Medical Marijuana: Helpful or Harmful?

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After completion of this course you will receive 1 Continuing Education Unit
Is this course for me? This course is for RNs, LVNs, Psych Techs, Administrators & Workers for Adult Residential Facilities, Residential Facilities for the Elderly & Group Homes
Course Synopsis:

  Marijuana occupies a strange place in our society, as both an illegal recreational drug, and a unique herbal medication that holds great potential benefit for the treatment of a variety of illnesses.  We all know the cultural stereotypes of marijuana users: “potheads”, druggies, stoners sitting on the couch for hours on end. Munching on food and doing who knows what. Drug use has rightly gained an extremely negative reputation in modern culture, due to the many harmful effects it has on peoples’ lives, and the fact that recreational use of drugs is almost uniformly illegal in our society.

   Marijuana, however, is unlike most other recreational drugs in that it’s a natural plant-derived herbal substance, and isn’t heavily refined, altered, or manufactured.  For thousands of years, the cannabis plant has been used as an herbal remedy for pain relief, prevention of nausea and headaches, and the alleviation of skin conditions and digestive problems, among other ailments.  Proponents of marijuana as medicine point out that it does naturally what modern lab-created medicines do synthetically, with very few side effects. People who are drawn to organic, natural remedies see marijuana as an excellent treatment for many health problems, and scientists are finally beginning to give marijuana the legitimate research and scientific studies that it deserves.

   Many countries have recognized marijuana’s medical potential and legalized its use as medicine. So join our instructor, Donn Kropp, “weed” through the evidence, leaving no “stone” unturned, to discover the facts of medical marijuana.

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Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the physical and psychological effects of marijuana on the human body
  • Recognize the differences between recreational and medical marijuana use
  • Learn about the illnesses and health conditions that are helped by marijuana treatment
  • Gain understanding about the various methods for marijuana intake and treatment
  • Learn about the shifting legality and availability of marijuana for patients
  • Describe the medical effects that marijuana has on various health problems
  • Understand why some patients choose marijuana
  • Gain understanding about your role as a health and human services professional in regards to medical marijuana

Course Instructor Profile:

 Donn Kropp founded CLiCKPLAY Continuing Education University out of a desire to bring others to greater levels of health and wellness. With over ten years of emergency and trauma room experience, Donn brings a seasoned, yet fresh approach to continuing education.

Course Approvals

This course is approved by the following governing boards & organizations:

  • CA Board of Registered Nursing: CA Provider # CEP 15849
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing: CE Provider #50-14108
  • California Board of Vocational Nursing Provider # V10810
  • Psychiatric Technicians Provider # V10806
  • DSS/CCL Division for Adult Residential Facilities (ARF) Vendor Approval # 2000149-735-2: Course Approval # 149-0112-26002
  • DSS/CCL Division for Residential Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) Vendor Approval # 2000149-740-2: Course Approval # 149-0112-26003
  • DSS/CCL Division for Group Homes (GH) Vendor Approval # 2000149-730-2: Course Approval # 149-0112-26001
  • Far Northern Regional Center


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Writers and References

Writer(s): Donn Kropp, RN, BSN & Margaret Petry


  • Lee, Marie Myung-Ok. “Why I Give My Autistic Son Pot” (series). Slate Magazine, 2009-2011. Accessed October 2012.
  • Martin, Mickey (with Ed Rosenthal and Gregory Carter, MD). Medical Marijuana 101. Oakland, CA: Quick American Publications, 2011.
  • Mayo Clinic. “Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)”. Accessed September 2012.
  • Mayo Clinic via “Marijuana as Medicine: Consider the Pros and Cons”. Accessed October 2012.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Drug Facts: Marijuana” Accessed October 2012.
  • U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. “Identification: Industrial Hemp or Marijuana?” Accessed October 2012.




Length: 3 minutes

Is medical marijuana helpful or harmful? This lesson introduces us to the controversial topic.

History & Significance

Length: 8 minutes

In this lesson we’ll take a look at the part marijuana has played throughout history.

Pros & Cons of Use

Length: 4 minutes

The pros and cons of medical marijuana use will be explored in this lesson.

Summary & Final Quiz

Length: 12 minutes

This lesson concludes our lesson on medical marijuana. After viewing the lesson take your final quiz and get your certificate instantly!