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Parkinson's Disease and Medicinal Cannabis

Presented by Elisabeth Mack

About this module:

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological condition with no known cure. Western pharmaceuticals are used to manage symptoms but many have side effects and/or are not effective. Nurse educator Elisabeth Mack (US) explains how the endocannabinoid system is involved in Parkinson’s Disease and why medicinal cannabis may be useful in its treatment. This presentation discusses some of the research evidence, presents two case studies and gives practical dosing guidelines for clinicians based on Elisabeth’s clinical experience. 

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 symptoms and signs associated with Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Explain how the endocannabinoid system is altered in Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Justify the use of medicinal cannabis (including THC and CBD) in the treatment of signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease based on actions of phytocannabinoids including neuroprotective effects. 
  • Argue the scientific evidence that supports the use of medicinal cannabis in the treatment of signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. 
  • Formulate a treatment strategy for treatment of symptoms and signs associated with Parkinson’s Disease.

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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