The education platform is accepting a new intake of prescribing physicians in anticipation of imminent UK legislation change
The Academy of Medical Cannabis is endorsed by End Our Pain, one of Europe’s leading medical cannabis advocacy groups
Healthcare professionals in the UK and Ireland can now sign up for access to The Academy of Medical Cannabis (www.taomc.org), Europe’s first ever medical cannabis online education platform, where physicians can better understand Cannabis-Based Medicinal Products (also known as medical cannabis), giving them the confidence to consult with their patients and the knowledge to prescribe this new treatment option safely and effectively.
Professor Mike Barnes, one of Europe’s most learned experts in medical cannabis and medical cannabis policy and Director of Education for The Academy of Medical Cannabis has developed a series of ‘bite sized’ modules providing essential guidance on all aspects of this increasingly relevant treatment option.
The Academy of Medical Cannabis will set the European standard for medical cannabis education and be available to any UK and Ireland physician with an interest in medical cannabis. The platform will also be made available to healthcare professionals in other European countries as their medical cannabis legislation is updated.
The launch coincides with the planned UK rescheduling of cannabis-based medical products from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.
Professor Barnes said of the platform, “The Academy of Medical Cannabis is critical in arming the medical profession with the information it needs to prescribe medical cannabis safely, effectively and with confidence.
“While the Royal College of Physicians, NICE, and other health organisations set standards on guidance and pathways, it is down to The Academy of Medical Cannabis to deliver a deep and thorough learning platform for all doctors, ensuring that patient needs are met as quickly and safely as possible, as part of a functional medical cannabis system,” said Professor Barnes.
The 12 educational modules are comprised of video lectures, animations, interactive illustrations and short tests with each of them featuring a different aspect of medical cannabis prescribing. Subjects include a background to the endocannabinoid system in humans, the plant itself, and its medical uses, from neurological indications through to mental health and GI disorders.
Participating authors include Dr Edmund Bonikowski, a consultant in rehabilitation medicine, who is a medical cannabis expert and has held acute and community based NHS posts in neurological rehabilitation, along with other medical experts in specific therapeutic areas.
The Academy of Medical Cannabis is a free and independent platform for all medical professionals to use.
For more information about The Academy of Medical Cannabis visit www.taomc.org.