Medical Cannabis: Patient Education for Safe & Effective Use
With more than half the states now permitting some medical use of cannabis for its constituents, it is incumbent upon practitioners to seek out knowledgeable sources of information regarding the use of cannabis as a medicine.
The existing body of data has largely been derived from studies of recreational users, who may be a distinctly different population from patients wishing to use cannabis as a medicine Existing research has also focused on the psychoactive properties of THC, but it is increasingly clear that cannabis contains a complex group of non-psychoactive chemical constituents which may modulate one another’s actions. Different dosage forms, dosing regimens and multiple patient-related factors, as well as provider confusion and inexperience, make it difficult to create a standard plan for dosing medical cannabis.
With the medical literature providing very little information which might be used to guide patients in their desire to use this safe and effective medicine appropriately, this presentation will provide guidance derived from 20 years experience in a cannabis-recommending family practice. It will cover cannabis constituents, dosage forms, drug interactions, and rules of thumb for cannabis dosing which may be used to guide patients in determining what a safe dose for their specific needs.
Mariavittoria Mangini, PhD, FNP
Holy Names University
Mariavittoria Mangini, PhD, FNP, has been a family nurse practitioner since 1982. She has written extensively on the impact of psychedelic experiences in shaping the lives of her contemporaries, and has worked closely with many of the most distinguished investigators in this field. Her current project is the development of a Thanatology program for the study of death and dying.
She completed her doctorate in Community Health Nursing at UCSF, where her research centered on drug use and drug policy. Currently she is the director of the MSN/FNP program at Holy Names University in Oakland. She has 35 years experience in Family Practice and Women’s Health including 24 years with the primary care practice of Dr. Frank Lucido, one of the pioneers of the medical cannabis movement. Their practice was one of the first to implement the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996, one of the first medical cannabis laws nationwide, when it became law.