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10 Contact hours CPE: $149
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Course is available online from June 2019 through June 2020

Estimated time to complete activity: 10 hours

If you are a medical group or network and need multi-seat pricing, please call 844.411.0500 x814

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs pharmacists involved in the care of patients who are considering using medical marijuana as part of their care plan in States that recognize marijuana as a medical treatment.

Program Overview

The activity is an educational overview of medical cannabis in its current legal context in the US. Currently there are 2.1 million registered medical marijuana patients and there are an estimated 3.5 million patients using medical marijuana nationwide. The constantly changing legal environment in which cannabis can be used in the United States has resulted in confusion for both physicians and patients. Currently, 33 states have legalized medical marijuana and 10 states have also legalized recreational marijuana. Due to the lack of knowledge of the legality of discussing medical marijuana, physicians, nurses and pharmacists are hesitant to discuss with their patients. The lack of communication between the patient and physician can lead to the patient self-medicating with no guidance from a medical professional.

Learning Outcomes

To have the knowledge to be able to discuss medical marijuana with a patient and determine if cannabinoids should be included in their treatment plan based on information that addresses current studies, legal developments, historical context, interaction with the Endocannabinoid System and side effects associated with marijuana use.

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Program Agenda

  • Module 1: History and Legal Landscape
  • Module 2: The Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System
  • Module 3: The Endocannabinoid System
  • Module 4: Cannabinoids and Terpenes
  • Module 5: Studies on Therapeutic Uses
  • Module 6: Cannabis and Opioids in Chronic Pain Treatment
  • Module 7: Side Effects and Chronic Effects

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Interpret the legal context in which cannabis can be discussed with a patient and how states can have legalized medical marijuana even though it is recognized as a federally illegal substance.
  • Compare and relate the historical medicinal uses of marijuana to modern resurgence in patient use of medical marijuana.
  • Explain why there is a lack of clinical studies due to Schedule I classification of marijuana.
  • Summarize and explain the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System and how its discovery has led to further research into how cannabinoids interact with the receptors.
  • Summarize the function of the Endocannabinoid System in the regulation of the body through a vast network of receptors involved in maintaining homeostasis, neuroprotection, and other regulatory functions.
  • Discuss and interpret how cannabinoids and terpenes affect the Endocannabinoid receptor system.
  • Assess pros and cons of cannabinoids and their effects on the symptoms of ailments such as anxiety, chronic pain, epilepsy, gastrointestinal disorders, neurodegenerative illnesses, post-traumatic stress and migraines.
  • Evaluate the current research studies regarding opioids versus cannabinoids in the treatment of the symptoms of chronic pain.
  • Discuss side effects and contraindications of medicinal cannabis and safety concerns with its use.
  • Identify signs of abuse, misuse and chronic effects of marijuana use.

Pharmacy Credit

Medical Education Resources (MER) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. MER designates this continuing education activity for 10 contact hour(s) (1.0 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. (Universal Program Number – 0816-9999-19-132-H01-P)

This activity is certified as knowledge-based CPE.

Course is available online from June 2019 through June 2020

Estimated time to complete activity: 10 hours

If you are a medical group or network and need multi-seat pricing, please call 844.411.0500 x814

10 Contact hours CPE: $149
Enroll Now

Course Materials

  • 10 contact hour(s) (1.0 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • Instant access to all course materials
  • Printable and downloadable infographics
  • All research materials used for the online course
  • Lifetime, unlimited access
  • 24/7 access
  • No time limits
  • Start anytime
  • Work on your own time and at your own pace
  • Affordably priced

Medical Cannabis Handbook now Available


Helps healthcare professionals to navigate the maze of information and disinformation about medical cannabis

Written for all healthcare professionals who are considering including medical cannabis in their treatment plans, this is the first handbook to disseminate all the information needed to advise patients safely and legally. Replete with evidence-based guidelines firmly grounded in the most up-to-date research, this resource covers the historical, legal, and biological context of medical cannabis so healthcare professionals can confidently discuss possible plans with their patients.

Medical Cannabis Handbook for Healthcare Professionals delves into the biology of the endocannabinoid system addressing how cannabis interacts with the body, its effects and side effects, and how to manage cannabis-drug interactions. Chapters discuss in detail how to talk to patients, what language providers can and cannot use, protocols for patient-centered dosing, and the variety of available cannabinoid pharmaceuticals. Based on the latest research, this book demonstrates the efficacy of cannabis in treating a broad range of symptoms and conditions. Written for any healthcare professional who might have to answer patient questions about medical cannabis, this handbook dispels common myths and confirms little-known facts about medical cannabis.


  • Delivers the most up-to-date, evidence-based research on medical cannabis to enhance understanding of this complex topic
  • Provides historical, legal, and biological content so that healthcare providers can confidently discuss medical cannabis with patients
  • Dispels common cannabis myths and misinformation
  • Discusses pain management regarding cannabis and opioids
  • Co-published with Medical Marijuana 411, the leading medical cannabis education provider to offer online CME, CPE and CNE courses to health professionals worldwide; and required certifications for dispensary consultants.
  • Free shipping in the continental U.S.


Dr. Gregory Smith


Dr. Gregory Smith has been in primary care practice for over 30 years. He is board certified in Preventive Medicine and obtained his MPH from Harvard University. He first trained on the use of medical cannabis in 2000 in California. He has written extensively on the subject, including his popular textbook, “Medical Cannabis: Basic Science and Clinical Applications” published in 2016, and more recently “Cannabidiol, CBD: What you need to know.” And most recently in 2019, “THCV: Appetite Killer.”

Dr. Kevin Smith


Dr. Kevin Smith has also been in primary care practice for over 30 years.  He is board certified in Preventive Medicine and obtained his MPH from Yale University.  He trained on the use of medical Cannabis several years ago and has been very active in educating physicians and other medical professionals.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

It is the policy of Medical Education Resources to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. In accordance with this policy, MER identifies conflicts of interest with its instructors, content managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Conflicts are resolved by MER to ensure that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a continuing education activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

This activity is jointly provided by Medical Education Resources and Medical Marijuana 411.