The Ins and Outs of Marijuana: A Pharmacist's Guide to Medicinal Cannabis

Tags: Online learning, Medication therapy management


Please note that this course does not meet the OCP cannabis education training requirements. Please take the Essential Cannabis Knowledge for Pharmacists Certificate Program for that purpose.

There is widespread patient interest in the potential role of cannabis to manage the symptoms of many common medical conditions. Although patient acceptance of this therapy is high, clinicians’ overall knowledge and comfort level related to cannabis is generally poor. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by OPA, only 32% of respondents indicated that they had “good” or “very good” knowledge of medicinal cannabis.

This interactive, case-based presentation will explore the role of cannabis in specific patient cases and give participants the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns about medicinal cannabis. The goal is for every attendee to leave with a better understanding of where cannabis could be used, where it should be avoided, and the role of the pharmacist in therapy optimization. 

How to register: To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “PRICING AND REGISTRATION”; a drop-down will open with pricing information for members and non-members*. Select the option that applies to you, then click on "add to cart" to start the registration process.

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If you’re a pharmacist, you may be eligible for funding from the Allied Health Professional Development Fund (AHPDF). Click here for more information, and to apply.

Program outline 

This online program consists of the following modules:

  • The Ins and Out of Marijuana: a Pharmacist’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis
  • Declaration of Completion of Online Module
  • Final Multiple Choice Exam
  • Program Evaluation



Continuing Education Units:

Number of CEUs:  1.25

Accreditation #: 8003-2018-2549-I-P

Accreditation Expiry Date: September 13, 2019


Course Availability:                  

You must complete the course before September 12, 2019; access will be removed after this point.


Learning Format:                  

  • Online, didactic learning modules (1 hr)


Learner Assessment:

  • Multiple choice exam

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key components of cannabis and their potential role in managing chronic conditions
  • Explore the potential caveats and benefits of cannabis
  • Examine the current state of cannabis legislation in Canada
  • Review the most common methods of cannabis administration
  • Examine the potential role of the pharmacist in cannabis use

 Program Completion

To receive the letter of completion for this program, participants will be required to complete the  following requirements until September 12, 2019:                                                                       

  • Complete the program’s online module (instructions will be emailed to you separately after registration).
  • Complete the multiple-choice exam and achieve a score of 70 per cent or more within a maximum of two attempts.
  • Complete the program’s evaluation.


Pre-requisites and Target Audience   
There are no pre-requisites for this program. This online professional development program is  designed to support pharmacists who have an interest in learning and helping patients answer questions about cannabis for medical purposes.

Subject Matter Experts:   

  • Mike Boivin, RPh, CDE, CTH (BScPhm)
  • Maria Zhang, RPh (MSc, PharmD, BScPhm)
  • Karen Ng, RPh (ACPR, PharmD, BScPhm)


 Last updated: September 5, 2018

Inquiries: Please contact OPA’s professional development team by phone at 416-441-0788, option 3 (toll-free in Ontario at 1-877-341-0788, option 3), or by email at

Cancellation policy: Requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing to no later than five days after access to the program has been emailed to you. A $30 (+HST) administration and processing fee will apply. Cancellations will not be permitted once log-in to access the program material has been initiated. Program registration fees will not be refunded after the cancellation deadline.

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Event Date: Recurring | City: Online | Venue: Online

Pricing and Registration
Member Rate
2018 The Ins and Outs of Marijuana   $20.00 Add to Cart 
Non-Member Rate
2018 The Ins and Outs of Marijuana   $40.00 Add to Cart 
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