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(Mid-Peninsula) Update on Marijuana: Benefits & Risks

  • Friday, October 18, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto


  • $10.00 attendance
    $10 per CEU (1.5 CEUS)

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Presenter:  Gordon Wong, MD

Description:  Dr. Gordon Wong gave an excellent introduction on the issues around marijuana use last year as this substance was now becoming legal in California. This presentation will be an update. Dr. Wong will point out that "successful use of cannabis in medicine is challenging and its usefulness that we hear about in the media is actually not very well proven. Due to its wide distribution in the body and that nearly every organ system has cannabis receptors, it is difficult to not have undesired side effects in both short and long term use. THC and CBD from plants as well as synthetic cannabis behave very differently and future studies should give clearer guidelines on how to use them effectively."

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Appreciate that cannabis affects nearly all organ systems in the body. It is " pharmacologically dirty" and therefore has myriad effects both desired and undesired.
  • Appreciate that cannabis has unique effects on the developing adolescent developing brain.
  • Understand that current evidence for medical cannabis use is restricted only to very limited clinical situations.

About the Presenter: Dr. Gordon Wong is a psychopharmacologist in private practice in Menlo Park. Last year Dr. Wong gave an excellent and very popular presentation to our group on "Marijuana, Health Risks and Benefits." He has agreed to return to give us an update with a closer look at some of the medical and scientific issues.


The meeting room is on the third floor next to the cafe with free parking below the building. Take the Main Elevator. Meeting time is 12-2:00 PM with the first 15 minutes reserved for signing in and networking. The presentation starts at 12:15 PM following announcements.

This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.

Attendance and Registration Policies  

  • Non-members of CSCSW will be charged: $10 admission
  • For CEU’s there will be an additional charge of: $10 per CEU ($15 for 1.5 CEU’s; $20 for 2 CEU’s)
  • CSCSW Members and students will continue to attend and receive CEUs for free

Cancellation Policy

  • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
  • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
  • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.


Joan Berman | berman.joan@gmail.com

Ginny Frederick | ginnyfred@aol.com

All clinical disciplines are welcome. ASWs, AMFTs, and APCCs with the approval of your supervisors, can use these educational credits toward your hours. To register and to sign up for membership or for more information contact info@clinicalsocialworksociety.org or Call 650-460-9210.

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