Clinical Cannabis for the Health Care Provider: Show Me the Evidence

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Oct. 19, 2019 | OHSU, Portland, Ore.

This course on clinical cannabis for the health care provider explores the pharmacology, uses, benefits and risks of clinical cannabis for your patients. Expert clinician scientists will discuss the evidence for the use of cannabis for the management of chronic pain, pediatric epilepsy, and other disease states. Additionally, information regarding cannabis mechanisms of action, side effects, risks and access will be presented.

Registration: $125, with CME
The discount registration period has ended

Those unable to attend in person may register to stream and participate in the event in real time. Please select the “virtual attendance” option when registering. Virtual participants will receive instructions via email prior to the event regarding how to login to the meeting and steps to obtain CME credit.

Who should attend?

Any prescriber whose patients have questions about the risks and benefits of cannabis including:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Pharmacologists


Carin Waslo
503-220-8262 x52205

After this symposium, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the clinical pharmacology and pharmacodynamics of cannabis and its active components
  • Identify potential drug-drug interactions that may occur with cannabis use
  • Discuss potential medical uses of cannabis and cannabinoids for the treatment of chronic pain, multiple sclerosis spasticity and seizure disorders
  • Understand the potential adverse effects of cannabis
  • Understand special considerations for cannabis use in pregnant and lactating women
  • Be familiar with socioeconomic trends and influences in cannabis use

8 a.m.
Registration, continental breakfast and exhibits

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and introduction
Michelle Cameron, M.D., M.C.R., PT
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, OHSU

9 a.m.
The pharmacology of cannabis
Joseph Bubalo, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCOP
Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, College of Pharmacy, OHSU

9:30 a.m.

9:50 a.m.
Potential benefits in selected populations

  • Treatment of chronic pain
    Kim Jones, RNC, Ph.D., FNP., FAAN
    Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Linfield College
  • Spasticity management in multiple sclerosis
    Michelle Cameron, M.D., M.C.R., PT
    Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, OHSU
  • Epilepsy, with a special focus on children
    Colin Roberts, M.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, OHSU

10:50 a.m.

11:10 a.m.
Potential adverse effects and risks in selected populations
Associate Professor, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, OHSU

Special considerations in pregnant and lactating women
Jamie Lo, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, OHSU
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center, OHSU

Cannabis: A global, national, and local overview of socioeconomic trends
Beau Whitney, M.B.A.
Vice President and Senior Economist, New Frontier Data

12:30 p.m.
Wrap up – Q&A with faculty

1 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

Free parking is available for attendees at Lots 60 and 40 at OHSU's Marquam Hill Campus on S.W. Gaines Street.


Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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