Integrative Cannabis

6-Module Self Study Online CE Course: Therapeutic Value and Pharmacology of Exogenous Cannabinoids 

9 PHARMA CEU CREDITS APPROVED FOR NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS  

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Hello Physicians!

Thank you for taking the time to educate yourself in the fast growing consumer and medical market of cannabis. Since the legalization of medical cannabis, and more recently its recreational use, it has become more and more important that practitioners are aware, educated and fluent in this popular botanical medicine. Cannabis has an incredible and varied use profile, and can also be a drug of addiction; it has the ability to serve as a highly beneficial opioid alternative, while at the same time causing social and psychological problems. It is a drug/botanical that is not going away anytime soon, and practitioners need more education in its therapeutic use. This multi-week course is surely to give you a solid foundation in understanding cannabis and cannabinoids and their interaction with physiological systems as well as their implications for clinical practice.  

Cannabis is a controversial subject! But, no matter where you stand on the political, moral, or ethical spectrum, in support or against this botanical medicine, cannabis is here to stay. The increase in legislative efforts allowing for its medical use, along with its growing recreational legalization is mandating that medical practitioners are aware and knowledgeable of the effects, interactions, benefits, and complications of its use. This multi-week course is intended to give a solid foundation of understanding for the clinical use and therapeutic understanding of cannabis, as well as the legal implications of its use in clinical practice. We hope you find it beneficial to your practice.  

Love it or hate it, you’re going to have to learn about the use of cannabis in both a medical and non medical context sooner or later. Currently, cannabis is not included in botanical medicine courses at most of the naturopathic or allopathic medical schools, however its use is rapidly increasing and a need for knowledge of its effects and therapeutic use are also increasing. This multi-week course includes the foundational elements necessary to understand the major and minor constituents of cannabis sativa/indica, as well as its therapeutic indications, physiological indications, dosing and complications. It will serve any practitioner needing or desiring a more in depth understanding of the plant.  

ln Health, Razi Berry | Publisher of NDNR 

92% of patients say medical marijuana works  

-Washington Post 

What if your patients had these outcomes?

"For ten years, I struggled with debilitating neurological pain. I couldn’t find answers from the best doctors at Stanford and UCLA. 

I was a blubbering mess when I first met Dr. Aimée Shunney. Rather than giving up or fixating on one symptom as so many specialists had done before, Dr. Aimée recognized that my problem was systemic. Her ability to see beyond the pain that had stumped everyone else saved my life. "  

- Anonymous

The power of learning Cannabis Medicine 

Growing Demand

Cannabis is a legitimate and growing alternative to the opioid epidemic, and all primary care physicians need to be familiar with its use.  

Effective Medicine

Further understanding the pharmacology of this botanical will enhance its effective and responsible use.

New Approach

Cannabis is being shown to be highly effective for neurological conditions such as epilepsy.  

Clinical Applications

Learning the various routes of administration as well as how to use medical cannabis in a non-psychoactive manner is tremendously beneficial in everyday clinical practice.

Use in all 50 States

Knowing the difference between medical cannabis and hemp derived CBD products significantly impacts how this botanical can be utilized, even in unlicensed states.  

Endocannabinoid System

Developing an understanding of the endocannabinoid system will help flush out when medical cannabis is a health promoting tool versus a detrimental drug of addiction. 

76% of doctors supported use of marijuana for medical purposes. - New England Journal of Medicine

Who is this Cannabis Training for?

  • Practitioners who are interested in the therapeutic use of cannabis.  
  • Practitioners who want more information about the systemic effects of cannabis.  
  • Practitioners who want more pharmacological knowledge of cannabis as a botanical medicine.  
  • NDs in states where marijuana is legal - both medically and recreationally - regardless of whether it is in ND scope.  
  • NDs who would like to gain Pharmacology CEU for a relevant botanical medicine that is used pharmacologically.  
  • Individuals needing foundational knowledge about the physiological effects of cannabis.  
  • Individuals who are looking for alternatives to opioids and pain medication.  
  • Individuals who are interested in non-psychoactive uses of cannabis.  

