Cannabis, Pain & 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.

There are no scheduled times. You may complete the modules on your own schedule, and you will have 180 days to complete the course.

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