CBD and Hemp: What You Need To Know

4.25 hours

CBD and Hemp: What You Need To Know


In 1996, California became the first jurisdiction in the United States to legalize the use of marijuana in medical settings. In Canada, the use of legal medical marijuana began five years later, and has led to a nationwide legalization of its recreational use. Because of the ever-increasing use of cannabis as medicine, it is more important than ever that practitioners have a functional knowledge of cannabis and the cannabinoid system, in order to effectively care for their clients.

This three-lesson course provides a naturopathic look at CBD and the cannabinoid system, including gut-brain axis, neurobiological interactions between stress and the endocannabinoid system, and the effects of CBD on sleep and pain. As an experienced physician in the world of medical marijuana, Dr. Chris Meletis presents a succinct and evidence-based perspective on the need-to-knows of medical marijuana.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the physiology of the endocannabinoid system and its effects on other organ systems and metabolic processes
  • Explore current research trends in medical marijuana
  • Learn practical applications of CBD and hemp in clinical practice through case study review
  • Review dosing guidelines and discuss nuances in dosing for various populations

Course Content

  • Lesson 1 | Physiology of the Endocannabinoid System 45min
  • Lesson 2 | Hemp and Pain Management 2h 00min
  • Lesson 3 | CBD and the Microbiome 1h 30min


Dr. Chris D. Meletis is an educator, international author and lecturer. He serves as the executive director for The Institute for Healthy Aging. His personal mission is “Changing the World’s Health One Person at a Time.” He believes that when people become educated about their body that is the moment when true change and wellness begins.

Dr. Meletis has authored/co-authored 12 books, including His Change of Life; Liberation from Allergies; Interactions between Drugs and Natural Medicines; Safe Herbs; Herbs and Nutrients for the Mind and many others. He has also authored over 250 national scientific articles in such journals and magazines as Natural Health, Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, Complementary Prescriptions and Natural Pharmacy.

Dr. Meletis served as Dean of Naturopathic Medicine and Chief Medical Officer at NCNM for 7 years and was awarded the 2003 Physician of the Year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Continuing Education Approvals

  • Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

    2.125 CEUs total (up to 2.125 CEUs Category B) -Direct Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    4.25 credits total (up to 4.25 credits Category A, up to 0.5 credit Category A - Prescribing) -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    4.25 CEUs total (up to 4.25 CEUs General, up to 0.5 CEU Pharmacy/Pharmacognosy) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    4.25 hours total (up to 4.25 hours General, up to 0.5 hour Pharmacology) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    2.125 CPDs total (up to 2.125 CPDs Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    4.25 CMEs total (up to 4.25 CMEs General, up to 0.5 CME Pharmacology) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

    4.25 continuing competence credits total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    4.25 hours total (up to 4.25 hours Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    4.25 credits total (up to 4.25 credits Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

    4.25 CEUs total (up to 4.25 CEUs Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • Idaho Board of Medicine: Naturopathic Medical Board (ID BOM: NMB)

    4.25 hours total (up to 4.25 hours General, up to 0.5 hour Pharmacology) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    4.25 CEs total (up to 4.25 CEs General, up to 0.5 CE Pharmacy) -Assumed Approval
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