Medical Cannabis IQ: The Fundamentals 

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This program addresses a wide range of meaningful topics and provides basic information that can help various healthcare professionals understand the fundamentals about medical cannabis.

Time Commitment

This program is estimated at ≈ 1.5 hours of learning.

 Multi-Device Compatible

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Professionals and consumers interested in learning more about medical cannabis.

Between October 1 and December 31, 2016, 5134 kg of dried cannabis and 4109 kg of cannabis oil was sold by licensed producers in Canada. This represents only a fraction of the people who use cannabis, as its increased consideration for patients with chronic conditions, approval process, prescribing, and ability to be used recreationally makes it different from any other pharmaceutical product used in Canada.

Canada’s cannabis distribution model dramatically changed between 2001, when the government passed regulation to allow for the legal distribution of medical cannabis, and August 2016, with the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) aimed at providing accessible and affordable access to medical cannabis. There has been a significant increase in registered medical cannabis users and all Canadian physicians who do not have a restricted license, along with nurse practitioners in some provinces, are currently eligible to prescribe medical cannabis.

This program was developed by a cross-professional planning committee to address the growing need for education and focuses on the different chemical components, explains the most common uses, demonstrates the potential risks, and reviews the current regulatory framework.


Planning Committee

  • Dr. Michelle Acorn, DNP NP PHC/Adult
    Primary Health Care - Global Health NP Co-ordinator, Lecturer
    University of Toronto, Ontario
  • Michael Boivin, B. Pharm., CDE, CTE, CTH
    Clinical Pharmacist Consultant, CommPharm Consulting Inc.
    Barrie, Ontario
  • Dr. Caroline MacCallum, FRCPC, BSc Pharm
    Clinical Instructor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
    Internist, VGH Dept Hematology/BMT & UBC Hospital
    Director, Greenleaf Medical Clinic
  • Erin Prosk
    Director, Santé Cannabis
  • Alex Revich
    Educator, Cannabis in Clinical Practice
  • Chris Spooner, ND, BSc
    University of British Columbia Okanagen – Adjunct Professor,
    Faculty of Health and Social Development
    Paradigm Naturopathic Medicine

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be better able to understand these key learning points:

  • Describe the different components of cannabis
  • Explain the most common uses of cannabis
  • Summarize current regulations in Canada
  • Demonstrate the potential short and long-term risks of cannabis use
  • Summarize the most common methods to administer cannabis
  • Review some of the key education for people prescribing cannabis

“This program draws on the experience of an eclectic range of health professions to provide the fundamental knowledge required to accurately counsel patients.” – Dr. Chris Spooner, ND, BSc

The Medical Cannabis IQ: The Fundamentals Program expires August 19, 2019.

This program and its content will not be available after the expiry date.


Accreditation Details

This program is not accredited and expires August 19, 2019.


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