Medical Cannabis Curriculum for Nurses

Course Director: Eloise Theisen, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC


You Will Learn About

  • Nurses' role when providing medical cannabis as a treatment option
  • Communication strategies for patient education
  • Delivery and dosage
  • Potential substance abuse disorders related to cannabis
  • Legal implications for nurses

The American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) and TMCI Global have collaborated to develop the first comprehensive, online medical cannabis curriculum for nurses. Topics include the Endocannabinoid System, Dosing, Medical Risks and Legal Implications. The curriculum features 12 lessons from 11 different authors.

Purchase grants each learner one year’s access to lessons and quizzes (access expires 365 days from date of course activation). This product is available at a discounted rate for ACNA members. 

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Lesson Plan

Brief History of Cannabis

Author: Alice O’Leary Randall BA, LPN, CT

Learning Objective: Discuss the historical use of cannabis as a medicine and its subsequent prohibition.

Medical Grade Cannabis Cultivation

Author: Heather Manus, RN

Learning Objective: Describe basic horticultural and cultivation requirements for medical-grade cannabis.

Endocannabinoid System

Author: Carey S. Clark, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, RYT

Learning Objective: Explain the basic structure and function of the endocannabinoid system.

Cannabis Dosing and Administration

Author: Eloise Theisen, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

Learning Objective: Describe at least four different methods of cannabis administration.

Medical-Surgical Nursing and Cannabinoid Interventions

Author: Leslie Reyes, RN

Learning Objective: Identify and describe at least five nursing diagnoses seen in the medical surgical setting in which cannabis would be an appropriate intervention.

Cannabis in Psychiatry

Author: Bryan Krumm, ARNP-BC

Learning Objective: Explain how cannabis can be helpful in at least three mental health/psychiatric related diagnoses. Identify at least three areas of potential risk with the use of cannabis.

Side Effects and Medical Risks Associated with Cannabis Use

Author: Eloise Theisen, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

Learning Objective: Identify medical risks and side effects associated with cannabis use.

Cannabis Prohibition: The Harmful Consequences

Author: Ken Wolski, RN, MPA

Learning Objective: List at least three harmful consequences related to cannabis prohibition.

Cannabis Interactions with Opioids and Cannabis Addiction

Author: Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN

Learning Objective: Examine cannabis use patterns in order to determine potential substance use disorder. Describe the interactions between cannabis and opioids.

Hemp - Benefits and Uses

Author: Marcie Cooper, RN, MSN, AHN-BC

Learning Objective: Understand the benefits and uses of hemp.

Cannabis Research and Evidence Based Practice

Author: Eileen Konieczny, RN

Learning Objective: Describe how medical research and evidence-based nursing can be applied to further medical cannabis legislation locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

Legal Implications for Nurses

Author: Ken Sobel, Esq.

Learning Objective: Describe the legal implications regarding medical cannabis and nursing.

Course Director: Eloise Theisen, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

eloiseEloise Theisen is a certified adult geriatric nurse practitioner who specializes in cannabis therapeutics and has over 15 years’ experience working in oncology, treating hundreds of patients with various ailments. Her work with seniors and cannabis has gained her national and international recognition.

Contributing authors:

Alice O’Leary Randall, BA, LPN, CT
Heather Manus, RN
Carey Clark, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, RYT
Eloise Theisen, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC
Leslie Reyes, RN
Bryan Krumm, CNP. ARNP-BC
Ken Wolski, RN
Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN
Marcie Cooper, RN, MSN, AHN-BC
Eileen Konieczny, RN
Ken Sobel, JD