Cannabis, or marijuana, has been used for medicinal purposes since 2737 BC. Despite the federal government endorsing the illegal status of this drug, patients have continued to obtain cannabis for medical purposes. Currently, eighteen states and the District of Columbia in the U.S. have laws that allow marijuana to be used for medicinal reasons (e.g., severe pain, muscle spasms, severe nausea). It is important for pharmacists to understand the characteristics and appropriate use of medical marijuana with more patients seeking this alternative therapy. This webinar will use an evidence-based approach to discuss the pharmacology, therapeutic uses, side effects, psychiatric implications, drug interactions, and various dosage forms of medical marijuana. Pharmacists need to know and be able to talk with patients about the risks and benefits of using medical marijuana.
Pharmacist Educational Objectives
– Review various dosage formulations of medical marijuana (MMJ) available to patients
-Describe the clinical pharmacology of botanical MMJ and its active components
-Evaluate and discuss clinical studies performed in patients with various conditions to determine the effectiveness of botanical MMJ
-Identify adverse effects, psychiatric implications, and potential drug interactions that may occur with the use of botanical MMJ
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