New Program Launched to Educate Doctors and Patients on Medical Cannabis
December 15, 2016 | Debbie Churgai
Today, ASA and TheAnswerPage, an international resource for providing accredited continuing medical education since 1998, launched the Cannabis Care Certification (CCC) program. CCC is an online program designed to provide quality information about medical cannabis to individuals who are starting or considering cannabis therapy, and healthcare professionals looking to learn about the endocannabinoid system and medical cannabis.
The program includes educational videos created for patients and caregivers to provide guidance for anyone interested in exploring medical cannabis as well offers courses that provide Continuing Medical Education credits to medical professionals.
The Patient & Caregiver Education Program features 2-hours of video education addressing dosage, titration, labeling of cannabis therapeutics, transporting medical cannabis, medical cannabis in your life, and much more. After signing up, individuals also receive a free legal overview and list of requirements for participating in their state Medical Cannabis Program, and a Cannabis Care Patient and Caregiver Certification when they complete the program.
The Medical Professional Education Program features a comprehensive, in-depth introduction from the endocannabinoid system to the therapeutic use of cannabis in multiple disease states. Completion of the Medical Professional Program culminates in the healthcare professional being awarded a “Cannabis Care Certification,” CME credits, patient education subscription, and an option to be listed on the referral section of the CCC website.
CCC can also be tailored for Companies and Organizations looking to enhance patient and medical professional education. Courses and lectures can be created to address the needs of any institution, company, or organization.
“Presently, most healthcare providers do not have access to comprehensive quality education on the endocannabinoid system and medical cannabis,” said Stephen B. Corn, MD, a specialist with over 30 years of experience in anesthesiology, perioperative, and pain medicine. “Whether or not doctors or other healthcare professionals have any intention of recommending medical cannabis for patient care, they all need to be well educated in this clinical area because their patients will be seeking their expert advice and guidance for this medication. Further, some patients may already be utilizing medical cannabis and doctors and other healthcare providers will need to be aware of the physiological effects of cannabis as well as potential drug interactions and side effects. As such, expertise in medical cannabis will be necessary for most doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals,” Dr. Corn noted.
“Medical Professionals hold the key to patients having access to medical cannabis,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access. “We could have not found a better partner than TheAnswerPage to create a program to provide unbiased accredited educational content aimed so that healthcare providers can best address their patients’ questions and needs related to medical cannabis. Cannabis Care Certification is the only resource of its kind that educates patients and their healthcare providers in an effort to optimize the safety and quality of medical cannabis therapy.”
View more about the Cannabis Care Certification program here: cannabiscarecertification.org
In order to break the stigma behind this drug, it is imperative that doctors and patients alike know more about the effects cannabis has on the human brain and body. Please check out the course today!