Medical Cannabis: Emerging Treatment Strategy or High-risk Fad?

The medical, dental, ethical, and legal realities surrounding "medical marijuana" or "medical cannabis" are rapidly evolving in the United States. This presentation provides an overview of the current legal status, pharmacology, benefits, risks, and abuse liability of medical cannabis—along with a general framework for counseling patients. This course meets new prescriber continuing education requirements for opioid and pain management in Minnesota and throughout the United States*.
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How to complete this course

  1. Watch the video.
How to receive CE credit
  1. Register for the course. Course Number CF3022.
  2. Complete your brief quiz and course evaluation.
  3. Receive a Certificate of Completion via email.


Learn How To

  • Consider your role in patients' ethical use of medical cannabis
  • Understand the evidence for the therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis
  • Recount the potential risks of medical cannabis
  • Identify the key pharmacological differences between tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD)
  • Apply knowledge about medical cannabis risk and benefits to conversations with your patients

*Please consult your state’s continuing dental education requirements prior to registering for this course. View Minnesota's continuing education requirement on opioids and non-pharmalogical pain management.

Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Marijuana & Public Health Guide & Fact Sheets

Training Methods

Electronically mediated: illustrated lectures, case studies

Credits and Fees




1.5 hours

Minnesota Continuing Dental Education Credits

1.5 Fundamental Credit Hours

Includes CORE Subject Area:

  • Ethics
  • Patient Communication 


Jon Ebbert, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic. His primary appointment is as a Consultant within the Division of Community Internal Medicine, where he also serves as the Associate Chair of Analytics and Quality. Dr. Ebbert completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Minnesota and his residency with Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Ebbert’s research focuses on the promotion of a healthy lifestyle through the treatment of substance use and abuse.

Additional Details

Recorded: February 5, 2020. Reviewed and launched: March 3, 2020. Expiration date: 2022.

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