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Cannabis Clinician's Corner

March 2021 - Presented by Dr Philip Blair, MD

About this module:

In Clinicians’ Corner, we discuss clinical questions doctors have around the prescribing of medicinal cannabis with medicinal cannabis expert Dr Philip Blair MD. In this first episode of Clinicians’ Corner, we discuss how to dose in people who might be particularly sensitive or the elderly, how medicinal cannabis might aid in sleep disorders, how to talk to patients about cannabis, some of the potential side effects of medicinal cannabis and what to do about them, whether THC can impair memory and whether cannabis can cause gynaecomastia and erectile dysfunction and much more. 

This presentation is suitable for healthcare practitioners and those with a background in biomedical sciences. It assumes a knowledge of the endocannabinoid system and medicinal cannabis pharmacodynamics.
Learning Outcomes

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

  • Discuss amongst peers what approaches you might take to prescribing for elderly patients or those who may be sensitive.
  • Discuss potential positive effects of cannabis with patients.
  • Advise patients on potential negative side effects of cannabis.
  • Argue the scientific evidence in relation to whether THC can impair memory. 
  • Debate with peers the level of evidence that cannabis use may be associated with erectile dysfunction and gynecomastia.

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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