Opioid prescriptions under Medicaid have dropped by 5.88% in states with medical cannabis laws compared with states without such laws [...]

- CNN

When you enroll, you will receive: 

  • 6 modules of content taught to you by the leading experts in Cannabis Medicine. You will have access to all content for one year.  
  • PDF of all slides presented  
  • Video and mp3 recordings of all presentations, so you can review them on your time  
  • Over 9 hours of clinically relevant content to apply directly to your practice  
  • 9 Pharma CEUs approved for Licsenced NDs  
  • Access to prerecorded Q and A in a private Facebook Group with the instructors from that week.  
  • Certificate of completion awarded upon completing the course  

Integrative Cannabis Curriculum  

MODULE 1

Stress, Adrenal Health, and Cannabidiol: The ECS-HPA Connection

  • Knowledge of the difference between hemp and marijuana.  
  • Understand how the ECS can support healthy HPA axis function.  
  • Understand CBD as a regulatory or balancing agent of the ECS.  
  • Evaluation of how baseline endocannabinoid levels can affect the stress response and anxiety.  
  • Application of CBD as it relates to HPA axis function in clinical practice.  
  • Understand quality, sourcing, safety, and legal issues surrounding medical cannabis.  

With Aimee Shunney, ND

With Chris Meletis, ND

MODULE 2

The Role of CBD Targeted Clinical Strategies on the Microbiome and Gut-Brain Axis

  • Understand the role of CBD receptors in the GI tract.  
  • Understand how CBD receptor activation can alter microbiome microenvironment.  
  • Appreciation of the clinical utility of HEMP derived CBD on Brain and Gut Health.  

MODULE 3

Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System

  • Understand the widespread impact of the endocannabinoid (ECS) receptor system as a regulatory system in human physiology.  
  • Analyze the difference between different ECS receptor types and their different functions.  
  • Evaluation of ECS receptor stimulation as an individual, rather than a dose dependent, regulatory mechanism.  
  • Application of ECS targeted therapies on a wide range of functional organ systems and specific disease processes.  

With Jake Felice, ND

With Rob Streisfeld, NMD

MODULE 4

Cannabis Derived PhytoNutrients: From Origin to Delivery System

  • Understand the different categories of phytonutrients derived from Cannabis, including but not limited to cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids.  
  • Appreciation and understanding of the plant as it was provided by nature in comparison to modern methods of preparation and processing.  
  • Knowledge of the various methods of delivery for Cannabis derived phytonutrient therapy.  

MODULE 5

Cannabis Chemotypes, Chemovars & Terpenoid Entourage Effects 

  • Identify main cannabis chemotypes (1-IV) and phenotypes (indica/sativa)  
  • Understand different effects of different strains (chemovars) and terpene dominance  
  • Understanding and utilization of entourage effect of cannabinoids and terpenes and clinical applications  
  • Evaluation of chemical fingerprinting of cannabis strains  

With Dr Kandil

With Jamie Corroon, ND

MODULE 6

Dosing and Administration of Medical Cannabis

  • Characterize the complex dynamics of dosing and administration of cannabis and cannabinoids  
  • Outline the pharmacokinetic differences between various methods of administration  
  • Evaluate the dose-response relationship  
  • Discuss contraindications and drug interactions in order to promote safe use  
  • Describe a method of dose titration based on individual patient tolerability  

Over 2 million patients currently hold a medical marajuana card in the United States 

Your Panel of Cannabis Experts & Instructors

AS SEEN ON:

Dr. Aimée Shunney, naturopathic physician, has been in private practice for nearly 20 years. Currently at Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine in Santa Cruz, CA, she blends conventional medical diagnosis and treatment with the use of natural therapeutics like dietary and lifestyle counseling, nutritional supplements, and herbal medicine. She specializes in women’s health, bio-identical hormone balancing, sexual medicine, and functional digestive issues. She has been an educator and medical advisor to various companies in the natural products industry since 2011. 

Dr Rob Streisfeld is a passionate consumer advocate and educator with over 15 years of Natural Health & Natural Products Industry experience. A Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Certified Natural Food Chef, “Doc Rob,” as widely known, provides an informed and innovative perspective to support branding, marketing, PR, and other business development needs with a focus on education and community.  

