Medical Marijuana: Therapeutic Uses and Legal Status
Gerald Gianutsos, PhD, JD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy
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Credits: 2.0 hours (0.20 ceu)
Type of Activity:Knowledge
This accredited activity is targeted to pharmacists. Estimated time to complete this activity is 120 minutes.
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To provide an understanding of the pharmacology, effects, side effects, and potential clinical uses of marijuana and to provide a basis for appreciation of the controversy and legal issues surrounding state and federal programs that attempt to regulate the availability of marijuana for medical use.
After completing this activity, the participant should be able to:
- List the potential therapeutic applications of marijuana.
- Describe the effects of marijuana on the central nervous system and other organ systems.
- Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of synthetic cannabinoids and smoked marijuana.
- Describe the different approaches states have taken to permit marijuana to be used for medical purposes.
- Analyze the controversy between state and federal law as it applies to marijuana and the historical context of regulation.
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