Psychopharmacology

Cannabis Therapeutics: Advising Patients on Safe and Effective Use

Thursday, October 25
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Tangerine WF2

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia now permit the use of some forms of medical cannabis. Decades of prohibition have resulted in a paucity of research and limited opportunity for professional education in the potential uses of cannabis as medicine. This session will provide an introduction to the endocannabinoid system and the principal phytocannabinoids and terpenes. Cannabis dosage forms and rules of thumb for cannabis dosing that may be used to guide patients in safe and effective use of cannabis medications will be discussed.

Maria Mangini, PhD FNP-BC

Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Holy Names University
Holy Names University, Oakland CA
Berkeley, CA

Mariavittoria Mangini, PhD, FNP, has been a family nurse practitioner since 1982. She has written extensively on the impact of psychedelic experiences in shaping the lives of her contemporaries and has worked closely with many of the most distinguished investigators in this field. Her current project is the development of a Thanatology program for the study of death and dying.

Dr. Mangini completed her doctorate in Community Health Nursing at UCSF, where her research centered on drug use and drug policy. Currently she is the director of the MSN/FNP program at Holy Names University in Oakland. She has 35 years experience in Family Practice and Women’s Health including 24 years with the primary care practice of Dr. Frank Lucido, one of the pioneers of the medical cannabis movement. Their practice was one of the first to implement the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996, one of the first medical cannabis laws nationwide, when it became law.

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