CPD50m of CPD
Total Rating(s)63
Publish Date05 November 2018
Review Date28 July 2019
Expiry Date04 November 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

Although cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia, it is known to have therapeutic indications for use in specific health circumstances. This Course reviews the pharmacology and efficacy of medicinal cannabis.

Topics include:

  • How does medicinal cannabis work?
  • What are its effects?
  • What evidence is available for its potential use?
  • What are the contraindications?

Target audience

This Course is designed to enhance the knowledge of nurses and various other health professionals with respect to the pharmacology and efficacy of medicinal cannabis.


The purpose of this Course is to develop an understanding of the modes of action, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of cannabis and how the drug works from a pharmacological perspective and investigate the evidence for and against its proclaimed efficacy in a variety of conditions.


Recent changes to legislation mean that nurses and other health professionals are likely to experience increased questioning and potential patient demand for medicinal cannabis-based products. The evidence base for the use of medical cannabis is currently incomplete and constantly evolving – therefore there is a need for ongoing research and education in this area. Recent systematic reviews and meta-analyses indicate that there is some therapeutic potential of medical cannabis, however, further research and trials are warranted.

There is a need for education that explains the pharmacological effects of medical cannabis and the implications for certain therapeutic situations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Health professionals will be able to make informed decisions from a pharmacological viewpoint regarding the prescription of cannabis for medicinal use


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Louis Roller

Associate Professor Louis Roller has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University for over 50 years. He was on the Pharmacy Board of Victoria for 22 years and has significantly contributed to many editions of various pharmaceutical compendia, including the Therapeutic Guidelines, particularly the Antibiotic Guidelines. He is the author of hundreds of scientific and professional articles and has a passion for evidence-based knowledge. He lectures to pharmacists, medical practitioners, nurses, podiatrists, and optometrists on a variety of therapeutic topics, particularly antibiotics, as well as giving many talks to the University of the Third Age on various medication-related issues. As at the end of April, he had delivered 42 talks to U3A Stonnington and an equivalent number to other U3A groups. With Dr Jenny Gowan, over the last 20 years, he has written articles on disease state management in the Australian Journal of Pharmacy. In 2012, he was made a life member of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association and, in 2014, he was awarded the life-long achievement award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

CPD50m of CPD
Total Rating(s)63
Publish Date05 November 2018
Review Date28 July 2019
Expiry Date04 November 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Medication Safety
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Mental Health

Further Learning

Learner Reviews


63 Total Rating(s)

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sarita bk
15 Feb 2019


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Tracy Kiddle
13 Feb 2019

Thank you for this learning activity it was very well received and easy to understand.

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Carey Blaik
09 Feb 2019

interesting and informative

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Brydie Grossman
08 Feb 2019

very informative

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Sharon Thompson
07 Feb 2019

The resource was very informative and presented in a format which was easy to understand.

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Janet Davies
06 Feb 2019

Very informative but was lost a bit when discussing the pharmacology aspect of medical cannibis.

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Daryl Stuart
04 Feb 2019

Very interesting

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Margaret Baker
04 Feb 2019


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Katherine Morris
03 Feb 2019

Very good overview of medicinal marijuana and the current challenges for healthcare. Well worth completing this course.

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May Black
02 Feb 2019

I really enjoyed the presentation of this course. I enjoy presentation that don't contain waffle. Explanations were given in a clear and concise manner. I enjoyed listening to the presenter too. I am looking forward to providing education to my patients during assessments.