ATrain Education


Continuing Education for Health Professionals

Cannabis (Marijuana) for Medical Use

Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN

Mary Lynn (ML) Mathre earned a BSN from the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minnesota, and a Master's degree from Case Western Reserve University. She is a Certified Addictions RN through the International Nurses Society on Addictions.

Mary Lynn began her career in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps as a medical-surgical specialist. Having earned her Master's degree, Mary Lynn began teaching at the University of Virginia School of Nursing but changed her focus to addictions nursing and returned to clinical practice.

She first worked on the Addictions Treatment Unit at UVA, then as the addictions consult nurse for the UVA Health System, and from 2004 to 2007 she was executive director of an opioid treatment program in Charlottesville.

  • Contact hours:
  • Pharmacotherapy hours: 3.5
  • Expiration date: May 1, 2020
  • Course price: $26

Course Summary

Reviews the medicinal use of cannabis, introduces the endocannabinoid system, addresses myths, outlines therapeutic indications, and spells out dosages and routes of administration. This course addresses public policy and legal issues as use of medicinal cannabis becomes legal in a growing number of states throughout the United States.

ATrain Education, Inc. is an approved provider by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Context and Environment Category 2—Professional Issues, Contemporary Issues and Trends

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Accreditation Information

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Summarize three myths and truths about cannabis as a medication.
  • Identify phytocannabinoids, and contrast Marinol with cannabis occurring in nature.
  • Explain the endocannabinoid system and its implications for the use of cannabis as medication.
  • Comment on three generally supposed health risks related to cannabis as medication.
  • State three therapeutic effects and indications for cannabis.
  • Discuss four common routes of administration of cannabis.
  • Describe four elements of patient and family education regarding cannabis.
  • Debate three public policy and legal issues associated with the medicinal use of cannabis.

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