Dr. Selene Etches, Dalhousie University

Dr. Selene Etches, Dalhousie University

Cannabis & Substance Abuse

What do you know about your body’s endocannabinoid system? How is it affected by cannabis? This session will focus on all of this and more including an overview of cannabis and methods of cannabis intake, the epidemiology of cannabis use disorders, synthetic cannabinoids, cannabis intoxication and withdrawal symptoms.  Additionally we will cover what can happen if a person drives while taking cannabis, the mental health and cognitive effects of cannabis in adolescence, psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatments of cannabis use disorders and the potential therapeutic benefits.   

ABOUT Dr. Selene Etches

Dr. Selene Etches is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Medical Director of the IWK Concurrent Disorders Program in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University. She obtained her MD at the University of Toronto, her psychiatry degree at Dalhousie University, and completed further fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.  Her time is split between working as an emergency and hospital inpatient consultant liaison psychiatrist, as well as physician lead of the Concurrent Disorders Specific Care Clinic at the IWK. She is also involved in teaching psychiatry and pediatric residents and medical students at Dalhousie University. Current research interests include outcome evaluations of patients with concurrent disorders, risk and protective factors in adolescent substance users (particularly the impact of past trauma), sleep disturbances in substance users, primary prevention programs, tertiary program development, and staff/family/community education modalities.