Course Summary

Legalization of marijuana in the United States and other countries includes both medical and recreational use depending on the region’s legislation regulating sales and use. A brief history of cannabis and its botanical chemistry and physiological effects in some controlled trials and medical studies are raised. The recent research studies related to marijuana use focus specifically on whether cannabis is effective for medicinal purposes, such as the treatment of nausea and vomiting, pain, chronic diseases and appetite stimulation, as well as other health conditions. Not enough is said in the literature on the legal aspects of medical marijuana relative to certain populations including those treated within correctional systems.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Brief Historical Overview
    • Legislation Controlling Cannabis
  • Botany of Cannabis
    • Cannabinoids, Cannabinoid Receptors, and Endocannabinoids
    • Serotonin and Catecholamines
  • Anti-inflammatory, Neuroprotective, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Effects of Cannabis Use
    • Inflammation and Neuroprotection
    • Cardiovascular and Metabolic Effects
  • Cannabinoids as a Therapeutic Agent
    • Δ (9)-tetrahydrocannabinol
    • Cannabidiol
    • Synthetic/Semi-synthetic Cannabinoids
  • Pharmacology of Medical Marijuana
  • Chronic Pain and Other Comorbid Conditions
    • Cancer-related Pain
    • Neurological Conditions
    • Other Medical Conditions
  • Psychiatric Disorders: Schizophrenia, PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety
    • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
    • Depression and Anxiety
  • Case Study: Cannabis and Anxiety
  • Summary


Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 27 years as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, textbook chapters, and more than 100 online CE articles, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center. He lives in Wappingers Falls, NY.

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