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Hours: 5 Contact Hours
Author(s): Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC
Peer Reviewer(s): Mary Elaine Southard, DNP, RN, MSN, APHN-BC, HWNC-BC
Item#: Y8051
Contents: 1 Course Book (102 pages)
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Medicinal Marijuana

Price $20.95
Item # Y8051
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Start Date: April 16, 2018

Expiration Date: March 20, 2021

The emerging climate of medical marijuana now calls for healthcare professionals to be knowledgeable of the plant and its inherent characteristics. State regulatory challenges differ and in order to guide patients who often have questions related to the risk/benefits of this plant, pharmacists need to understand the different extractions and their properties. The course highlights the botanical perspective and strives to teach pharmacists about the plant and its origin in healthcare. This information is foundational in better understanding the medical applications of cannabis.

Course Highlights:

  • Recreational versus medicinal use
  • Botanical background and cultural history
  • The endocannabinoid system and FDA-approved cannabinoids
  • Therapeutic uses and clinical research
  • Federal and state marijuana laws
  • Cannabis use disorder
  • Prescribing considerations for patients using medicinal marijuana
Universal Activity Number (UAN) - 0607-0000-18-051-H01-P
Type of Activity - Knowledge
Topic Designator - 01

Course Objectives

  • Distinguish medicinal marijuana (Cannabis sativa) from recreational marijuana and the use of hemp.
  • Discuss the state of pharmaceutical drug development from the marijuana plant and its potential applications in nursing care, behavioral health, and medical treatment.
  • Summarize the state of the science concerning the best clinical research evidence for use of marijuana in the treatment of disease, including supportive and complementary care.
  • Identify the current status of legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use and its impact on healthcare systems.
  • Review the emerging issues for community health and education related to marijuana use and the expansion of legalization/decriminalization for medicinal and recreational purposes.

Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC, received her Bachelor of Science in Education from New York University, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and her doctorate in Humanities - Health Care History from Oxford Brooks University in Oxford, England. Dr. Libster is an award-winning historian of seven books including two histories about American 19th century healthcare reform, religion, and nursing. She is known internationally for her pioneering work and book publications on integrative nursing and nurse-herbalism beginning with the release of Demonstrating Care: The Art of Integrative Nursing (2000, Delmar Thomson Learning) and her encyclopedic Integrative Herb Guide for Nurses (2002). She is founding director of the Global Tea House, an international forum for dialogue in health culture diplomacy, and editor of Perspectives in Cultural Diplomacy. Her work focuses on primary health care, education, and research with communities that seek to incorporate nonpharmacological, cost-effective, accessible traditional healing solutions, such as traditional Chinese and Western herbal remedies, with emerging science in their approach to stress, mental illness, and common health concerns particularly in infants and young children. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, and is on the American Botanical Council Advisory Board.

Mary Elaine Southard, DNP, RN, MSN, APHN-BC, HWNC-BC, is a national and international leader, educator, author, and clinician in integrative health and nurse coaching whose 40-year career has spanned varied healthcare settings and diverse populations. Dr. Southard holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Misericordia University, a Master of Science in Nursing in adult health and illness with a concentration in oncology from the University of Pennsylvania, a post master’s certificate as a holistic nurse practitioner from New York University, and a doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Minnesota in integrative health and healing. She holds a diploma in clinical homeopathy from the Center for Development and Education of Homeopathy. A national leader in holistic/integrative nursing, Dr. Southard is board certified as an advanced practice holistic nurse and nurse coach and past board member of the American Holistic Nursing Credentialing Corporation. Her research focuses on using the Omaha System in nurse coaching as a key to practice, documentation, and information management. Dr. Southard is an adjunct faculty member at Marywood University in Scranton, PA, and in the graduate nursing program at the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY. Dr. Southard also maintains a private integrative consulting and coaching practice in Scranton, PA.

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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