PP105 – Medical Marijuana: Are We Opening Pandora’s Box?
Social attitudes are shifting regarding marijuana. Although legal access varies between states, medical marijuana is set to become legally available in many states this year. Medical marijuana treatment could have a positive impact on over 687 million cases of aliments or diseases in the United States. Studies have demonstrated its potential to help manage chronic pain, nausea, epilepsy, and spasms as well as healing effects on some serious conditions such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, and spinal cord injuries. Many hope access to marijuana will also positively affect the opioid crisis by providing pain management alternatives.
This presentation will include how marijuana affects the body, benefits and side effects, various ways medical marijuana can be administered, and implications for case management. In addition, there will be information on the process employed by several states to obtain medical marijuana.
1. Discuss the benefits of medical marijuana
2. Identify the various forms of medical marijuana
3. Describe the process to purchase legal medical marijuana; discuss safety measures to lower the risk of side effects of medical marijuana; discuss the implications of medical marijuana for case management