Essential Cannabis Knowledge for Pharmacists Certificate Program

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The Essential Cannabis Knowledge for Pharmacists Certificate Program is a CCCEP-accredited and OCP-approved cannabis education program developed and delivered with the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy.Image result for university of waterloo school of pharmacy

Learning objectives

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

Module 1: Laws and Regulations

  • State the federal and provincial legislation, regulations, policies and guidelines related to cannabis, and their provisions
  • Outline the laws and regulations that govern how cannabis is used in Ontario
  • Describe the legal differences between recreational and medicinal cannabis in Ontario

Module 2: Ethical Principles and Professional Responsibilities as a Pharmacist

  • Review the difference between morals and ethics
  • Describe four ethical principles (beneficence, non-maleficence, respect for persons, and accountability/fidelity) for pharmacy practice in Ontario
  • Apply the four ethical principles to cannabis in Ontario
  • Identify situations where pharmacy professionals should seek guidance related to cannabis

Module 3: Pharmacology of Cannabis and Cannabinoids

  • Explain pharmacology of cannabis and cannabinoids
  • Compare various dosage forms and routes of administration
  • Explain the benefits and risks of cannabis use
  • Explain the difference between medical cannabis and recreational cannabis

Module 4: Applying the Knowledge of Cannabis into Practice

  • Identify and assess knowledge sources in terms of quality of evidence and degree of bias
  • Educate patients on objective and evidence-based information
  • Address the following when interacting with patients:
  • most common side effects of cannabis
  • precautions and contraindications
  • dosing principles of cannabis
  • presentation of cannabis withdrawal and tolerance of cannabis
  • diagnostic features of cannabis use disorder
  • key treatment principles for cannabis use disorder
  • drug interactions with THC and CBD and their clinical significance
  • List the harms reduction measures for youth using cannabis
  • Describe the risks of cannabis in the geriatric population
Program Completion
  • To receive the certificate of completion* for this program, participants will be required to complete the following requirements before March 28, 2021:
  • Complete the program’s online modules (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.
  • Successfully complete the reflective exercise
  • Complete the program’s evaluation.

Statement of appropriate use of the continuing education certificate: participants who achieve the certificate of completion may state that they have a continuing education certificate in the Cannabis and Patient Care in Pharmacy. The program certificate does not provide participants with professional certification credentials.


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Continuing Education Units:

  • Number of CEUs:  3
  • Accreditation #: 8003-2019-2697-I-P
  • Accreditation Expiry Date: March 28, 2021

Course Availability
You must complete the course by March 28, 2021; after which access will be removed.

Learning Format:
Online learning modules (3 hrs)

Learner Assessment:

  • Multiple choice assessment
  • Reflective exercise

Prerequisites and Target Audience

There are no prerequisites for this program. This program is developed for pharmacists for their mandatory cannabis education training in Ontario.

Subject Matter Experts

  • Mike Beazely, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
  • Kelly Grindrod, Associate Professor, Programmatic Assessment Officer, University of Waterloo  
  • Michael Boivin, Pharmacist Consultant, CME Developer – CommPharm Consulting
  • Karen Ng, Clinical Pharmacist, Women’s College Hospital
  • Alison Wong, Pharmacist, North West Telepharmacy Solution

Last updated: April 2, 2020

How to Register: To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on 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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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

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Cannabis for Pharmacists 2020   $50.00 Add to Cart 
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