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CPD50m of CPD
Total Rating(s)406
First Published
Updated23 January 2020
Expires 23 January 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

Although cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia, it is known to have therapeutic indications for use in specific health circumstances. This Course reviews the pharmacology and efficacy of medicinal cannabis.

  • How does medicinal cannabis work?
  • What are its effects?
  • What evidence is available for its potential use?
  • What are the contraindications?

Recent changes to legislation mean that nurses and other health professionals are likely to experience increased questioning and potential patient demand for medicinal cannabis-based products. The evidence base for the use of medical cannabis is currently incomplete and constantly evolving – therefore there is a need for ongoing research and education in this area.

Recent systematic reviews and meta-analyses indicate that there is some therapeutic potential of medical cannabis, however, further research and trials are warranted. There is a need for education that explains the pharmacological effects of medical cannabis and the implications for certain therapeutic situations.


The purpose of this Course is to develop an understanding of the modes of action, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of cannabis and how the drug works from a pharmacological perspective and investigate the evidence for and against its proclaimed efficacy in a variety of conditions.

Learning Outcomes
  • Health professionals will be able to make informed decisions from a pharmacological viewpoint regarding the prescription of cannabis for medicinal use.
Target Audience

This Course is designed to enhance the knowledge of registered nurses and various other health professionals with respect to the pharmacology and efficacy of medicinal cannabis.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Louis Roller

Louis Roller has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University for 56 years. He was on the Pharmacy Board of Victoria for 22 years and has significantly contributed to many editions of various pharmaceutical compendia, including the Therapeutic Guidelines. He has been and is on the editorial board of the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook and has contributed significantly to all three editions of Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. He is the author of hundreds of scientific and professional articles and has a passion for evidence-based knowledge and writes articles on disease state management. He lectures to pharmacists, medical practitioners, nurses, podiatrists and optometrists on a variety of therapeutic topics, as well as the University of the Third Age on various medication-related issues. He still lectures to pharmacy undergraduates on a number of topics. He has particular interests in drug interactions and pharmacogenomics and William Shakespeare. He has served as a committee member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Victorian Branch since 2008. In 2012, he was made a life member of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association and, in 2014, he was awarded the life-long achievement award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. His current activities include singing in a choir, visiting schools about bullying (Courage to Care), and giving talks to U3A groups and appropriate aged-care accommodation groups. He is a proud member of the Australian Skeptics. See Educator Profile

Learner Reviews

406 Total Rating(s)
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Nickolas Sorensen
06 Apr 2020


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Henry Clark
05 Apr 2020

An excellent and thorough summary of current understanding and evidence surrounding medicinal cannabis prescription and use.

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Jo-Ann Gay McRae
04 Apr 2020

I enjoyed the course a real lot actually it was excellent with real good resources.I would recommend the course to anyone

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Tracey Nasveld
03 Apr 2020

The educator was informative and had a great knowledge of the topic. Explained in a manner that was concise but informative. Provided further readings to follow up the topic with further readings

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Claire Buckmaster
03 Apr 2020


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Julie wells
02 Apr 2020

The course was very informative and not to complicated to understand, also interesting enough to do further education in this area

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Virginia O'Bree
02 Apr 2020

Very informative.

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kamaljit kaur
01 Apr 2020


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angela kelehear
01 Apr 2020

Excellent detailed overview of medicinal cannabis

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Chloe Cain
01 Apr 2020

good resource