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Synthetic Cannabinoids

Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI and Kellie Wilson, PharmD

CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Synthetic cannabinoids are often used by people who think it is the same as regular marijuana. Synthetic cannabinoids are more potent than tetrahydrocannabinol and more psychoactive than the natural occurring substance found in marijuana. Compared to the marijuana tried in prior years, synthetic cannabinoids stimulate brain receptors similar to how the active ingredient of marijuana also affects the same brain receptors however are much more potent than tetrahydrocannabinol. Synthetic cannabinoids can cause psychological consequences, from psychosis to anxiety. The rise of synthetic cannabinoids is increasing, which means the rise of psychiatric problems will begin to occur. Education will be the most important aspect when it comes to stopping this concerning trend.

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Course Syllabus

I. Introduction
II. Pharmacological Profile
III. Epidemiology
IV. Clinical Effects of Synthetic Cannabis
          1. Cardiovascular
          2. Central Nervous System
          3. Pulmonary
          4. Hepatic/Renal
          5. Rhabdomyolysis
          6. Gastrointestinal
V. Drug Use, Withdrawal and Long-Term Effects
VI. Treatment
VII. Medical Use of Synthetic Cannabis
          1. Cancer Cell Viability
          2. Obstructive Sleep Apnea
          3. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Insomnia
VIII. Cannabis Substance Use Disorder
          1. Synthetic Cannabis Use and Aggression
IX. Case Study: Synthetic Cannabis and Alcohol Combined Use
X. Case Study: Myocardial Infarction with Synthetic Cannabis Use
XI. Summary


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