Cannabis Basics Science
Research and therapeutic applications for pain, sleep and mental health.
The art and science of the hemp plant as medicine.
The landscape of our understanding of cannabinoid science and cannabis basics and its role in our overall health is changing everyday.
In this course, research and therapeutic applications with cannabinoids will be presented objectively in many areas. You will be challenged to think outside the box on your current beliefs about physical and mental health; and how patient preference, clinical evidence and scientific research all play a key role in patient centered care.
You will complete this course with many answers to the questions you may have about the CBD industry, it’s growing popularity and your role in helping your patients and clients become more educated in the cannabis space.
plants as medicine
This course will take you on a journey to understand how the lost art and science of the healing properties of the hemp plant has shaped our current understanding of this important area of plant based medicine.
You will explore the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) and it’s importance in “directing and correcting” almost every cellular process in our body. The ECS has roles in digestion, inflammation, immunity, stress responses, wakeful and restful states, and has been shown to be neurologically protective following injury to our nervous system. Science has been limited in its progress in the fields of endocannabinoid and phytocannabinoid science; until now.
Joe LaVacca, DPT, OCS
Genevieve Newton, Ph.D, D.C
Alyson Evans, D.C
Carl Craig, Ph.D
Micheal Flemmens, B.S
At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:
1. Discuss hemp plant medicine as a factor to improve our approach to physical, mental and sleep healthcare.
2. Review the history of cannabis and it’s cultural, industrial and medicinal uses throughout time.
3. Define and discuss the differences in terminology used when discussing the cannabis/hemp plant and its chemical compounds.
4. Understand the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and it’s importance in regulating many biological systems.
5. Review cannabinoid research and therapeutic applications of cannabis in treating pain, sleep and mental health disorders.
6. Understand the process of cultivation, extracting and processing the cannabis plant into cannabinoid products and the importance of testing at each stage.
7. Discuss our current understanding of how cannabinoid products are digested and metabolized and the advancements in cannabinoid science to improve their bioavailability.
8. Review the steps for understanding CBD label claims and consider the factors that affect CBD consuming guidelines.
9. Understand the role cannabis/hemp plant medicine has in the future of healthcare.
“Cannabinoid Science, Research and Therapeutic applications for pain, sleep and mental health.” Course Outline
Hour 0:00 – 1:00
Welcome and Introductions
Welcome and introduction of instructor and course participants.
Overview and outline of the course.
Who is Fringe? (Ch 1)
Discuss the term ‘fringe’ as it applies to healthcare professionals.
Discuss the value of working together with our patients/clients to understand and personalize their care.
Healthcare Today (Ch 2)
Review the current statistics on pain, sleep disorders and mental health in America.
Discuss the current model of physical, mental and sleep healthcare.
Identify an alternative solution to a more inclusive approach to healthcare.
Discuss common factors that can improve our overall health and introduce hemp plant medicine as one of those factors.
The Story of the Cannabis Plant (Ch 3)
Understand the difference between ‘cannabis’ and ‘hemp’.
Review the history of cannabis via a timeline.
Understand the cultural, industrial and medicinal uses of cannabis used throughout time.
Recognize the campaign against cannabis in North America From 1910-2000 and it’s political, racial and financial motives.
The Cannabis Plant (Ch 4)
Explore the parts of the Cannabis Sativa plant.
Understand the importance of trichomes and their role in producing cannabinoids.
Understand the difference between major and minor cannabinoids.
Discuss cannabinoid precursors, and understand the difference between acidic and varinolic cannabinoids.
Identify the common terpenes and flavonoids found in the Cannabis Sativa plant.
Endocannabinoid System (ECS) (Ch 5)
Understand the endocannabinoid system’s function.
Discuss the importance of endocannabinoid receptors and their roles in the body.
Identify the main endocannabinoids in the body and their functions.
Discuss how to boost the ECS.
Define phytocannabinoids and discuss the role they play within the ECS.
Identify how to impair the ECS.
Define Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome (CEDS).
Discuss THC and its interactions with the ECS.
Understand the difference between synthetic and organic cannabinoids.
Hour 1:00 – 1:30
Cannabinoid Research – Therapeutic Applications (Ch 6)
Discuss the history of cannabis research 1894 – present.
Understand THC and its effects on the body.
Understand cannabidiol (CBD) and its effects on the body.
