Looking at the Health Effects of Marijuana Use

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On the next Line One, host Dr. Thad Woodard and a guest look at marijuana legalization from a medical perspective. Photo by NPR.

Dr. Woodard and guest psychiatrist Dr Doris Gundersen will discuss the medical side of the marijuana legalization debate. What does the science say? What’s been the health impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado? How is marijuana used as a medicine?

Listen now:

HOST: Thad Woodard, MD

GUEST: 

  • Doris C. Gundersen, MD, medical director at the Colorado Physician Health Program; president, Federation of State Physician Health Programs; assistant clinical professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado

LINKS:

  • The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact, Vol. 2, August 2014, report from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
  • “The Adverse Effects of Marijuana Use,” review by Dr. Nora D. Volkow and Dr. Ruben D. Baler
  • Colorado Physician Health Program – The Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) is a nonprofit organization, independent of other medical organizations and the government. CPHP provides the peer assistance services for license physicians and physician assistants of Colorado. Peer assistance services aid individuals who have any problems that would affect ones’ health such as emotional, psychological or medical problems. For example, CPHP assists its clients with medical and/or psychiatric conditions (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, HIV infection, depression or substance abuse) as well as psychosocial conditions (e.g. family problems or stress related to work or professional liability difficulties)

LIVE BROADCAST: Monday, October 6, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. AKDT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Monday, October 6, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. AKDT

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Audio to be posted following broadcast.