Cannabis is composed of hundreds of chemical compounds including cannabinoids (like THC and CBD), terpenes, flavonoids, and others.
Lecture series created in partnership by the OMA and the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research.
The medical use of cannabis is an evolving field with limitations on the amount and quality of research currently available to support its use.
Featuring Dr. Michael Allan, lead author of the 2018 Simplified Guideline for Prescribing Medical Cannabinoids in Primary Care. Created in partnership by the OMA and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Cannabis may not be suitable for some special risk populations, including:
For a detailed overview of the risks of cannabis use in the populations listed above, and links to position statements from the relevant medical societies, visit our Cannabis and Special Risk Populations page.
Resources to help physicians better prepare for and manage acute cannabis-related presentations.
Toxicologist and Emergency Medicine physician Dr. Kennon Heard draws from the experience of emergency departments in Colorado to comment on the factors that have contributed to the rise of cannabis-related visits to the ER.
He addresses the pharmacology of cannabis and offers practical advice to help Ontario’s Emergency Medicine physicians better prepare for and manage the following cannabis-related presentations:
|Cannabinoid Basics||Current Evidence for Use||Special Risk Populations|
|1. Allan MG, Finley CR, Ton J, Perry D, Ramji J, Crawford K, et al. Systematic review of systematic reviews for medical cannabinoids. Canadian Family Physician. Feb 2018; 64:e78-e94.||X|
2. Allan MG, Ramji J, Perry D, Ton J, Beahm NP, Crisp N, et al. Simplified guideline for prescribing medical cannabinoids in primary care. Canadian Family Physician. Feb 2018; 64: 111-120
Guideline Summary (two pages)
|3. College of Family Physicians of Canada. Authorizing Cannabis for Chronic Pain or Anxiety: Preliminary Guidance. Sep 2014||X||X|
|4. Health Canada. Information for Health Care Professionals: Cannabis (marihuana, marijuana) and the cannabinoids. Ottawa ON: 2013.||X||X||X|
|5. Kahan M, Srivastava A, Spithoff S, Bromley L. Prescribing smoked cannabis for chronic noncancer pain: Preliminary Recommendations. Canadian Family Physicians. Dec 2014; 60:1083-1090.||X||X|
Updated: May 27, 2019