Cardiovascular Health: Medical Marijuana & Recreational Cannabis Use – Short Course

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Course Expires September 11, 2025
Credits: 2
Accreditations: CDR
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Review the use of medicinal and recreational cannabis from a clinical perspective by evaluating its safety and efficacy as it pertains to cardiovascular health.

Cannabis (marijuana) has potential therapeutic properties. As a result of expanded legalization of medical and recreational cannabis, cannabis use has increased in the United States. The required reading for this continuing professional education short course reviews the use of medicinal and recreational cannabis from a clinical perspective by evaluating its safety and efficacy as it pertains to cardiovascular health.

A case-study based CPE program allows the reader to apply the information to their work setting and professional interactions with other clinicians.

Purchasing Options: This is available as eDocument plus CPE Test only. Includes a link to the required reading in the course document, electronic test, and 1 certificate with passing grade.

After completing this continuing professional education course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Differentiate between outdated and current evidence-based practice related to the management of cardiovascular disease and cannabis use.
  2. Integrate new knowledge of cannabis use and cardiovascular disease into practice.
  3. Critically evaluate the credibility of research and literature, using evidence-based criteria, to determine the appropriateness of incorporating cannabis use into treatment plans.
  4. Identify safety issues, risks, efficacies, benefits, and limitations of cannabis use for patients with cardiovascular disease.

This course is intended for: RDNs and NDTRs

CDR Activity Number: 172321 Self Study Activity Type: 720 Printed

CPE Level: II

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

      • 8.2.2 Differentiates between outdated and current evidence-based practice related to the management of diseases and clinical conditions.
      • 8.2.4 Integrates new knowledge of disease states and clinical conditions into practice.
      • 8.4.2 Critically evaluates the credibility of integrative and functional medicine research and literature, using evidence-based criteria, to respond to inquiries and to determine the appropriateness of incorporating these interventions into nutrition care plans.
      • 8.4.4 Identifies safety issues, risks, efficacies, benefits, and limitations of interventions.

Note: Numerous other Performance Indicators may apply.

This self-study course includes required reading, a downloadable course document and an online exam with multiple choice, case study based questions. This course exam includes 8 questions. Upon passing the test, the learner can download and print the certificate.

Required Reading for this Course: Medical Marijuana, Recreational Cannabis, and Cardiovascular Health: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association (a link to the document is included in the downloadable course document).

Disclaimer: The text associated with this course is required solely for the course taker to learn the underlying principles that will be applied in taking a case-study based exam. Neither the authors nor the publishers of the text/book have contributed to or endorsed this course.

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Use of cannabis, medically and for recreational use, continues to be a thriving industry. This course presents the topic from the perspective of a dietitian looking to learn more about this substance and health implications with cannabis use. The case study provides a good CPE program for the provider to better understand how this practice might influence their own patient population, particularly with cardiovascular disease, to provide better patient care.
- Cardiovascular Health: Medical Marijuana & Recreational Cannabis Use
Stacey Phillips, MS, RD
This is a timely course because due to expanded legalization of cannabis, all clinicians including registered dietitians will likely encounter clients who use cannabis and they need to be aware of its safety, efficacy and health implications. The course reviews potential therapeutic and medicinal properties of cannabis as well as its concerning health implications for those with cardiovascular disease. It provides safety considerations and advisement for special populations.
- Cardiovascular Health: Medical Marijuana & Recreational Cannabis Use
Mary P. Osak, RD, CSG
This self study course makes a great CPE program, because until this course was available, current information on this topic of medical marijuana and cannabis use has been difficult to find and consolidate into usable and practical information for RDNs and NDTRs.
- Cardiovascular Health: Medical Marijuana & Recreational Cannabis Use
Janice Baker, RDN, CDCES, CNSC, BC-ADM

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