Cannabis, Pain, and the Opioid Crisis



This class will discuss key concepts surrounding the safety and efficacy of cannabis for pain mitigation, and explore the emerging data demonstrating that cannabinoids may potentially act as either an effective adjunctive treatment or as a substitute for opioid-based medications. It will then provide an overview of the clinical data assessing the substance’s analgesic properties, and also examine prescription drug use trends among chronic pain patients treated with medical cannabis. More limited data assessing the potential role cannabinoids may play in reducing certain drug cravings will be considered, and their possible role in treatment outcomes among those with an opioid dependency will also be discussed.

This free course has been designed to provide you with trusted curated information as a platform to do further research on the relationship between cannabis and prescription pain killers. This course consists of 2 lessons containing short paragraphs summarizing the provided references and 1 mastery exercise.

Special thanks to Paul Armentano and the OU Science Department for providing this content.

Course Curriculum

  • Cannabis, Pain, and the Opioid Crisis Overview
    5 minutes
  • Pain Management
    30 minutes
  • Cannabis Benefits for Patients
    30 minutes
  • Mastery Exercise for Cannabis, Pain, and the Opioid Crisis
    9 questions
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