The Therapeutic Use of Medical Cannabis

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Regina - November 18, 2019          (Click here for price and venue details)

$187.95 ($179 + GST) - Early Rate - On or before October 7, 2019
$198.45 ($189 + GST) - Middle Rate - On or before November 4, 2019
$208.95 ($199 + GST) - Regular Rate - After November 4, 2019

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Workshop from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | What to Expect at the Workshop

Delta Hotel by Marriott Regina | Venue Web Site
1919 Saskatchewan Drive | Map and directions

Presented by Mary Lynn (ML) Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN

Mary Lynn (ML) Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN has more than 40 years of experience as a nurse and has specialized in addictions nursing since 1987 and cannabis education since 1990. Ms. Mathre is a co-founder and President of Patients Out of Time (inc. 1995),a non-profit organization devoted to educating health care professionals and the public about the therapeutic uses of cannabis ( She is the editor of Cannabis in Medical Practice: A Legal, Historical and Pharmacological Overview of the Therapeutic Use of Marijuana (1997) and co-editor of Women and Cannabis: Medicine, Science and Sociology (2002). Ms. Mathre has authored several chapters and numerous peer-reviewed articles on the topic of medical cannabis; and written resolutions for several organizations in support of patient access to medical marijuana, including the Virginia Nurses Society on Addictions, the Virginia Nurses Association, the National Nurses Society on Addictions, and the American Public Health Association. She has served on the planning committee for Patients Out of Time's accredited biennial National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics series since it began in 2000, now an annual event since 2015. Ms. Mathre is also a founding member and Past President of the American Cannabis Nurses Association (

Workshop Description

Health Canada has recently revised the laws around the Therapeutic Use of Medical Cannabis. Since then, there has been an uptick in both the numbers of prescriptions for medical cannabis for a variety of medical conditions and the numbers of patients already taking medical cannabis arriving into care settings. This has been a challenge for nurses who have had little or no education about cannabis in their nursing programs. This workshop aims to provide a comprehensive review of medical cannabis and offer a valuable stepping stone in the nurse’s knowledge for proficient care of the patient using medical cannabis. In this one day workshop, we will review the history and current therapeutic uses of medical cannabis, the endocannabinoid system in the body, the safety and pharmacology of cannabis, toxicity, potential risks, indications for use, the range of therapeutic effects, dosage and methods of administration, and nursing implications.

Workshop Topics

Historical Overview of Medical Cannabis
- From Ancient Records to Use in 1900s
- The Marijuana Prohibition; Current Situation

Cannabis the Plant>
- General Description and Varieties; Cannabinoids; Terpenes & Flavinoids

Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
- Major Components of the ECS; Function of the ECS

Safety & Pharmacology of Cannabis
- Toxicity; Metabolism
- Potential Risks - Pulmonary, Addiction, Cognition, Pregnancy, Prohibition
- Whole Plant vs. Cannabinoids

Indications for Use
- Range of Therapeutic Effects from Infants to End of Life
- Endocannabinoid Deficiency; Nutrition and Health Maintenance

Dosage & Methods of Administration
- Dosage
- Smoking & Vapourization; Extracts – Oils & Tinctures
- Pills or Capsules; Topicals; Edibles
- Fresh Raw Product

Nursing Implications
- Patient Advocate
- Cannabis & Opioids; Cannabis and Poly-pharmacy
- Roadblocks & Barriers; Patient Education
- The Nurse as Patient

Who Should Attend?

- Nurses in All Areas, especially: Medical-Surgical & Pain Settings
- Nurses in Oncology & Palliative Settings; Geriatric Settings
- Nurses in Primary Care, Mental Health, Maternal Child & Pediatrics
- Nurse Practitioners, Managers, Educators, Pharmacists, Dieticians