Details
CPD50m of CPD
Rating
4.6
Total Rating(s)268
Published05 November 2018
Updated11 March 2019
Reviewed26 July 2019
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.

Topics include:

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

Target audience

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

Purpose

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.

Need

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Disclosure

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.

Educator

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Louis Roller

Details
CPD50m of CPD
Rating
4.6
Total Rating(s)268
Published05 November 2018
Updated11 March 2019
Reviewed26 July 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Medication Safety
Medications
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Mental Health
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4.6

268 Total Rating(s)

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Helen Harvison
23 Jun 2019

Very informative . Thank you

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Ann Elizabeth Higgins
19 Jun 2019

Very informative, controversial and interesting subject.

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Mary Busby
15 Jun 2019

I undertook this course to get a greater understanding of the medicinal cannabis as I'd heard mixed reviews on the drug. I have heard how it has helped many children with epilepsy and assisted people with multiple sclerosis, which is great relief and resource for these conditions.

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Raven Budarick
12 Jun 2019

A

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Craig Peters
01 Jun 2019

Very interesting and informative

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Felicity Jenkins
01 Jun 2019

Interesting

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Julie clutterbuck
31 May 2019

Very interesting and informative.

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Margaret Muir
31 May 2019

Cannabis and the uses

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Mark James
31 May 2019

Excellent

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Lenore Lenore
31 May 2019

Informative course