Medical Use of Marijuana | New York State Department of Health
Primary Course Director: Jeffrey Hergenrather, MD
Co-Director: Michelle Sexton, ND
2018 New York State Healthcare Provider Education Course
This online curriculum is designed to educate practitioners who wish to register with the New York Department of Health (NYSDOH) to certify patients for the medical use of marijuana under New York State’s Compassionate Care Act as well as pharmacists who will be working in dispensing facilities of registered organizations.
This course was developed by the Society of Cannabis Clinicians (SCC) and approved by the New York State Department of Health. Learn morecourse overview (lower on page)
“This is the kind of solid information needed to bring skeptical practitioners in-line with the science of cannabis as medicine.”
-Amy Piperato, MD
Approved by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
The Endocannabinoid System
- The basic function of the endocannabinoid system in various tissues, organs, and body systems.
- The physiologic effect of cannabis on body systems and the side effects of cannabis that patients may experience.
Delivery and Dosage of Cannabis Medicine
- The differences in the absorption and metabolism rates with different methods of cannabis administration in patient treatment.
- Cannabis dependence, addiction, tolerance, and withdrawal.
- Six common delivery systems and dosage considerations for medical cannabis in order to facilitate patient treatment.
Cannabis in Movement and Digestive Disorders, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Cancer, Pain, Immune Deficiency Syndromes
- The utility of cannabis in symptom management in cancer patients.
- The physiological mechanisms by which cannabinoids may be therapeutic for neurodegenerative disorders.
- The use of cannabis for the following severe, debilitating or life-threatening conditions: cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, Huntington’s disease and chronic pain. The severe, debilitating or life-threatening condition must be accompanied by cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms.
Pharmacology of Cannabis
- The pharmacokinetics of cannabis absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination in order to facilitate patient treatment.
Jeffrey Hergenrather, MD
Primary Course Director
Michelle Sexton, ND
Contributing Faculty Members:
- Dustin Sulak, DO
- Laura Borgelt, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
- Deborah Malka, MD, PhD
- Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN
- John McPartland, DO
- Donald Abrams, MD
- Michelle Sexton, ND
- Jeffrey Hergenrather, MD
- Stacey Marie Kerr, MD
- Arnold Leff, MD
- Sydney J. Kurn, MD
Instructions From NYS
Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants seeking to register with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to certify patients for medical marijuana must complete a NYSDOH approved Medical Use of Marijuana course. Pharmacists working in dispensing facilities must successfully complete a NYSDOH approved Medical Use of Marijuana course before they may counsel, or supervise another employee who may counsel certified patients and designated caregivers on the use, administration, and risks associated with approved medical marijuana products.
Practitioners who have completed the course and who wish to register with NYSDOH to certify patients for medical marijuana must follow the below steps:
- Log into the Health Commerce System,
- Select “All Applications” from the “My Content” dropdown menu,
- Click the “M” tab, find the Medical Marijuana Data Management System (MMDMS) application in the list, and click the green and white “+” icon in the “Add/Remove” column to add the MMDMS application.
- After selecting the MMDMS application practitioners will be prompted to enter the following information: the practitioner’s DEA Identification number, specialty, county of practice, course completion date/course provider and public consent options. Practitioners will also be asked to verify the accuracy of their contact information.
Any questions regarding the practitioner registration process should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purchasing a course grants each learner access to lessons and quizzes for up to one year. Access will expire 365 days from the date of your course activation.