Everything You Need to Know About Medical Cannabis

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Patients’ questions about medical cannabis will only grow more common. Be prepared to give the right answers—thanks to this evidence-based discussion of benefits, risks, laws, and more regarding medical cannabis in pharmacy practice.

This session is eligible for general ACPE credit only. If you are looking to earn BCACP recertification credit for this session, please enroll in the Ambulatory Care Trending Topics recertification package. For more information, please visit APhA's Ambulatory Care Recertification Products

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to

  1. Describe the current regulatory status of cannabis.
  2. Explain the clinical pharmacology of cannabis and its active components.
  3. Interpret clinical studies of various conditions, including opioid use disorder, to determine the effectiveness and adverse effects of medical cannabis.
  4. Discuss health-system policies and procedures for cannabis use.
  5. Recommend actions pharmacists should take  to improve patient safety issues, discuss dosing strategies, manage potential drug interactions, and provide effective counseling for patients who use cannabis.

Activity type: Application-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
Learning Level: 2

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following archived webinar is approved for 1.5 contact hours of CPE credit (0.15 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-20-026-H01-P/T.

To obtain credit for completing Everything You Need to Know About Medical Cannabis  participants will need to watch the archived webinar, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid pharmacist.com username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.    

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the assessment a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Initial release date: March 23, 2020
Expiration date: March 22, 2023 - No credit granted after this date


Everything You Need to Know About Medical Cannabis is an activity for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians developed by the American Pharmacists Association. © 2020 American Pharmacists Association


Laura Borgelt, PharmD, MBA, FCCP; Kathleen Collins, PharmD, BCPS; and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at www.pharmacist.com/apha-disclosures

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, BA, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Director of Content Development & Partnership at the American Pharmacists Association. 


This learning product is a component of the APhA2020 Virtual Education package.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-20-026-H01-P 0.15 CEUs March 22, 2020 - March 22, 2023
ACPE# 0202-0000-20-026-H01-T 0.15 CEUs March 22, 2020 - March 22, 2023