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MAR 25, 2020 10:30 AM PDT

Keynote Presentation: Cannabis in 2020: The Contemporary Healer's Responsible Conversation

C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
Speaker
  • Founder, Nurturing Nature Group, Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Master Gardener, University of Florida IFAS Ag-Extension Program
    Biography
      Jeffrey Sherwood Block, M.D. achieved his bachelor's degree from Emory University (1978) majoring in analytical chemistry with a minor in psychology and received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (1982). Block is an American Board-Certified Anesthesiologist who is additionally Fellowship trained in Pain Management & Addiction Medicine.

      His combination of healthcare science and clinical education backgrounds additionally includes agricultural science expertise as an internationally awarded horticulturist and owner of Block Botanical Gardens in Miami, Florida. Dr. Block is the Founder and Managing Partner of Nurturing Nature Group Consultants and serves the Florida Department of Agriculture Extension Offices' programming as a Certified Master Gardener for the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Ag-Extension programs.

      Block authored physician education as mandated by Florida's Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. In 2015, he was selected by Florida's Surgeon General to serve as the only physician appointed to the Florida Department of Health's Negotiated Rule-Making Committee determining the rules to Florida's first legislation concerning cannabis used as a botanical medicine.

      As a uniquely qualified and trusted national leader of high-quality cannabinoid medicine education, Professor Block's academic affiliation has been resourced to instruct healthcare providers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, American College of Physicians (FL), Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, Baptist Health of South Florida, Miami-Dade Medical Association and Miami-Dade College of Nursing, Nova Southeastern School of Pharmacy, University of Colorado; Medical University of South Carolina; and he has presented extensively including as Keynote speaker for Colorado's Marijuana for Medical Professionals conferences and for California's annual Emerald Cup educational programming.

      Professor Raphael Mechoulam of Hebrew University in Jerusalem is widely regarded as 'The Father of Cannabinoid Medicine'. Regarding Dr. Block's current writings, Mechoulam recently praised Dr. Block's contributions to the science: "Your outstanding review has addressed many important aspects very well indeed. I do hope that it reaches the hands of many readers, clinicians in particular! Congratulations. -R"

    Abstract

    Well-documented as a botanical medicine for over 5,000 years, the discovery of endogenous cannabinoid receptors and evidence-based reports indicating the efficacy of medical cannabis for treating pain have renewed consideration of its therapeutic use. Dr. Block emphasizes how appreciating the biologic context of how and why endogenous cannabinoid receptors function will allow healthcare providers to better interpret pre-clinical trials and limited evidence-based data. Examination of the cannabis plant’s biochemistry and mechanisms of action revealed so-called endocannabinoid receptors and their natural ligands, comprising a previously unknown ubiquitous receptor system responsible for maintaining physiological balances that are essential to sustaining animal life. In consideration of opioids and balanced risk reduction strategies, this chapter summarizes evidence-based safety and efficacy profiles that suggest therapeutic balances of phytocannabinoid and terpenoid compounds. Dr. Block’s conclusions discuss a bioethical rationale for compassionate access to cannabis when used for the treatment of pain as well as public health concerns from contaminants to dependence.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the endocannabinoid receptors’ unique mechanism of action and their role in maintaining essential human physiologic balances

    2. Discuss the clinical significance of evidence-based data vs. anecdotal reports

    3. Understand how better legislation can help ensure better patient outcomes.


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