Medicinal Cannabis: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know - JA0008057-0000-19-366-H04-P

Medicinal Cannabis: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know

by Carey S. Clark, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, RYT
(4.4 / 67 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Pharmacy (1.50 Contact Hr)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


This course prepares the healthcare professional with a basic overview of cannabis as medicine. Contents include a brief history of cannabis use and prohibition, safety-ethical-legal concerns, the human endocannabinoid system, an overview of the cannabis plant components, and cannabis as an evidence-based medicine. Learners will explore ways cannabis can be ingested, dosing approaches, side effects, and medication interactions. Implications for various healthcare professions are explored, and professional guidelines, ethics, and advocacy are highlighted.


The goal of this course is to prepare members of the interprofessional team with a basic overview of cannabis as medicine including a brief history of cannabis use and prohibition, safety-ethical-legal concerns, the human endocannabinoid system, an overview of the cannabis plant components, and cannabis as an evidence-based medicine. Upon completion, participants will be able to do the following:
  • Review the history of cannabis prohibition.
  • Briefly discuss the endocannabinoid system and how holistic-integrative modalities support endocannabinoid system health.
  • Discuss functional aspects of utilizing cannabis as a therapeutic modality including the entourage effect of its components, ingestion methods, dosing, and recreational vs medicinal use of cannabis including pertinent medication interactions, side effects and other safety issues.
  • Examine the available evidence around effectiveness of medicinal cannabis for specific disease issues.
  • Review legal-ethical issues related to specific state laws and state practice acts related to cannabis and how these issues impact the interprofessional team.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, physicians, physicians assistants, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, EMTs/paramedics, dietitians/nutritionists.
Pharmacists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # 50-1489).
Type of Activity: Knowledge

Course Originally Released on: 8/30/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/1/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Sherri V - Toledo, IA  ·  Sep 08, 2019
very interesting- had no idea that the ESC system exists
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Joy G - Henderson, NV  ·  Aug 11, 2019
The course provides a great overview of Cannabis. A great starting point for healthcare professionals wanting to advocate for, provide education as well as support patients choosing this as a treatment modality.
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Celia D - ,  ·  Aug 01, 2019
So educational and informative
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Barbara Jeane K - West Chester, PA  ·  Aug 01, 2019
did not know much before course
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Camellia C - Skowhegan, ME  ·  Jul 28, 2019
Helpful information to gain a basic understanding of the use of cannabis in medicine. Also nice to have other resources provided to continue to expand my scope of knowledge on this topic.
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00