July 25, 2018

Cannabis legalization and youth


Some of the most hotly debated aspects of legalized marijuana centre around our youth. How does cannabis use affect adolescent brains? What do parents need to know, given the legal consumption ages established by provincial governments?

Experts from UCalgary’s Cumming School of Medicine examine the scientific evidence we have so far on cannabinoids and adolescent brain development, and who might be at most risk. Learn why a public health approach to legalized cannabis is vital, and get practical advice on navigating the new realities of mainstream marijuana.


About the speakers

Dr. Matthew Hill, PhD, is an associate professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Anatomy and Psychiatry in the Cumming School of Medicine and a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education. Matt's research seeks to understand the mechanisms by which exposure to stress causes changes in neural functioning and behaviour, with a particular emphasis on anxiety.

Dr. Rebecca Haines-Saah, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine. She also co-leads the Population Health and Prevention Interest Group in the O’Brien Institute for Public Health. Trained as a Health Sociologist, her research examines adolescent mental health and substance use through the lens of a critical public health approach. Much of Rebecca’s current research focuses on youth cannabis use and the public health policy implications of cannabis legalization in Canada.