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149277 - Medicinal Cananbis: Overview, Access, and Clinical Considerations

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The aim of this educational program is to educate GPs about the overview of cannabis and the endocannabinoid system; help them understand the regulatory pathways to access medicinal cannabis; provide clinical practice and patient selection considerations for the use of medicinal cannabis; and review the clinical evidence of using medicinal cannabis in chronic pain management.

Relevance to General Practice

While medicinal cannabis (MC) is legally accessible to medical practitioners for their patients, 1000s of Australians are self-medicating with illegal cannabis to treat a range of serious conditions, such as chronic pain. A recent survey revealed Australian GPs get constant inquiries from their patients about MC, but majority of GPs feel their knowledge is inadequate to discuss its access, safety, and effectiveness. MC is not a panacea to all ailments, but there is clinical evidence supporting its use in patients with chronic pain, nausea and vomiting, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and palliative care. With 1 in 5 Australians suffering from chronic pain, patient inquiries in primary care will continue to rise. Proper training and education around medicinal cannabis will enable GPs to talk to their patients and deter them from using illegal cannabis. It will also empower them to use evidence-based approach to treat patients with MC where standard of care therapies have failed.

Learning outcomes
  • Self-assess knowledge about medicinal cannabis to discuss patient safety regarding the use of illegal cannabis and eligibility of using medicinal cannabis
  • Identify the level of clinical evidence and studies relating to managing chronic pain with medicinal cannabis
  • Empower GPs to navigate the regulatory pathways and requirements in accessing medicinal cannabis at the federal and state levels
  • Implement management and monitoring plan to improve patient outcomes in patients using medicinal cannabis
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    149277 - Medicinal Cananbis: Overview, Access, and Clinical Considerations
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