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.
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"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. "
Cannabis is a legitimate and growing alternative to the opioid epidemic, and all primary care physicians need to be familiar with its use.
Further understanding the pharmacology of this botanical will enhance its effective and responsible use.
Cannabis is being shown to be highly effective for neurological conditions such as epilepsy.
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.
Knowing the difference between medical cannabis and hemp derived CBD products significantly impacts how this botanical can be utilized, even in unlicensed states.
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.
With Chris Meletis, ND
With Jake Felice, ND
With Rob Streisfeld, NMD
With Dr Kandil
With Jamie Corroon, ND
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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:
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.