Cannabis in Medicine: A Primer for Health Care Professionals

Time: 2pm - 6pm

Overview Objectives
Accreditation Course Outline
Chairs Faculty
Travel & Lodging Cancellation Policy

Department: Medicine
Course Number: MMJ13001C
Start: Friday, February 22, 2013
End: Friday, February 22, 2013
Location: Washington, DC
Mayflower Renaissance, Washington, DC

MD/DO: $125
Physician in Training and Allied HCP: $85
Industry Representative: $195

Onsite registration fees
MD/DO: $150
Physician in training and Allied HCP: $110
Industry Representative: $225

UCSF Association of Clinical Faculty Vouchers are accepted for this course. For more information please call the Office of Continuing Medical Education at 415-476-4251.
Credit: 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

The session will include a brief overview on cannabinoids, the types of cannabinoids currently available, and the endocannabinoid system. This will be followed by a clinically focused section on the pulmonary effects of smoked cannabis and on different conditions for which cannabinoids are therapeutically relevant. The session will close with an open forum discussion.

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At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the components and functions of the endocannabinoid system
  2. Understand the effects of cannabis smoking on the lung
  3. Summarize the indications for existing cannabinoid therapeutic agents
  4. Outline the issues in cannabinoid drug trials, including safety and efficacy issues
  5. Explore and discuss attitudes towards cannabinoids in clinical use

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The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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Course Outline:

2:00 pm - Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System and Pulmonary Effects of Cannabis
Mark Ware, MD

2:40 pm - Neuropsychiatric Effects of Cannabis
Igor Grant, MD

3:20 pm - Effects of Cannabis in Cancer and Pain Management
Donald Abrams, MD

4:00 pm - Break

4:10 pm - Cannabis in Primary Care
Jeffrey Hergenrather, MD

4:50 pm - Cannabis: A Nursing Perspective
Mary Lynn Mathre, RN

5:20 pm - Washington DC Medical Marijuana Program: Regulations and Guidelines for HCPs Washington DC Department of Health

5:50 pm - Moderated Discussion and Conclusion

6:00 pm – Meeting Ends

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Donald Abrams, MD

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Steering Committee:

Donald Abrams, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine at the UCSF, Chief of Hematology/Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital

Jeffrey Hergenrather, MD
General Practice, Sebastopol CA, Society of Cannabis Clinicians

Donald Tashkin, MD
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles

Mark A. Ware, MBBS MRCP MSc
Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Family Medicine at McGill University, Director of Clinical Research, Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit, Montreal General Hospital, Montreal, Canada

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Travel & Lodging:

Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington DC, 20036
Discounted rate: $204.95 inclusive of tax.

Discount reservations by phone: (877)212-5752
To reserve online, please visit this link

Note: Reservations through the general hotel line cannot apply the discounted rate, it must be done using the above mentioned methods.

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Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations are accepted up to Feb 14 with a $30.00 cancellation fee. No refunds or cancellations after Feb 14, 2013. All cancellation refund requests should be submitted in writing to the UCSF OCME by fax, mail or email (

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