The Integrative Cannabis 6-week course, Therapeutic Value of CBD/Cannabinoids is just starting this week and it’s not too late to register and participate.
Razi Berry, founder of NDNR/Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, shares this about cannabis and this new training on the topic of CBD:
Since the legalization of medical cannabis, and more recently its recreational use, it has become more and more important that practitioners are aware, educated and fluent in this popular botanical medicine. Cannabis has an incredible and varied use profile and can also be a drug of addiction; it has the ability to serve as a highly beneficial opioid alternative, while at the same time causing social and psychological problems. It is a drug/botanical that is not going away anytime soon, and practitioners need more education in its therapeutic use. This multi-week course is sure to give you a solid foundation in understanding cannabis and cannabinoids and their interaction with physiological systems as well as their implications for clinical practice.”
Cannabis is a controversial subject! But, no matter where you stand on the political, moral, or ethical spectrum, in support or against this botanical medicine, cannabis is here to stay. The increase in legislative efforts allowing for its medical use, along with its growing recreational legalization is mandating that medical practitioners are aware and knowledgeable of the effects, interactions, benefits, and complications of its use. This multi-week course is intended to give a solid foundation of understanding for the clinical use and therapeutic understanding of cannabis, as well as the legal implications of its use in clinical practice. We hope you find it beneficial to your practice.
Love it or hate it, you’re going to have to learn about the use of cannabis in both a medical and non-medical context sooner or later. Currently, cannabis is not included in botanical medicine courses at most of the naturopathic or allopathic medical schools, however its use is rapidly increasing and a need for knowledge of its effects and therapeutic use are also increasing. This multi-week course includes the foundational elements necessary to understand the major and minor constituents of cannabis sativa/indica, as well as its therapeutic indications, physiological indications, dosing and complications. It will serve any practitioner needing or desiring a more in depth understanding of the plant.
Who is this Cannabis/CBD Training for?
- Practitioners who are interested in the therapeutic use of cannabis.
- Practitioners who want more information about the systemic effects of cannabis.
- Practitioners who want more pharmacological knowledge of cannabis as a botanical medicine.
- NDs in states where marijuana is legal – both medically and recreationally – regardless of whether it is in ND scope.
- NDs who would like to gain Pharmacology CEU for a relevant botanical medicine that is used pharmacologically.
- Individuals needing foundational knowledge about the physiological effects of cannabis.
- Individuals who are looking for alternatives to opioids and pain medication.
- Individuals who are interested in non-psychoactive uses of cannabis.
Someone asked this when I posted about it on Facebook:
Is it just for practitioners? What about parent who has a child who uses it therapeutically?
Razi responded as follows:
It is designed for practitioners, but as a parent it would answer all your questions and help you to navigate the journey. You might end up knowing more than your doctor/practitioner!
Here are the details of the first module – Stress, Adrenal Health, and Cannabidiol: The ECS-HPA Connection with Aimee Shunney, ND
- Knowledge of the difference between hemp and marijuana.
- Understand how the ECS/endocannabinoid system can support healthy HPA axis function.
- Understand CBD as a regulatory or balancing agent of the ECS.
- Evaluation of how baseline endocannabinoid levels can affect the stress response and anxiety.
- Application of CBD as it relates to HPA axis function in clinical practice.
- Understand quality, sourcing, safety, and legal issues surrounding medical cannabis.
Here are 2 slides from Aimee’s Adrenal/HPA presentation:
…Science has linked the ECS [endocannabinoid system] with complex processes from anxiety to immunity…This research bonanza is revealing more and more about the ECS master control system and it’s shining star, cannabidiol [CBD].
Preliminary human studies show baseline endocannabinoid tone regulates HPA axis reactivity to stress; low baseline AEA [anandamide] leads to greater increase in cortisol after stress AND high baseline AEA seem to be protective against anxiety.
And here is a short video snippet from “The Role of CBD Targeted Clinical Strategies on the Microbiome and Gut-Brain Axis” presented by Dr. Chris Meletis.
- Understand the role of CBD receptors in the GI tract.
- Understand how CBD receptor activation can alter microbiome microenvironment.
- Appreciation of the clinical utility of HEMP derived CBD on Brain and Gut Health.
I’m enjoying it already and I’ve only done one module so far. I hope to get some additional clarification on the following: how the endocannabinoid system interacts with and supports neurotransmitters like serotonin, GABA and endorphins; safety aspects and cautions about THC and worsening mental health; understanding how best to assess for an out of balance endocannabinoid system; how to assess quality; a better understanding of the different strains – how they work and what symptoms they help; and how we talk about cannabis in terms of CBD percentages.
Click here for information and registration details about the Integrative Cannabis 6-week course, Therapeutic Value of CBD/Cannabinoids or share this link with your practitioner.
It started on Monday Oct 8th and runs for 5 weeks. As soon as you register you’ll get access to the first module on stress and adrenal health (see below) with delivery of the other modules each Monday thereafter. Registration closes on Friday and will reopen in 2019 sometime. Apologies for the late notice – I just found out about it late last week!
If you have feedback on how you’ve benefited from hemp-based CBD products please post below in the comments. If you have questions please post them too and I’ll try and get answers from the presenters if I don’t have an answer.