Over the past decade, Doc Rob has helped to identify and expand key health categories such as probiotics, enzymes, whey protein, fermented foods, whole food supplements, and more. His passion for plant-based, whole food nutrition is both sincere and contagious. His most recent focus is rooted in Cannabis, cannabinoids, and the benefits they offer. 

Dr. Chris D. Meletis is an educator, international author and lecturer. His personal mission is “Changing America’s Health One Person at a Time.” He believes that when people become educated about their health that this is when true wellness is achieved.  

Dr. Meletis has authored 14 books, has received awards including the naturopathic physician of the year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He has written over 200 nationally published wellness articles. He served as Chief Medical Officer and Dean of Naturopathic Medicine for the National College of Naturopathic Medicine for seven years, during which time he started 16 clinics to serve the poor and started the first nationally credentialed naturopathic residency program.

Dr. Jake Felice, N.D., L.M.P. is a charismatic public speaker and social media expert on the topic of medical cannabis. As a consultant and national cannabis brand ambassador, Dr. Felice provides scientific, medical, public relations, and compliance based advice for companies in emerging and existing cannabis markets. Dr. Felice has consulted for major cannabis companies including Willie Nelson’s brand, Cannabis Basics, Medical Marijuana 411, Seattle Central Community College, and The Academy of Cannabis Science. He is a recognized cannabis expert and blogger at CannabisMatrix.com.



Dr Kandil graduated with his medical degree (MD) from Ross University School of Medicine in May 2015. He then went to do telemedicine for the insurance industry where he firsthand experienced many of the limitations within the conventional medical system. While continuing to do independent research into supplements and natural healing, he also had the opportunity to spend 6 months shadowing renowned integrative and holistic family medicine doctor, Dr. Madiha Saeed. There he saw first hand patients with severe autoimmune chronic illnesses making substantial and lab-verified improvements in health through proper diet, exercise, mindfulness and appropriate supplementation. He soon came to learn of naturopathic medicine and found its core guiding principles to resound with his research findings as well as his personal philosophical approach to patient care. He then enrolled in the naturopathic medicine program at National University of Health Sciences with advanced standing in September 2016 and graduated as salutatorian of his class in August of 2018 with his ND. As a researcher of medical cannabis and botanical medicine for the past decade with a focus on industrial hemp-derived CBD for the last 5 years, Dr Kandil is using his combined educational background and passion for botanical medicine to make his contribution to the field of hemp-derived foods and nutraceuticals. Using his combined knowledge of the food science, supplement and medical fields, he then went on to co-found Better Living Botanicals, a company focused on creating innovative and palatable CBD based formulas of the highest quality, delivered at an affordable price.  

Dr. Jamie Corroon, ND, MPH is the founder and Medical Director of the Center. Dr. Corroon is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, peer-reviewed clinical researcher and industry consultant with a focus on medical Cannabis. He is also a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at National University of Natural Medicine. Dr. Corroon earned a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, a leader in naturopathic education and integrative medicine research. He subsequently completed two years of residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, and is a former adjunct professor at Bastyr University California. Dr. Corroon earned a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Dr. Corroon has completed certification programs from both the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine. He is a member of both organizations. Dr. Corroon is committed to investigating the important clinical and public health questions resulting from the broadening acceptance of Cannabis in society. He lives in San Diego, California.

Your Host

Node Smith, ND, is a naturopathic physician in Portland, OR and associate editor and CE director for NDNR. He is an expert in vitalist medicine, including hydrotherapy, botanical medicine, homeopathy, and nutrition. He has mentored and trained with some of the most well known naturopathic doctors of this generation. He is also an adept counselor and life coach. He is also a master at helping others overcome obstacles, or turn obstacles into opportunities. He believes in humanity, he believes in health, and he believes in those he works with. He is more than a doctor, he is a counselor and a guide. Node currently occupies the role of executive director for the nonprofit Association for Naturopathic ReVitalization (ANR), which strives to faciltate and promote experiential education in naturopathy, Currently he helps support three multi-generational naturopathic weekend retreats in California, Washington, and Oregon. He is a passionate leaner, a dedicated professional an a devoted husband. 


