A Resource for Health Professionals
The use of and exposure to marijuana in pediatric populations has risen over the past several years as more states legalize the substance for recreational use. Health professionals are encouraged to follow the guidance below to help navigate discussions with patients and families.
What is Marijuana? posted on Aug 1, 2019
Products and Methods of Use posted on Aug 1, 2019
Epidemiology posted on Aug 1, 2019
Clinical Symptoms posted on Aug 1, 2019
Laboratory Testing posted on Aug 1, 2019
Treatment posted on Aug 1, 2019
Why should we be concerned about adolescent use? posted on Aug 1, 2019
What are the concerns of maternal use during pregnancy and breastfeeding? posted on Aug 1, 2019
Strategies for Prevention posted on Aug 1, 2019
How can we prevent adolescent marijuana use? posted on Aug 1, 2019
What are ways we can prevent mothers from using marijuana during pregnancy and post-delivery? posted on Aug 1, 2019
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Additional Resources for Health Professionals
- Health Effects of Marijuana
Information on how marijuana impacts one's health.
- The Impact of Marijuana Policies on Youth: Clinical, Research, and Legal Update
Policy Statement on marijuana policies and their impact.
- Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Implications for Neonatal and Childhood Outcomes
Clinical report on how marijuana's impact during pregnancy and when breastfeeding.
- Counseling Parents and Teens About Marijuana Use in the Era of Legalization of Marijuana
Clinical report with tips for talking to parents and teens about marijuana.
- National Classroom eLearning Modules:
- Grand Rounds: Marijuana and its Impact on Pediatric Populations
This webinar was presented by George Sam Wang, MD, FAAP (PEHSU Region 8) on August 26, 2015. Web-on-demand available.
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The information contained on this website should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your/your child’s primary care provider. There may be variations in treatment that your provider may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
This webpage was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSUs by providing partial funding to CDC/ATSDR through an Inter-Agency Agreement. The findings and conclusions presented have not been formally disseminated by CDC/ATSDR or EPA and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy. Use of trade names that may be mentioned is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the CDC/ATSDR or EPA.
Last updated: August 2021