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Physicians to be trained on benefits of medical marijuana

By on January 26, 2017

 

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, marijuana grows at a medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. In a report released Wednesday, Jan 11, 2016 by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the federal advisory panel took a comprehensive look at what’s known about the benefits and harms of marijuana and is calling for a national effort to learn more about the drug. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Marijuana grows at a medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Legal Marijuana, an advocacy group promoting the use of marijuana for medical and other purposes, will sponsor a course on the applications and effects of the plant aimed at physicians and other healthcare professionals interested in integrating such treatment to those they already prescribe to their patients.

During the course, “Cannabis Science: An Advanced Course on Medicinal Cannabis,” physicians will be trained on how the cannabis plant can benefit patients suffering from different diseases and health conditions.

“Unlike other medical cannabis courses for physicians, we will have internationally experienced experts in the field of medical research who will delve into the critical aspects of cannabis science for the benefit of physicians and their patients,” Puerto Rico Legal Marijuana President Goodwin Aldarondo said.

Participating in the course will be such speakers as Dr. Robert Melamede, whose work on the therapeutic use of cannabis has gained him international recognition, and  Dr. Jokubas Ziburkus, an associate professor of neuroscience at the University of Houston, Texas, and researcher on epilepsy, traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease.

Also participating in the course are Dr. Gregorie Smith and Dr. Michael Soler.

Some of the topics to be discussed in the course include the endocannabinoid system, the evolution of pharmaceutical formulations based on medical cannabis, the therapeutic properties and mechanisms of action of cannabinoids, the metabolism of cannabis and dosing recommendations for patients.

The course, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) as required by physicians, is valid for six continued education credits for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and psychologists.

Aldarondo believes that the demand for medical cannabis from patients suffering from a wide range of diseases opens the door to innovative treatments while challenging physicians and healthcare professionals, who need to be trained in the myriad medical applications of marijuana.

“With this course we intend to contribute to the advancement of medical cannabis by providing scientific knowledge to physicians so that they can make medical cannabis recommendations to certified patients,” Aldarondo said.

The course is scheduled for Feb. 11 at the Fine Arts Center in Santurce.

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