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Quick Takes 1 - Cannabis legalization October 2018

What all physicians need to know about cannabis legalization 

It’s October 17th, 2018 and effective today cannabis is now legal in Canada.

In this inaugural episode of Quick Takes: A podcast by physicians, for physicians, Dr. David Gratzer sits down with Dr. Jonathan Bertram to discuss the clinical consequences of legalized cannabis.

To quickly learn what you need to know to screen, assess and treat your patients who present with cannabis intoxication – as well as get valuable insight into history gathering, and dealing with new or existing patients thinking about cannabis as a treatment – use your next 11 minutes to listen and learn.


This episode covers the following:

  • How acute cannabis intoxication presents [00:01:09 - 00:03:09]
  • The importance of taking a substance use history [00:03:09 - 00:03:48] and [00:05:46 - 00:06:50]
  • Treating the intoxicated state [00:03:49 - 00:04:45]
  • Cannabis use disorders [00:04:46 - 00:05:45]
  • Treating patients with medical cannabis [00:06:50 - 00:09:35]
  • One minute of rapid fire questions [00:09:35 - 00:10:54]


Episode 1 Quick Clips: An in-depth discussion


About this episode's guest:

Dr. Jonathan Bertram is an Addictions Medicine Physician at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) with a special interest in First Nations Outreach & Older Adults population in the context of Pain & Addictions Treatment. 

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Quick Takes 1 - Cannabis legalization October 2018

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Cannabis guidance

Lower-risk cannabis use guidelines from CAMH and Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse
  - Lower-risk cannabis use guidelines: A comprehensive update of evidence and recommendations - Scientific version from the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH)
  - LRCUG Update and revisions from the CRISM website
  - LRCUG Evidence brief PDF 
  - 10 ways to reduce your risk when using cannabis - PDF of the public brochure version
  - The Blunt Truth: Useful tips about safer ways to use cannabis PDF 

Authorizing dried cannabis for chronic pain or anxiety: Preliminary guidance
(College of Family Physicians of Canada)

Other resources mentioned by Dr. Bertram are coming in 2018-2019 from 
  - The Centre for Effective Practice (CEP)
  - The Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health (CCSMH)