Cannabis & Cannabinoid Pharmacology
Cannabis. Marijuana. Cannabinoid. Cannabidiol. Tetrahydrocannabinol. CBD and THC. Even the names can be confusing. Cannabis has been around almost forever and, along with it, a reverberating debate on its safety, efficacy, and legality. In order to fully understand cannabis, let’s start at the very beginning: the basic pharmacology, starting with botanical information. Hemp. What is it? Does it rival cotton in the industrial sense. Where does the infamous CBD buzz fit in to the scheme of things? To help patients in the clinical realm, practitioners need to know about the types of marijuana out there. Which cannabinoids do what? This course will cover it all, and what it all means for patient care.
PharmD, MBA, BCGP, CPE
Mark Garofoli, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, CPE is a Clinical Pain Management Pharmacist at the WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management, a faculty member in the WVU School of Medicine Pain Fellowship Program, and a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Experiential Learning for the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Pharmacy (SoP). Dr. Garofoli received his PharmD at the University of Pittsburgh SoP in 2004 and his MBA from Strayer University in 2008. He is board certified in Geriatric Care (BGCP) along with being a certified pain educator (CPE) and certified tobacco treatment specialist (CTTS). Dr. Garofoli began his career with CVS Health in community pharmacy management, then worked as a Humana Healthcare MTM clinical pharmacist, leading to the development of patient-centered and managed care centered programs and the Safe & Effective Management of Pain West Virginia guidelines. Mark has consulted as a CDC grant reviewer, a professional journals reviewer, a civil and criminal expert witness, and is the host of the “PAIN POD” on the Pharmacy Podcast Network with an international audience of 80,000 healthcare professionals. Mark’s professional passions lie within pain management and addiction patient care and education for healthcare professionals and society alike, in essence, trying to make a difference.