MC101: Introduction to MC for Health Professionals & Patients


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MC101 is designed to be an easy to follow and understand introduction to medicinal cannabis. It will introduce you to the basics of cannabis history, the science behind its medicinal properties and the clinical applications in the management of chronic medical conditions as well as treatment options, possible side effects and drug interactions. It will also guide you through the prescribing requirements in Australia and the associated regulatory processes. Please view the curriculum for a full list of topics covered in the course.

This course aims to encourage doctors to start embracing cannabis as an important therapeutic agent and inspire further learning while providing patients with a thorough introduction on how medicinal cannabis can help them in various ways.

Cannabis was prohibited 80 years ago in 1937, prior to this it had been used by humanity for thousands of years. Between 1841 and 1937 cannabis was prescribed by doctors and made by pharmacists for the treatment of multiple medical conditions. Doctors were against cannabis prohibition and the AMA president Dr William Woodward stated in 1937 that banning this plant would stagnate medicinal use and scientific research.

In spite of prohibition, millions of people around the world use cannabis, legally or illegally and report multiple benefits. Cannabis is now re-emerging as an important therapeutic agent and for it to be adopted in the safest and most beneficial manner education is the key.


Course Details:

Duration: 5-6 hours
Expiry: 12 months from enrolment date
Delivery: Online slides and audio delivered through the eLearning platform

Notes: The course is delivered online and can be completed at your own pace. Once enrolled you have instant access to all the course lessons as well as future updates for 12 months and are able to continue the course at anytime through the My Profile link on the website.


  • Introduction 

  • History Of Medicinal Cannabis 

  • The Endocannabinoid System 

  • Pharmacology  

    • Pharmacology
    • The Entourage Effect
    • Effects Of Δ⁹-Tetrahydrocannabinol
    • Effects of Cannabidiol
  • Overview of Palliative Care 

    • Cannabis and Palliative Care
    • Palliative Care: Mechanisms of Action
  • Overview of Cancer 

    • Cannabis and Cancer
    • Cancer: Mechanisms of Action
  • Overview of Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting 

    • Cannabis and Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting
    • CINV Mechanisms of Action
  • Overview of Neurodegenerative Diseases 

    • Neurodegenerative Diseases
    • Neurodegenerative Mechanisms of Action
  • Overview of Epilepsy 

    • Epilepsy
    • Anticonvulsant Mechanism of Cannabis
  • Overview of Multiple Sclerosis 

    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • MS Mechanisms of Action
  • Overview of Chronic Pain 

    • Cannabis and Chronic Pain
    • Chronic Pain: Mechanisms of Action
  • Overview of Drug Addictions 

    • Cannabis and Drug Addictions
    • Drug Addictions: Mechanisms of Action
  • Delivery Methods 

    • Overview Of Delivery Methods
    • Inhalation Delivery Methods
    • Oral Delivery Methods
    • Topical Delivery Methods
    • Rectal Delivery Methods
    • Delivery Methods Conclusion
  • Patient Management & Monitoring 

    • Potential Drug Interactions
    • Adverse Effects of Cannabis
    • Biphasic Effect
    • Treatment Considerations
    • Patient Management & Monitoring
    • Dosing Challenges
    • Reporting Requirements
    • How to Submit an Adverse Event Report
  • Patient Access 

    • Patient Access
    • Import & Supply
  • Final Exam 

    • MC101 Final Exam
    • Section One
    • Section Two
    • Section Three
    • Section Four
    • Section Five
  • References 

  • Conclusion 


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    Great intoduction

    This was great exposure to the complexities of medical cannabis in australia