Last updated on: 3/28/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Tauheed Zaman, MD Biography

Title:
Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Several studies have shown that cannabis use may in fact exacerbate or hasten the onset of psychiatric illnesses… This includes the contribution of marijuana to symptoms of mood disorders, anxiety and psychosis, particularly in young adulthood. Cannabis use is associated with the emergence of mood disorders, particularly symptoms of bipolar disorder, among those with a family history of mood disorder. Among those with a predisposition to psychotic disorders, cannabis may hasten the emergence of both positive and negative psychotic symptoms…

Cannabis use is associated with increased depression, suicidal ideation, use of other substances and risky behavior among adolescents. Regular adolescent cannabis use is also associated with increased incidence of anxiety disorders. Cannabis use significantly increases the risk of psychotic disorders among young adults… These findings are of particular concern as symptoms often persist into adulthood, and therefore cannabis use may increase the risk of lifelong symptoms and disability due to mental illness.”

“Resource Document on Marijuana as Medicine,” psych.org, Oct. 2013

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
     Key Experts
Physicians [Physicians are the "key experts" in the medical marijuana debate because the issue is thought by many to be ultimately based on the medical value and risks of marijuana, and Physicians, with their training and clinical work, should (at least in theory) have the best knowledge of marijuana's medical value and risks.] [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Clinical Fellow, Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Contributor, CARS (Computerized Assessment and Referral System)
Education:
  • MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, 2010
  • BA, English and Biology, Tufts University
Other:
  • Received his medical license on Dec. 5, 2012
  • Also known as Mohammed T. Zaman