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GPs occupy a particular role within the body of clinicians. Here we will go into specific detail as to what concerns should drive a GPs understanding of cannabis-based medicines, and how to operate them.

General practitioners are arguably the first line of inquiry for most patients. As primary care providers, they are required to have an extremely broad base of medical knowledge in order to diagnose and treat conditions, and potentially refer patients towards specialists.

In this capacity, GPs can expect to have to respond to any number of issues, and will likely be taking on a lot of cannabis-specific questions as more patients become aware of cannabis-based therapies, and as the general field is further destigmatized.

Knowing what conditions and symptoms can be treated with cannabis medicines and how to dose and prescribe them is critical. Being able to discuss recreational drug usage, take histories in relation to cannabis use, assess contraindications and generally operate around cannabis with a high degree of literacy will be essential for GPs and other Primary Care providers.

This course is worth 1 CPD credit

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