Marijuana in Canada: Medical and Recreational (CA1950)

Author(s): Patsy Barnes, RN, BA

Pre-Approved for: CA BRN, CVRP, VRA-Canada

Credit Hours: 4

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

This course will discuss marijuana and medical marijuana from a Canadian perspective. We will present the history of marijuana in Canada. The second part of the course explains the new law in Canada making marijuana legal for recreational uses and its effects on the patients who now have medical cards for marijuana. The CMA and Canadian Nurses association have put forth recommendations to their members and both physicians and nurses have newly formed groups to promote medical marijuana and research. We present several scenarios in the course that healthcare professionals may find themselves in and the ethical dilemmas that could occur. At the end of the class is a paper released by Canada Health with the latest research regarding medical marijuana and multiple diseases.

CVRP Ethics Approved - 1hr


Course Objectives

  1. Explain marijuana and medical marijuana

  2. Discuss the cannabinoid system and how marijuana relates to that system

  3. Describe how the new law will impact patients and those already registered as medical marijuana users

  4. Explain the difficulty with research of medical marijuana

  5. List the most recent research findings regarding medical marijuana and multiple diseases

Course Outline

  1. What is Marijuana?

  2. What is Medical Marijuana?

  3. History of Marijuana in Canada

  4. The Cannabinoid System

  5. New Law Regarding Recreational Marijuana and Its Impact on Medical Marijuana

  6. CMA Recommendations for Marijuana

  7. Nurses Role in Patient Care Regarding Marijuana and Its Ethical Implications

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