Cannabidiol: A Moving Target for Regulators and Health Care Practitioners

This activity is for pharmacists and is sponsored by Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC (PHE).
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FACULTY

Gerald Gianutsos, PhD, JD
Emeritus Associate Professor of Pharmacology
University of Connecticut
School of Pharmacy
Storrs, CT

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

Gerald Gianutsos, PhD, JD, hereby state that he has no relevant affiliation or financial relationship or relationship to products or devices with a commercial interest related to the content of this activity to disclose.

The following reviewer, Jeannette Wick, RPh, MBA, hereby states she has no relevant affiliation or financial relationship or relationship to products or devices with a commercial interest related to the content of this activity to disclose.

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ACCREDITATION STATEMENTS

PHARMACY
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UAN: 0430-0000-19-108-H03-P
Credits: 2.0 hours (0.20 ceu)

Type of Activity: Knowledge
Media: Internet

Fee Information: $6.97

Estimated time to complete activity: 120 minutes

Published

October 9, 2019

Expires

October 9, 2022

TARGET AUDIENCE

This activity has been designed to meet the needs of pharmacists.

HOW TO OBTAIN CREDIT

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OVERVIEW

Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in marijuana which does not produce the "high" associated with tetrahydrocannbinol (THC), has become an extremely popular and widely available therapy for a wide variety of disorders, although generally with little reliable evidence. Until recently, the use of CBD was restricted because of its status as a C-I controlled substance under federal law. This lesson will examine the changing regulatory landscape of this substance. The legal status of CBD is in flux mainly because of expanding medical marijuana programs at the state level, FDA approval of a form of CBD for treating pediatric seizure disorders, and the shift in the legal status of hemp. The increasing use and acceptance of CBD offers challenges for pharmacy staff which will be discussed.

GOAL

To aid pharmacists and technicians with understanding the growing popularity of cannabidiol as a potential therapeutic entity and to update pharmacists and technicians on the conflicting and rapidly evolving regulatory status of this substance.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

After completing this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Discuss the pharmacology, potential therapeutic uses and limitations of cannabidiol (CBD).
  2. Differentiate the regulatory distinction between approved and non-approved forms of CBD.
  3. Explain the DEA's and FDA's position on CBD and its historical context.
  4. Describe the recent events that have resulted in a shifting of the regulatory status of CBD.

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