Cannabis Induced Psychosis: Recent Trends in Cannabis Use (CE Broker Tracking #20-1049376)

  • Friday, September 15, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


  • Undergrad/Graduate Programs
  • Undergrad/Graduate Programs


Friday, September 15th

10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

Online via Zoom


John Puls, LCSW, MCAP

John Puls began working with individuals suffering from substance use disorder and acute mental illness in 2013 in a support staff role. During this time, John completed his bachelor’s degree in social work from Florida Atlantic University while working as a case manager. John was accepted to the advanced standing master’s in a social work program at Florida Atlantic University and is currently a licensed clinical social worker. While working as a primary therapist in a residential substance use disorder facility, John became a master's level certified addiction professional (MCAP) through the Florida Certification Board. Additionally, John is passionate about educating social work students and serves as an adjunct professor at the School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University. John owns a private psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and case management practice in Boca Raton, FL.


Cannabis is the most used substance nationwide after tobacco and alcohol (NIH. Approximately 16 million Americans report regularly using cannabis (NIH). The vast majority of cannabis users begin using during their teenage years (NIH). Problems have arisen with the broad legalization of pot, including a failure to account for increased toxicity and the dangerous effects on early teens and young adults. Rapid increases in anxiety, paranoia, and psychosis-related hospitalizations from cannabis are causing alarm.

Cannabis has been shown to increase early-onset schizophrenia by 3 years. As well, the spectrum of psychotic disorders, including schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder, brief psychotic disorder, delusional disorder, and substance-induced psychotic disorder have been stark and concerning. Cannabis is found to be linked to the onset of bipolar disorder with psychotic features and increases in the onset of symptoms of mania.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understanding and discussing the trends and increase in cannabis use amongst adolescents and young adults.
  2. Understanding and discussing the difference between traditional cannabis and high concentrate THC oil.
  3. Understanding the impact of chronic cannabis use on anxiety, depressive disorders, and reduction of social and occupational functioning.
  4. Understanding the correlation of cannabis use related to early-onset psychosis and initial psychotic breaks.
  5. Understanding and discussing interventions of cannabis use disorder and how to treat it.


$10 for Counseling Students. 

$20 for SFACC Clinical

$30 for non‑SFACC members.  

Free for affiliate members/pastors.

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Affiliate membership is free for Pastors, Church Ministry Leaders, Lay Counselors, Marriage Mentors, non‑licensed counselors, and retired counselors.

Partnered with the National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE).

This workshop has been approved for 2 (General) hours of continuing education with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling and the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking #20-1049376 (CE Broker Provider BAP #820).  

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