November 29, 2023 | Cannabis Use and Psychosis in Adolescents | ME SUD Learning Community



November 29, 2023 | 12:00-1:00pm


This presentation will explore cannabis use among adolescents and risk factors for developing either psychotic symptoms or a psychotic illness with use during adolescence, including the risk of high potency THC, the general perception that these substances are ‘natural’ and without risk, and data around the dose dependent relationship between THC use and development of psychosis.


  • Evaluate some data about current substance use among adolescents
  • Recognize some of the processes that THC and CBD influence natural cannabinoid receptors in the body
  • Explore one theory of how THC may create a predisposition to psychosis
  • Examine how tobacco and cannabis industries are influencing adolescent behaviors
  • Analyze some case examples of cannabis use and development of psychosis and psychotic illness


Presenter: Amy Mayhew, MD, MPH
Dr. Mayhew completed her master’s degree in Public Health from Tulane University in New Orleans, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal as part of her master’s program. She earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry in Rochester, NY. She completed a residency in Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, followed by a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry from Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, MA. She is Board certified in both Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Mayhew is now the Clinical Director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic at Maine Medical Center, as well as the PIER Program for early psychosis.

Prescribing clinicians and their teams

Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this regularly scheduled series for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Nurses and Nurse Practitioners will be awarded a certificate of participation with a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢.

Contact Hours
1 contact hour for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals.
1 Category I contact hour for psychologists. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1 contact hour for Alcohol and Drug Counselors pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
1 contact hour CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.