Facts vs. Fiction Surrounding Medical Marijuana: Traditional Medicine’s Modern Perspectives

As the number of states allowing medical marijuana continues to grow, so do the physicians’ concerns about how to provide patients with appropriate information to support or refute the anecdotal use of cannabis for medical purposes. This course will provide learners with an opportunity to gain insight into the health, political, legal and social issues related to the medical use of cannabis.  

Target Audience

Family Medicine Physicians, Internal Medicine Physicians, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Pain Management Specialists, Infectious Disease Physicians, Neurologists, Rheumatologists, Ophthalmologists, Oncologists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Pharmacists, Social Workers and Respiratory Therapists and all other interested healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain current legal regulations in Florida regarding the use of medical cannabis and the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014.  
  • Analyze the potential impact of Amendment 2 and its federal implications.
  • Describe the ethnobotanical and cultural use of cannabis.
  • Identify the endocannabinoid system receptors’ mechanisms of action and their roles in modulating physiology.
  • Assess indications for cannabis as a potential therapy for specific cases in practice as supported by the 2016 evidence for cannabis efficacy. 
  • Comply with State regulations for the clinical use of cannabis in order to integrate it effectively into patient treatment.
Additional information
Bibliography: 
  • Bostwick, J. M., Reisfield, G. M., & DuPont, R. L. (2013). Medicinal use of marijuana. N Engl J Med, 368(9), 866-8.
  • CS/SB 1030; §381.986, F.S.; Chapter 64-4, F.A.C.
  • Block, Jeffrey, M.D., The Botanical Medicine of Cannabinoids- A Florida Physician’s Course for Providing Low THC Cannabis In the United States, November 2014. Accessed on October 1, 2016 at BlockBotanicalGardens.com
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 2.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
  • 2.00 General certificate of attendance
Course opens: 
11/01/2016
Course expires: 
06/27/2017

Jeffrey S. Block, M.D.
Board-certified Anesthesiologist 
South Miami Hospital 
Botanical Medicine Expert
Endocannabinoid Science Clinical Educator
Florida Department of Agriculture Master Gardener

Stephen H. Siegel, Esq.
Broad and Cassel
Florida Board-certified in Health Law
HCCA-certified in Healthcare Compliance

Jeffrey S. Block, M.D., and Stephen H. Siegel, Esq., have indicated that neither they nor their spouses/partners have relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and they will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in their presentations or discussions.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 2.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
  • 2.00 General certificate of attendance

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
11/01/2016
Course expires: 
06/27/2017
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