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Medicinal Cannabis ADHD & Cannabinoids

Presented by Elisabeth Mack

About this module:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a complex behavioural condition which is all too common in childhood. It has a complex aetiology and pathophysiology, and there is evidence that medicinal cannabis might play a role in treatment. In this presentation, nurse practitioner and experienced medicinal cannabis prescriber Elisabeth Mack discusses the characteristics of this disorder, current pharmaceutical treatment approaches, and how the endocannabinoid system might be involved in the pathogenesis of ADHD. She explains some of the evidence that medicinal cannabis may be able to help treat ADHD and provides treatment strategies for the use of medicinal cannabis in treating some of the symptoms/signs of ADHD and its comorbidities. 
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:

  • Describe the characteristics and comorbidities of ADHD.
  • Critique current pharmaceutical approaches to the treatment of ADHD.
  • Explain how the endocannabinoid system may be involved in the pathogenesis of ADHD.
  • Discuss some of the scientific evidence investigating efficacy of medicinal cannabis in the treatment of ADHD.
  • Formulate a strategy for prescribing medicinal cannabis to treat ADHD signs/symptoms and some of the comorbidities.

Elisabeth Mack

Elisabeth Mack, RN, BSN, MBA founded Holistic Caring in 2016 to bridge the gap between traditional and cannabis medicine through education, guidance, and supportive care for patients with product choices, dosages, interactions and timing. 
Elisabeth is a provider for the California Board of Registered Nursing and authored a curriculum to train healthcare providers to have these conversations with patients, approaching cannabis by emphasizing holistic and functional medicine. 
Elisabeth’s background includes a decade in hospitals where she specialized in psychiatry and medicine. Elisabeth spent the 20 years prior to Holistic Caring in operations and sales management of several health insurance carriers and believes cannabinoid medicines offer health and wholeness through patient empowerment.  
Elisabeth earned an MBA in Healthcare Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and serves on the Boards of the American Cannabis Nurses Association & Los Angeles NORML.
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