Diane Culik MD - Medical Marijuana: History, Uses and


Topic: Medical Marijuana: History, Uses and Benefits by Diane Culik MD, with panel Paul Peirsel MD, Zach Cohen MD, Ellie Campbell DO

Conference: A Gut Feeling - Atlanta, GA - March 2 - 6, 2016

Summary: Marijuana has been approved for Medical use in 23 states in the US and is approved in several other countries around the world. There are concerns whether the benefits of medical use are real, and whether they outweigh the risks and complications from medical marijuana. There is much debate, but currently marijuana is still listed by the US Drug Enforcement Agency as a Schedule 1 drug, which means it has no medicinal value and is in the highest risk for abuse, as well as heroin. Increasing numbers of patients with pain have found it too difficult and expensive and ineffective to control pain with prescription narcotics, and have turned to cheap and illegal heroin, resulting in escalating levels of deaths from overdose.

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the History of Marijuana and Cannabis use that goes back over the last 10,000 years
2. Explain the laws on Marijuana use in the United States and how that compares to select other countries
3. Explain some of the specific criteria for medical marijuana use in Michigan, and other states
4. Explain the chemistry of marijuana, what the effects are on the body, and what the cannabinoid receptors are in the body
5. Apply what I learned about medical marijuana use, benefits and side effects from patients in a certification clinic in Michigan
6. Apply a selected case history of a Stage 4 lung cancer patient as an example of medical benefits of marijuana.

Time: 1 hr. 17 mins.

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