Cannabis is the most popular recreational drug used in the world. The use of cannabis or cannabinoids is referred to as medicinal cannabis.

Learning objectives

After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Identify medicinal cannabis products available
  • Describe the benefits and risks associated with medicinal cannabis
  • Discuss the role of the pharmacist in supporting appropriate use of medicinal cannabis.

Competencies (2016) addressed: 1.1.3, 1.3.1, 1.3.2, 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.2.3, 3.2.5, 3.3.1, 4.5.2.

Competencies (2010) addressed: 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.2.1, 4.1.1, 4.1.3, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.3, 4.3.3, 7.1.2, 7.2.2.

Case scenario

A doctor from the medical centre down the road has called you to ask for some advice. He would like to know your opinion on the use of medicinal cannabis for the management of drug-resistant epilepsy. In particular, he is interested in how safe and effective it is, any contraindications, and when it would be appropriate to prescribe it for a patient.

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