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United Patients Group, a medical cannabis education organization, and Sonoma State University are teaming up to offer what they say is the first medical cannabis course from a major public university in the country.

The upcoming one-day course, Medical Cannabis: A Clinical Focus, marks a watershed moment in medical education and the nation’s rapidly evolving acceptance of marijuana, according to UPG and Sonoma State.

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The workshop focuses on the medical application of cannabis and the science behind its efficacy. The current legal landscape at the state and federal level will also be reviewed. The workshop will not cover the business of cannabis cultivation, distribution or retailing. Both healthcare professionals and the public at large are invited to register for this event.

Medical cannabis is now legal in twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia. As of the 2016 election, eight states, including California, have also legalized cannabis for recreational use.

California has a long history of national leadership in medical cannabis research and advocacy. Medical Cannabis: A Clinical Focus from SSU and UPG, is a course designed for pharmacists, physicians, Registered Nurses and healthcare professionals.

Taught by respected nurse Eloise Theisen MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC, the seminar will also feature Dr. Donald Land, Chief Scientific Consultant to Steep Hill Labs, Inc., and Professor of Chemistry at UC Davis.

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Corinne Malanca, United Patients Group:
“Understanding this medicine’s multifaceted effects and legal implications will be a critical aspect of any medical education”
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Topics will cover the Endocannabinoid System, an Introduction to Cannabinoids and Terpenes, Drug to Drug Interactions, Understanding FECO (Full Extract Cannabis Oil), as well as Legal Implications–among other topics. Live streaming of this event is also available.

Founded to serve as advisors to both patients and physicians, UPG has recently offered (CEU credentialed) courses at California Northstate Medical University, which educates and trains pharmacists, and elsewhere.

“Medical marijuana is an ever more important part of the future of medicine,” said United Patients Group cofounder Corinne Malanca. “Understanding this medicine’s multifaceted effects and legal implications will be a critical aspect of any medical education. We’re very excited to partner with such a future-focused, respected University in bringing this curriculum to future medical professionals for the first time.”

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Mary Wilkosz, Sonoma State University:
“I believe this course offering will empower health professionals to gather knowledge and base their practice decisions related to cannabis on accurate information”
[Sonoma State University]

“California Northstate University College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy has always been concerned about giving our medical and pharmacy students, as well as our Alumni, the most current curriculum in the medical field. We’re delighted to partner with a leader in this area such as United Patients Group to create this cutting edge class for our faculty, alumni, and students,” said California Northstate University Dean and Professor, Dr. Grant D. Lackey.

“I believe this course offering will empower health professionals to gather knowledge and base their practice decisions related to cannabis on accurate information,” said Sonoma State Nursing Department Chair Mary Ellen Wilkosz.

“There are some health professionals who are very versed in the use of cannabis for clinical care and others that know nothing or very little,” said Wilkosz.

In many cases, Wilkosz said, this can be attributed to missing information in their early training.

Sonoma State University has no plans to, and is “nowhere close” to, offering a major in cannabis, according to Robert Eyler, dean of the School of Extended and International Education, where the course is offered, reports Cynthia Sweeney at the North Bay Business Journal. Because the university is a public entity, and cannabis is illegal at the federal level, the school is currently barred from offering anything more than medical cannabis education.

Course registration is required. For more information, visit http://unitedpatientsgroup.com/SSU.

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