What is the Buzz All About? Marijuana Pharmacology for the Rehabilitation Specialist: Updates from the Current Evidence—Part II

Description:  Cannabis species and subspecies have been used medicinally for over 5,000 years.  In the United States, the regulation of Cannabis as a Schedule I drug has been challenged in many states with ever changing laws with legalization and/or decriminalization of Cannabis and Cannabis products.  Recent reviews and studies related to medicinal marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) have been published, such as the medicinal use for nausea and vomiting, appetite stimulation in chronic diseases, and pain.  This 2-part webinar series will review recent literature on medicinal Cannabis products to provide the clinician with relevant information on potential indications, pharmacology and mechanism of action, acute and chronic side effects, and patients for whom medicinal Cannabis products is contraindicated, with particular discussion related to the geriatric client. Further exploration will be completed of the positive and negative implications on therapy outcomes through specific case studies including ethical and substance abuse issues.  This information is important to all rehabilitation specialists to better understand this literature and to respond to patients when they inquire about these products for medicinal use.

It is recommended learners attend both sessions due to the comprehensive nature of the content.

Part I—Will focus on the historical perspective of cannabis, pharmacology aspects including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, habituation and side effects as well as ethical and regulatory considerations of cannabis products.

Part II—Will focus on the clinical considerations for use of medical marijuana and CBD products, including evidence regarding indications for use, safety and efficacy along with guidelines for counseling patients on use of these products. Specific case study examples will be incorporated.

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Examine changing regulatory implications of Cannabis and Cannabis products with specific state examples.
  • Describe current medicinal uses of cannabis and cannabis products including pain.
  • Discuss cannabis potential indications, pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties including acute and chronic side effects, and potential for abuse.
  • Apply current evidence to educate patients on risks and benefits of CBD /THC use.
  • Contrast the health risks/benefits of medical marijuana through case studies relevant to physical therapy outcomes as well as social implications of misuse.

Instructors: Madge Suzanne Tinsley, PhD, PT & Janine Hatch, PT, DPT, MS, GCS

Audience: Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Speech-Language Pathologists.

Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Continuing Education Credits


The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This CNE is being offered for 1.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education including 1.5 pharmacology contact hours.

In order to receive contact hours for the live event, nurses must attend the entire webinar and complete the evaluation. For the on-demand self-study they must also complete a post-test with a minimum passing score.

Occupational Therapists:

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 05604. This distance learning interactive webinar is offered at .15 CEUs [intermediate, OT service delivery, foundational knowledge]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Physical Therapists:

The Illinois Physical Therapy Board has approved this course for 1.5 Contact Hours.  Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.  This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours. 

The following states require continuing education units with no state-specific approval:  CT, IA, and WA


Speech-Language Pathologists:


Course Directors and Planning Committee Members:

Julie Lenkiewicz, MS, CCC-SLP - Has nothing to disclose.
Melissa Kolski, PT, OCS, Dip MDT - Has nothing to disclose.
Leslie Marriott, OT - Has nothing to disclose.
Pamela Pfeifer, MS, RN, NPD-BC - Has nothing to disclose.


Speakers, Moderators and Panelists:

Madge Suzanne Tinsley, PhD, PT - Has nothing to disclose.
Janine Hatch, PT, DPT, MS, GCS - Has nothing to disclose.

Technology Requirements: To participate, you will need access to a device with an Internet connection. Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported.

High-speed broadband Internet access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

Additional requirements include:

  • Web browser: latest stable version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Speaker and microphone, or headset with microphone, or phone to listen to webinar facilitators
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer as it is not supported.

      Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter or email or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


      Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants OTA and PTA Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists Online Learning