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The Endocannabinoid System and Medical Marijuana in 15 Minutes!

In order to fully appreciate the health effects of cannabis-based products, it is essential that one has knowledge of the endocannabinoid system, the components of the cannabis plant and how the components of the cannabis plant interact with the endocannabinoid system. This module reviews the numerous functions of the endocannabinoid system, and describes how the components of the cannabis plant might interact with the endocannabinoid system to modulate multiple physiological processes.

Here is a sample Q and A:

In 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) published The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research. According to this document, do cannabinoids have therapeutic value? 

Yes, for some conditions. The research committee found that there is conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabinoids are effective: 

  • For the treatment of chronic pain in adults
  • As antiemetics in the treatment of chemotherapy- induced nausea and vomiting (oral cannabinoids)
  • For improving patient-reported multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms (oral cannabinoids) 

Since publication of the NASEM report, data from double-blind randomized controlled trials has shown that cannabidiol (CBD) is effective in reducing motor seizures in some epileptic syndromes. A CBD solution has been approved by the FDA and is indicated for treatment of seizure associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, Dravet syndrome, and tuberous sclerosis complex. (30)

The Perioperative Considerations for the Patient Utilizing Cannabinoid-based Medicines and Products

This module addresses clinical issues that can dramatically affect patient care, safety, and comfort in the peri-operative period. Issues include screening, clotting, gastric emptying, drug-drug interactions, smoking versus vaporization, withdrawal, and acute and chronic pain, among others.