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Workshop: Cannabis/THC Use Pregnancy and Young Motherhood

This workshop will describe and address the important role of the addiction psychiatrist in advising, educating and treating pregnant women and young mothers as well as educating the public and policymakers about the use of cannabis/THC/CBD during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Given the stark magnitude of the numbers of pregnant women and young mothers using cannabis and the lack of clarity among physicians and the public about the science of cannabis/THC/CBD use during this critical period, it will behoove addiction psychiatrists to learn about the current state-of-the -art science regarding cannabinoids from AAAP authority on the subject Kevin Hill, MD, and Nadejda Bespaloa, MD, an expert in perinatal psychiatry and Gregory Bunt, MD, an experienced addiction psychiatrist for pertinent clinical perspectives. Their presentations will be followed by an audience poll on the subject with an interactive question-and-answer period that promises to be vibrant and lively with a discussion of diverse professional opinions on this critically important subject.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will learn about the current scientific evidence and controversies about cannabis/THC use during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Participants will learn about clinical perspectives regarding cannabis/THC/CBD during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Participants will learn about viewpoints of their colleagues regarding cannabis/THC during pregnancy and breastfeeding
Keywords / Topics
  • Cannabis/THC
  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
Gregory Bunt, MD, Chairperson


Gregory Bunt M.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at NYU Medical Center . He is an ABPN Certified Addiction Psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of both ASAM and ISAM and a Past President of ISAM.

Kevin Hill, MD, Presenter


Dr. Kevin Hill is Director of Addiction Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He earned a Master’s in Health Science at the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the Yale School of Medicine. He most commonly treats patients who have problems with alcohol, cannabis, or opioids and has been named one of Boston Magazine’s Top Doctors for the past five years. He teaches medical students and physicians how to treat patients with addictions. He treats professional athletes from the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association, and the Boston Red Sox, as well as airline pilots. He is the Co-Chair of the NFL/NFL Players’ Association Pain Management Committee. The author of Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World’s Most Popular Weed (Hazelden 2015) and co-author of Medical Cannabis: An Evidence-Based Guide (Wolters-Kluwer 2020), Dr. Hill’s research interests include the development of medications to treat cannabis use disorder as well as cannabis policy, and he has published widely on these topics in such journals as JAMA, The American Journal of Psychiatry, JAMA Internal Medicine, and Lancet Psychiatry. He serves on the editorial boards of Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, the American Journal on Addictions and Frontiers in Public Health. 

Nadejda Bespalova, MD, Presenter


Nadejda Bespalova is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She completed general psychiatry residency at the NYU School of Medicine and an addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of Washington. Her interests include substance use disorders in the perinatal period, women's mental health, and medical student and resident education. 

Availability: On-Demand
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
0.75 CME Credit
0.75 Other Professionals Credit
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
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