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This project, conducted at the University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute and funded by the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, aims to address gaps in science-based training and education in the area of chronic pain management and medicinal cannabis use.

Note: As of January 1, 2017, CME is no longer available for this training.


Doctor & PatientDeveloped for health professionals, including physicians, nurses, osteopaths, pharmacists, and physician assistants, this training presents current information on the use of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of various conditions, with a focus on chronic pain.

The first module is a basic primer on the mechanism of action of medicinal cannabis, its medical uses, and Washington State law. The second module focuses on the best clinical practices associated with the recommendation of medicinal cannabis. This training will also provide tools that may be useful to health care providers in their discussion with patients about the use of medicinal cannabis in the treatment of chronic pain.

Pharmacists who want CPE
should view the complete activity then go to http://wspa.wcea.education/ on the WCEA website to take the CPE test. You will need to create an account once you are on the education portal and will need to supply your NABP e-Profile ID and birthdate (MMDD). You must successfully answer all of the test questions and submit an evaluation. After completing all of the requirements, you will be able to print your certificate and the CE will be automatically uploaded to the CPE Monitor. If you are a WSPA member, get a code to receive 40% off here: http://www.wsparx.org/default.asp?page=MemberCode.

Take the Trainings

Module 1
Medicinal Cannabis Education for Clinicians

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Describe at least 3 unique characteristics of the endocannabinoid system.
  2. Describe at least 3 potential therapeutic purposes and clinical indications of cannabis.
  3. Identify the cannabis-based pharmaceuticals currently available in the US market and abroad.
  4. Identify legal procedures in Washington state to recommend medicinal cannabis.

 Launch the training

Module 2

Medicinal Cannabis – Best Practices

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Determine which patients may benefit from using medicinal cannabis for chronic pain.
  2. Identify side effects and risks associated with the use of medicinal cannabis.
  3. Describe how to titrate medicinal cannabis to best manage chronic pain.
  4. Describe benefits and risks of 4 methods of medicinal cannabis delivery.

 Launch the training


The following contributors have indicated that they have no financial relationships to disclose.

Awarded to
Beatriz Carlini, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Research Scientist, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, UW

Content Experts
Gregory Carter, M.D.
Medical Director, St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute
Clinical Instructor, MEDEX, UW

Roger Roffman, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, UW

Reinaldo Naoto Takahashi, Ph.D.
Professor, Pharmacology Department, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Sharon Garrett, M.P.H., M.A.
Project Coordinator, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, UW

Meg Brunner, M.L.I.S.
Information Specialist, Web Training Developer, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, UW

Jennifer Velotta, M.N.P.L., C.D.P., C.P.P.
Outreach Specialist, Clearinghouse Coordinator, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, UW

Kathy Edris, M.S.
Instructional Designer, Idesign Partners

Nancy Sutherland, M.L.S.
Director of Information Services, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, UW

Additional Instructors
Maria Pettinato, R.N., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Seattle University

CME Chair
Dennis Donovan, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington (UW)
Director, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, UW


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