Define cannabinoid based medications (CBM).
Summarize the strengths and weaknesses of the scientific literature on cannabis.
Define the pyramid of research evidence and its role in scientific research reviews.
Hour 1:30 – 2:15
Cannabinoid Research and Pain (Ch 7)
Identify the current statistics on chronic pain and its effect on cannabis use.
Summarize the literature on CBM (with THC) research.
Discuss the research for CBD for arthritis and myofascial pain.
Review the research on CBD and pain – human studies.
Understand the mechanism of how cannabinoids affect pain.
Explore the clinical guidelines for cannabinoids and pain.
Hour 2:15 – 3:00
Cannabinoid Research and Sleep (Ch 8)
Discuss the impact that poor sleep has on health outcomes.
Illustrate the amount of cannabis users that utilize it as a sleep aid.
Review CBM (with THC) and sleep positive and negative outcomes.
Discuss CBD and sleep – rodent and human.
Explore the mechanism of how cannabinoids affect sleep.
Explore the clinical guidelines for cannabinoids and sleep.
Cannabinoid Research and Mental Health (Ch 9)
Discuss the prevalence of anxiety and depression in our society and its impact on health.
Review CBM (with THC) and anxiety positive and negative.
Discuss CBD and anxiety – rodent and human studies.
Review CBM (with THC) and depression positive outcomes and negative outcomes.
Discuss CBD and depression – rodent and human studies.
Understand the mechanism of how cannabinoids affect mental health.
Explore the clinical guidelines for cannabinoids and mental health.
Summarize the major cannabinoids research summary.
Hour 3:00 – 3:45
Cannabinoid Research and Safety (Ch 10) (Starts 3:04:50)
Discuss the difference between cannabis abuse vs. recreational use.
Understand the difference between Cannabis use vs. medical cannabis use.
Identify dependence, withdrawal, and safety/adverse events.
Review of clinical data on safety and side effects of cannabidiol.
Explore drug interactions of THC, CBD, and cannabis.
Cannabinoid Research – Minors, Terpenes and Flavonoids (Ch 11)
Review minor cannabinoid research.
Define the following minor cannabinoids and their effects on the body:
● Cannabigerol (CBG)
● Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA)
● Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA)
● Cannabichromene (CBC)
● Cannabivarin (CBV)
● Δ9-tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
● Cannabinol (CBN)
Define the following terpenes and their effects on the body:
Review the current terpene and flavonoid.
Discus minor cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids research summaries.
Explain the entourage effect and its role within using cannabis.
Discuss the future of research and FDA “unknowns”.
Hour 3:45 – 5:00
From Seed to Shelf (Ch 12)
Explain the process of cultivation, harvesting, extracting and processing the cannabis plant into cannabinoid products.
Understand the importance of a certificate of analysis in the cannabis industry.
Understand the importance of testing for cannabinoid profiles, terpene profiles, microbial contamination, heavy metals, residual solvents and pesticides.
Define different extraction practices:
● Supercritical CO2
● Evaporation – solvent recovery
Understand the difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum, distillate, and isolated cannabinoid products.
Hour 5:00 – 5:45
Routes of Administration (Ch 13)
Understand the different formulations of cannabinoid products and their risks vs. benefits.
Compare the following routes of administration:
● Ingestion – oral
● Ingestion – sublingual
Cannabinoid Metabolism (Ch 14)
Define hydrophilic vs. hydrophobic compounds.
Explore the importance of bioavailability.
Understand the ingestion and absorption process.
Define content and metabolites.
Water Soluble Cannabinoid Science (Ch 15)
Define emulsion technology to make cannabinoids water soluble.
Understand why use an emulsion?
Explore the use of nanotechnology.
Understand the benefits of water soluble technology.
Discuss how we can improve cannabinoid products.
Hour 5:45 – 6:00
Navigating Labels (Ch 16)
Understand the implications of a lack of FDA regulation in the cannabinoid product industry.
Define CBD content vs. hemp oil content.
Explore how to assess ingredients and quality of common CBD products.
Cannabinoid Consuming Guidelines (Ch 17)
Discuss the importance of personalized care with CBD products.
Review suggested CBD dosages to use clinically.
Discuss the importance of habit tracking.
Future Directions (Ch 18)
Discuss the importance of plants as medicine.
Review how cannabis is our history and our future.