As part of the Integrative Cannabis Course you will get: [$600 Value]

  • 6 modules of content taught to you by the leading experts in Cannabis Medicine. 
  • PDF of all slides presented  
  • Video recordings of all presentations, so you can review them on your time  
  • Over 9 hours of clinically relevant content to apply directly to your practice  
  • 9 Pharma CEUs approved for Licsenced NDs  
  • Access to prerecorded Q and A in a private Facebook Group with the instructors from that week. 
  • Certificate of completion awarded upon completing the course  

PLUS THESE AMAZING BONUSES! [$397 Value]

  • Medical Cannabis – CBD Reduces Inflammation, Is Immunomodulatory and The Effect Can be Obtained Without “Getting High”, with Dr. Chris Meletis
  • [Ebook] Oxygen - Nature’s Gift of Life and Health 
  • New Certification Program for Hemp Oil Benefits Manufacturers, Healthcare Practitioners, and Consumers This Townsend Letter cover article is the first in a series in which Dr Meletis discusses the emergence of cannabinoid-rich hemp oil as a promising therapeutic, with both clinical experience and published studies to support its use.
  • Evidence for the Clinical Use of Cannabinoid-Rich Hemp Oil in the Management of Pain, Inflammation, and Stress In this article, Dr Meletis talks about the endocannabinoid system, its role in health, and how the endocannabinoid system interacts with the adrenals, sex hormones, and gut.
  • Reviewing the Many Applications of Cannabinoid-Rich Hemp Oil and the Role of the Gut-Brain Axis In this article, Dr Meletis addresses the use of cannabinoid-rich hemp oil to treat a number of conditions, as well as discussing the role of cannabinoids in the gut-brain axis.  
  •  July 2018 Pain Management Issue of Naturopathic Doctor News & Review


Total Value $997 

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Continuing Education FAQs

Most of the questions regarding continuing education have to do with specific discrepancies on pre-approval of credits or the type of credits approved - CEU versus CME. These questions are fairly straight forward to answer for the naturopathic profession. While answers to questions of approval for other professions - chiropractors, nurses, acupuncturists, and MDs - largely depend on whether those professional boards recognize the ND license as an valid and accredited license in that state, or within that profession. For the MD profession, courses given by a licensed naturopath may be denied for CE simply because the presenter was a naturopath - in fact, this is how the continuing education requirements for MDs read.  

  • ALL NDNR COURSES ARE PRESENTED AND FACILITATED BY LICENSED NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS AT A DOCTORAL LEVEL AND INTENDED TO BE SPECIFICALLY RELEVANT TO THE CLINICAL PRACTICE OF NATUROPATHY.  
  • ALL NDNR COURSES HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION APPROVAL THROUGH THE OREGON BOARD OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE (OBNM) AS WELL AS THE COLLEGE OF NATUROPATHS OF ONTARIO.  
  • THE COURSES PROVIDED THROUGH NDNR MEET THE CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS OF MOST OF THE NATUROPATHIC REGULATORY BOARDS. IT IS STILL THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL PRACTITIONER TO KNOW THEIR BOARD’S LAWS AND TO INQUIRE WITH SAID BOARD IF THERE IS A DOUBT, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE LICENSED IN ANOTHER PROFESSION.  


DO I HAVE TO GET MY CE CREDITS PRE-APPROVED? No! Yes! - It depends on what state you are licensed in. But first, keep in mind, if you are practicing in an unlicensed state (naturopaths), you don’t need to prove your continuing education. It may be a good idea to log your credits from the courses you take over the years, just in case you end up moving to a licensed state, or your state becomes licensed.  

Many states don’t have a pre-approval process of their own, and have statements such as this, from New Hampshire’s regulatory law:  

“For the purposes of this section an "approved continuing naturopathic medical education program" means a program designed to continue the education of the licensee in current developments, skills, procedures, or treatment in the licensee's field of practice, which has been certified by a national or state naturopathic medical society or college or university and approved by the board”  

This allows for courses to be taken for continuing education if they have been approved by another regulatory body, a process called “reciprocity. For our purposes here reciprocity means that a board will acknowledge another state or professional regulatory organization (such as a college or association) previous approval of a continuing education course.  

