In 2018, the United States opioid epidemic raged on with more than 45,000 overdose deaths. Several states have legalized medical or recreational marijuana, and all forms of cannabis products are being used for the treatment of pain. In many cases, patients and prescribers prefer using cannabis as an alternative to opioids, but the strength of the evidence for this is not widely understood. This session will provide learners with knowledge of the strength of evidence for using cannabis products for treatment of pain and opioid reduction as well as help learners gain an understanding of the acute and chronic risks of THC/CBD treatments.
CBD Oil for Pain?
Cannabis to Reduce Opioid Use?
- Describe the biology of the endocannabinoid system and how exogenous cannabinoids are hypothesized to treat pain.
- Assess the strength of peer-reviewed evidence for the use of cannabis and CBD oil for the treatment of pain.
- Explain the risks and benefits of cannabis use for pain treatment.