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Canadian Pharmacists Association
Canadian Pharmacists Association
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Medical Cannabis CE

The number of patients taking cannabis for medical purposes is growing. Pharmacists need evidence-based information on cannabinoid products and their therapeutic effects to provide effective medication management for their patients. With the legalization of recreational cannabis, pharmacists also have an increased  public health role in safety and harm reduction, including counselling recreational users on how to minimize risk in general, as well as counselling on the impacts of cannabis on their existing medical conditions and medication therapy.

Please note that CPhA will be providing updated/new cannabis continuing education in Fall 2019 that meets the OCP-mandated cannabis competencies. While our current CE does not meet all the competencies, we are working with CCCEP to come up with an appropriate process to allow pharmacists who have already completed our courses to allow those courses to count towards their mandatory requirements. Some additional CE will still be required.
Current programs include:

An Introduction to Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids (1.0 CEU)

This foundational course provides you with an overview of the different types of cannabinoids available in Canada, their therapeutic effects and their impact on human physiology. It covers Canadian regulations on the use of cannabis for medical purposes and focuses on your important role in advising patients who have been prescribed cannabis as part of their treatment plan.

Delivery: online, self-directed
CEUs: 1.0
Accreditation: CCCEP file #8002-2017-2237-I-P (expires November 6, 2019); OPQ file #2179
Author: Amy Wiebe

Exclusive free benefit for members of provincial pharmacy associations and AFPC.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe, generally, the endocannabinoid system and its function
  • State the cannabinoid availability in Canada including both prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis
  • Outline Canadian regulations regarding the use of cannabis for medical purposes
  • Explain the role of pharmacists in supporting patient care related to cannabinoid use

NEW! Medical Cannabis: Applying the Evidence to Practice (2.0 CEUs)

Building on concepts outlined in An Introduction to Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids, this course explores therapeutic indications for which there is substantial moderate quality evidence for the use of cannabis or cannabinoids, including treatment of spasticity, chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. As we review the scientific literature, we assess the clinical efficacy of cannabinoids for these indications. Safety data are also briefly reviewed, as side effects remain constant, regardless of the indication of use. Applying this evidence in counselling or managing patients taking medical cannabis is demonstrated through a series of patient cases.

Delivery: online, self-directed
CEUs: 2.0
Accreditation: CCCEP file #8002-2018-2343-I-P (expires March 5, 2020); OPQ file #2203
Author: Alison Wong

Exclusive free benefit for members of provincial pharmacy associations and AFPC.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the efficacy of cannabinoids for treating:
    • Spasticity in multiple sclerosis
    • Chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting
    • Chronic pain
  • Identify signs and symptoms of problematic cannabis use
  • Identify cannabis withdrawal symptoms
  • Discuss potential side effects of cannabis-related treatments

It is not mandatory to complete An Introduction to Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids before taking this course, but it is recommended.

Assessment and Completion Requirements:

Each course has been accredited by the Canadian Pharmacists Association, a CCCEP-approved accredited provider. To earn the Statement of Completion, participants must complete and achieve 70% or greater on the summative post-test. You will have up to two attempts to pass the post-test.


Each self-directed online course is available for registration up until its accreditation expiry date. You must complete the course before its expiry date; we cannot guarantee access after this point.

System Requirements:

Each is a computer-based online course and operates on the UW LEARN platform. You will need:

  • A desktop or laptop/notebook computer (the course is not optimized for tablets or smartphones)
  • High-speed internet access
  • Recommended internet browsers: Firefox, Internet Explorer 9, Safari
  • Soundcard and speakers or headphones
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash

For more information run a test of your computer system.

Supplementary Tools and Resources:

Please visit our Medical Cannabis Resources page for more practice tools and resources and information about related initiatives. A Cannabis monograph is also available in the CPS mobile, CPS online and RxTx.

Funded in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Shoppers Drug Mart/Loblaw.