The goal of the CBD education program is to ensure that pharmacists have the necessary knowledge about the medicinal use of cannabidiol (CBD) to consult with patients to help them make informed decisions about choosing to use CBD products.
Pharmacists already have the skills necessary to gain adequate patient information through an interview process, to evaluate risk: benefit ratios for potential treatments, and to educate patients on the safe and effective use of treatments, verifying their understanding of information, and monitoring progress. Therefore, the CBD education program will be organized around the standard Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process, with discussion of how the process differs in some ways from making a standard OTC or Rx drug recommendation. Legal issues will also be discussed.
Basic information about CBD that pharmacists are not likely to have received in their original degree programs will be provided, such as the endocannabinoid system, pharmacologic effects of CBD, adverse effects, drug interactions, and current scientific evidence in support of (or clearly not in support of) CBD use for several disease states for which it is commonly recommended. Additionally, in order to equip pharmacists with very practical information, various dosage forms and administration devices will be discussed, along with product quality concerns and methods to ensure only safe CBD products are being use.
After the initial education program, regular updates will be provided that cover new clinical evidence or changes to recommendation or patient guidelines. Resources developed for use by pharmacists, such as recommendation guidelines or tools to check for drug interactions with CBD will also be developed.
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