Pharmacy: Medicinal Marijuana

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About Course #Y8051

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.

About the Author

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).

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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