Overview

Marijuana has been approved for medical use in 23 states and the District of Columbia despite being listed as Class I by the DEA indicating no medical benefits and high risk of abuse. Physicians have received no education or training regarding therapeutic uses of marijuana and yet are asked to certify patients as being appropriate for marijuana according to various state laws and regulations. This activity will review the published literature regarding the use of cannabinoids generally, and marijuana in particular, for various medical conditions. Dr. Ehrlich will focus on clinical trials and studies to highlight where benefits are likely, possible, or nonexistent. It will also note guideline recommendations for use of cannabinoids from various national medical societies. Adverse effects will be reviewed as well as a practical approach to dealing with patients who are interested in using marijuana for medical purposes.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the evidence for use of marijuana in various medical conditions
  • Recognize the adverse effects of marijuana use
  • Define the role of the physician in certifying patients for medical marijuana eligibility

Faculty Disclosures

The following financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty.

Alan M. Ehrlich, MD, FAAFP

No financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosures

Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP (Reviewer): Speaker’s Bureau for AstraZeneca; and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Consultant for AstraZeneca; Boehringer Ingelheim; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Lilly. Advisory Board for Pfizer, Inc.

Patrick Alguire, MD, FACP (Reviewer): Stock Holder for Amgen Inc; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Express Scripts; GlaxoSmithKline PLC; Medtronic Inc; Stryker Corporation; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

All other non-faculty contributors to planning, development, editing and review of content have no financial relationships to disclose.

Commercial Supporters

Not Applicable

Education Partners

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