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Myth Busting: Youth Cannabis Use

February 12, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Myth Busting: What the research evidence actually says about the effects of youth cannabis use on the developing brain

Did you know that Canadian youth use marijuana more than any other illicit drug? In fact, our young people use marijuana more than any other country in the developed world and many youth view marijuana to be harmless. The ongoing public debate makes it difficult to know what the truths are and what the myths are about the harms of marijuana use.

If you are interested in what the latest research actually says, consider registering for this Vancouver panel presentation.

Friday, February 12, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

Have you ever wondered:

  • If young people are more at risk using marijuana than adults?
  • How marijuana affects brain development, behaviour and motivation? 
  • If there is a link between marijuana and mental illness?
  • If marijuana is addictive?
  • What treatment options are available for teens who are addicted to marijuana or those struggling to control regular use?

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, with support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, invites you to attend a panel presentation that will address these questions and share key findings from our new report, The Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescence.

Panelists with expertise in medicine, neuroscience, and youth developmental and psychosocial well-being will discuss the myths youth hold about marijuana and will outline what we conclusively know, what is still not known, and where the research evidence is emerging in relation to the effects of regular cannabis use on the developing brain.

This session will be of interest to anyone who works with youth, including public health units and regional health authorities, community health centres, youth drug prevention and advocacy workers, healthcare providers, addiction and mental health specialists, treatment organizations, and educators. The session will include time to discuss the implications of these findings for your work, so please bring questions! 


Dr. Franco Vaccarino
President, Professor of Psychology, University of Guelph


Dr. Joy Johnson
Professor, Faculty of Health Science, Vice-President Research, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Michael Krausz
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

Dr. Marco Leyton
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

There will be limited seating at this event; registration is required. The event will take place in English.

This event is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.



The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse


Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BRITISH COLUMBIA V6B 1L6 Canada
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