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Medical Cannabis for Psychiatric Indications: What Physicians Need to Know
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Event Schedule: The live broadcast will take place on July 16, 2024, 3:00 - 4:30pm ET

In the event you are unable to attend the Live Webinar after registering, please reach out to our team at to obtain access to the recording (free of charge).


  • APA Members - $25
  • Non-Members - $45
  • Resident Fellow Members - $25
  • Medical Student Members - $0

Emerging Topics Webinar Series

Stay up to date on important topics and trends impacting psychiatry by participating in APA's new Emerging Topics Webinar Series. Presented by specialists across the field, these monthly webinars will explore a range of diverse, pertinent topics and offer a chance to interact with peers and subject matter experts. 


The webinar will provide an overview of the neurobiological effects of cannabis and cannabinoids, and interaction with the endocannabinoid system. An update on the evidence for the use of medical cannabis for psychiatric indications (including anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression and psychosis) will be provided. The risks and potential therapeutic role of cannabinoids will be reviewed.


Live, interactive webinar

1.5 hours of virtual, synchronous learning.

This activity will consist of a live, online lecture (approximately 75 minutes), a question/answer session or discussion (15 minutes), followed by independent completion of an online survey to claim 1.5 CME credit.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the specific effects of cannabinoids and endocannabinoids
  • Appraise the strength of the evidence for the use of medical cannabis for psychiatric indications
  • Enumerate the risks associated with use of cannabinoids


  • Radhakrishnan R, Ranganathan M, D'Souza DC. Medical Marijuana: What Physicians Need to Know. J Clin Psychiatry. 2019 May 7;80(5):18ac12537. PMID: 31087827
  • Black N, Stockings E, Campbell G, Tran LT, Zagic D, Hall WD, Farrell M, Degenhardt L. Cannabinoids for the treatment of mental disorders and symptoms of mental disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Psychiatry. 2019 Dec;6(12):995-1010. PMID: 31672337
  • Radhakrishnan R, Ross DA. From "Azalla" to Anandamide: Distilling the Therapeutic Potential of Cannabinoids. Biol Psychiatry 2018 Jan 15;83(2):e27-e29. PMID: 29223222

Target Audience

Medical students, Residents/Fellows, Psychiatrists, Non-psychiatrist physicians

Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.5 hours
Program Start Date: July 16, 2024
Program End Date: July 16, 2024

Credit for this webinar must be claimed by September 15, 2024

Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in Q&A.

How to Earn Credit

After evaluating the program, participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.


  • Rajiv Radhakrishnan, MBBS, MD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging


  • Rajiv Radhakrishnan, MBBS, MD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
  • Vishal Madaan, MD, APA Deputy Medical Director, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

For assistance: Contact for questions about this activity

Availability: No future session
Expires on 09/15/2024
Cost: Member: $25.00
Non-Member: $45.00
Medical Student: $0.00
Resident Fellow Member: $25.00
Credit Offered:
1.5 CME Credits
1.5 COP Credits
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