Cannabis and Opioids


About the Course
Interest in medical cannabis has exploded in recent years. As of June 2021, 36 states and 4 US territories have public programs that permit the sale of medical cannabis products. With more Americans turning to medical cannabis for symptom relief than ever before, healthcare professionals have a responsibility to further their education on this topic. At the very least, healthcare professionals should be able to discuss the potential risks and benefits of medical cannabis therapy with their patients.

This course provides up-to-date clinical and scientific information about medical cannabis that is of particular relevance to physicians, mid-level practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Learners will begin to appreciate the many different constituents of the cannabis plant and will be able to summarize the pharmacology of two major cannabinoids, tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol. Learners will also become acquainted with possible side effects and adverse effects associated with cannabis use, drug interactions, and routes of administration.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Summarize the neurobiological basis for cannabinoid opioid synergy.
  • Compare differences in cannabinoid and opioid pharmacologic action.
  • Explore current studies related to cannabis opioid synergy.
  • Explore current guideline recommendations for opioid reduction and discontinuation.

About the Author
Dr. Geoffrey Brown is a registered medical cannabis pharmacist in New York State and is founder of the cannabis Q+A website, He graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2018. His research has prompted coverage from the national advocacy group NORML and has been cited more than 40 times.

Activity Type - Knowledge-based
Target Audience – Pharmacists

How to Receive Credit

  • Read or view the entire course online or in print or which requires a 1-hour commitment of time. 
  • Depending on your profession you will either Affirm completion of this course or you will need to complete the final exam with a passing score of 75% or higher. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.  
  • Provide required personal and payment information. 
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation. 
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.  

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. (Provider #0607). 

Accreditations and Approvals
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.