Did you go to medical school back when cannabis was a drug of abuse? Do you wish you understood the pharmacology underneath the hype? Do you want to know more about the endocannabinoid system than the fact it exists? Curious about terpenes? This is the course that should have been taught in your pharmacology class but wasn't. This is the course that will help you council your patients to start using cannabis rather than to stop. This is the course that will teach you how to dose this vague and variable medication.
If you didn't even go to medical school, you are still welcome to join us. This class will be taught at an advanced level. You will not be expected to have any cannabis knowledge, but will be expected to have some knowledge of basic science and stats. All healthcare professionals and dedicated science nerds are welcome.
1. Marijuana as Medicine - a brief overview of the history of marijuana and its journey from medicine to contraband to drugs and back again.
2. Cannabinoids - CBD is famous, THC infamous, but what about CBN, CBL, THCA, THCV and the rest of the team? Learn about their medical value in isolation as well part of this synergistic team.
3. Endocannabinoid system - You have heard about the endocannabinoid system. Now learn what it actually is and does!
4. Terpenes - These subtle little molecules pack an incredible punch. Science has barely scratched the surface of these powerful supporting players. We will take a look at what we know so far.
5. Cannabis by diagnosis - reviewing the evidence for disease specific states, including cancer, HIV, PTSD, sexual abuse, TBI, fibromyalgia, hepatitis, pain, migraines.
6. Diffuse endocannabinoid deficiency - now that the endocannabinoid system has been discovered, it is becoming apparent that there can also be a deficiency of this system. It is thought to include several of the difficult to diagnose/difficult to treat syndromes including IBS, migraines and fibromyalgia. This section will look at some old disease with a fresh perspective.
7. Adverse effects - although effects are low, the few have garnered sensational attention. From popcorn lung to cannabis hyperemesis syndrome, these emerging problems will be examined.
8. Dosing guidelines - practical advise for prescribing a medication that has no route, form or dose.
9. How to use cannabis - a practical conversation guide for discussing cannabis with patients