  • Alaska is the only licensed state that doesn’t mandate continuing education.  
  • Colorado - Does not provide pre-approval. Though, all courses taken through NDNR should meet requirements for Professional Development Activities (PDAs) if the course is relevant to your specific learning plan and goals. Montana - Does not provide pre-approval. Though, all courses taken through NDNR should meet CE requirements, as long as the course content falls within your scope of practice.  


DOES MY BOARD HONOR CE CREDITS APPROVED FROM OBNM or CONO? The Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM) does the entire naturopathic profession a great service by pre-approving of continuing education (CE) courses at no charge. The College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) also does this. The application process involves submitting course documents, presenter CVs, as well as an OBNM specific application. Most licensed states recognize CE approved by the OBNM through a process referred to as “reciprocity.” Below is a list of all the states and provinces that recognize CE credits through reciprocity:  

  • New Hampshire 
  • Maryland 
  • Connecticut 
  • Arizona 
  • District of Columbia 
  • Hawaii 
  • Kansas 
  • Maine 
  • Minnesota 
  • North Dakota 
  • Utah 
  • Vermont 
  • Washington

   

DO MY CE CREDITS COUNT IN CALIFORNIA? California - a wonderful place to live, a horrible place to do business. The process by which an organization goes through pre-approval of a CE course is quite expensive. In addition, California does place limitations on the number of CE units that may be completed online. The course content of all NDNR courses should meet the California requirements, except being approved by the CAND, or California Naturopathic Committee. If you would like to submit the course documents and presenter information for your own personal approval, NDNR will more than happily supply you with all you need. Please contact Node Smith - node@ndnr.com.  

DO MY CE CREDITS COUNT IN CANADA? Naturopathy is one of the few professions that shares licensing exams across the United States and Canada. Because of this, the reciprocity from the OBNM should suffice for most provinces, except Ontario, to which NDNR also submits longer multi-week courses for pre-approval.  

However, note that the continuing education requirements in Canada are slightly different than in the United States.  

  • Ontario - Even if a course is not pre-approved for Category A units through CONO, the courses through  
  • Manitoba - Honors reciprocity. Courses through NDNR should meet the requirements for Category B units.  
  • Saskatchewan - Honors reciprocity through CONO, though may not need approval for Category C units. Categories D-E may be eligible depending on course material and professional goals. See provincial regulations for more details.  
  • Alberta - Does not provide pre-approval for continued competence hours. Courses through NDNR should meet requirements for these hours provided they the course material falls within your scope of practice.  
  • British Columbia - All NDNR courses should meet the requirements for Category C hours and some may meet Category F (prescriptive authority) hours.  

DO THESE CE CREDITS COUNT AS CME CREDITS? Yes, if the course meets the requirements of the regulating body, then yes, continuing education (CE) is simply a more general term for continuing medical education (CME). All NDNR courses should meet requirements for CME, if they meet requirements of the regulatory body in question.  

DO MY CE CREDITS COUNT FOR ANY OTHER PROFESSIONS? Probably, though this is a question that must be taken on an individual basis per state and regulatory body involved.  

  • Chiropractors - Regulated by state, each state having different requirements. However, many states do not pre-approve CE, and simply “deny” CE that falls outside of the requirements of the board. If NDs are licensed in your state, it is likely that all NDNR courses will fulfill CE/CME requirements. Please verify with regulatory board.  
  • Acupuncturists - It is an expensive process to get pre-approval through the NCCAOM, and it is unknown at this time how many acupuncturists are interested in completing courses through NDNR for CE. Also, it appears that not all acupuncture boards require CE. If NDs are licensed in your state, it is likely that NDNR courses will fulfill CE/CME requirements if the course content is within your scope of practice. Please verify with regulatory board.  
  • Nurses - Regulated by state, each state having different requirements. Some states don’t even require that nurses complete CE, and others have a patient contact requirement as the CE requirement. Check with your regulatory board.