Tues., June 22, 2021 • 6:00pm PT • Live • Online
In conversation with Dr. Peter Banys
Cambridge University Press and the Royal College of Psychiatrists are proud to announce publication of From Bud to Brain: A Psychiatrist’s View of Marijuana, a new book that provides a detailed yet accessible overview of the science of marijuana.
The trend toward liberalizing medical and recreational marijuana use is increasing the obligation on clinicians to provide useful information to the public. From Bud to Brain summarizes the science all healthcare professionals need to know in order to provide objective and relevant information to a variety of patients, from recreational and medicinal users to those who use regularly, and to adolescents and worried parents. Dr. Cermak brings two and a half decades of studying cannabinoid research, and over forty years' experience in psychiatric and addiction medicine practice, to shed light on the interaction between marijuana and the brain. Topics range from how marijuana produces pleasurable sensations, relaxation and novelty (the 'high'), to emerging medical uses, effects of regular use, addiction, and policy. Principles of motivational interviewing are outlined to help clinicians engage patients in meaningful, non-judgmental conversations about their experiences with marijuana. From Bud to Brain is an invaluable guide for physicians, nurses, psychologists, therapists, and counsellors.
Dr. Timmen L. Cermak majored in philosophy at Ohio Wesleyan, graduated from Case Western Reserve Medical School in 1972 and completed psychiatric residency and a post-doctoral fellowship in neurophysiology at Stanford. He co-founded the National Association for Children of Alcoholics in 1982, is a Past-President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine and chairs the CSAM Task Force on Marijuana Policy. Dr. Cermak chaired the Youth Work Group for Lt. Governor Newsom’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy and serves on the Bureau of Cannabis Control’s Cannabis Advisory Committee, where he chairs the Public Health/Youth Subcommittee. He is also the author of Marijuana: What’s a Parent to Believe? He is currently finishing a book for the general public titled How Marijuana Works: The Science and Mystique of Cannabis. Dr. Cermak retired from his private practice of psychiatry in early 2021.
Dr. Peter Banys is a past president of the Californian Society of Addiction Medicine and directed the SF Veterans Hospital substance abuse services until beginning international public healthwork in Vietnam, where he established a system of methadone clinics, and in the Philippines, where he established a voluntary treatment center.