • Buckner, J. D., Zvolensky, M. J., Businelle, M. S., & Gallagher, M. W. (2018). Direct and indirect effects of false safety behaviors on cannabis use and related problems. The American journal on addictions, 27(1), 29-34.
  • Sherman, B. J., McRae‐Clark, A. L., Baker, N. L., Sonne, S. C., Killeen, T. K., Cloud, K., & Gray, K. M. (2017). Gender differences among treatment‐seeking adults with cannabis use disorder: Clinical profiles of women and men enrolled in the achieving cannabis cessation—evaluating N‐acetylcysteine treatment (ACCENT) study. The American journal on addictions, 26(2), 136-144.
  • Walsh, Z., Gonzalez, R., Crosby, K., Thiessen, M. S., Carroll, C., & Bonn-Miller, M. O. (2017). Medical cannabis and mental health: a guided systematic review. Clinical psychology review, 51, 15-29.
  • Spindle, T. R., Bonn-Miller, M. O., & Vandrey, R. (2019). Changing landscape of cannabis: novel products, formulations, and methods of administration. Current opinion in psychology, 30, 98-102.
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Psychology CE
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Psychology
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Kevin Wandler, M.D., Dip ABAM, F.APA
Chief Medical Officer, Advanced Recovery Systems
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Kevin Wandler, M.D.,  faculty of this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose and has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.  

Barry Crown, Ph.D., conference director of this educational activity, non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationship to disclose with ineligible companies.*

*Ineligible companies -- Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Disclosure Policy and Disclaimer

Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Psychology CE
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Psychology
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