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Cannabinoid Therapy in Chronic Pain

Presented by Dr Philip Blair, MD

About this module:

In this presentation, you will learn about the types of chronic pain, mechanisms of action, comorbidities and how the endocannabinoid system is involved in modulation of chronic pain. This presentation discusses evidence from clinical studies investigating the treatment of medicinal cannabis of chronic pain, and how CBD, THC, Beta-Caryophyllene (a key terpene) and endocannabinoid-like substances palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) and Oleoylethanolamide (OEA) may be useful in treatment.

Dosing recommendations are also discussed, and the presentation concludes with some case studies to illustrate how these different substances have been used in the successful treatment of chronic pain. 
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the different types of chronic pain, giving examples of each type.
  • Describe key mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of chronic pain, including key neurotransmitters involved.
  • Explain how the endocannabinoid system may be involved in chronic pain modulation.
  • Debate the level of scientific evidence of efficacy for medicinal cannabis in the treatment of chronic pain.
  • Formulate strategies for the management of chronic pain using CBD, THC, Beta-Caryophyllene, palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) and Oleoylethanolamide (OEA).

Dr Philip Blair, MD

Dr. Philip Blair, MD, (Colonel, US Army, retired) is a Family Physician and consultant in disease management in the Northwest USA. He graduated from West Point in 1972, attended the University of Miami School of Medicine, training as an Army Family Physician and serving as a combat physician in the first Gulf War. After medical assignments in three continents and 29 years in uniform, he retired from the Army and has been consulting on complex disease management since 2000.

Dr. Blair has been studying, treating, and lecturing about the human body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) since 2014. His goal is to restore health and performance by enhancing the ECS using diet, exercise, appropriate medications and non-psychoactive therapies.
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