Marijuana is the most common used recreational drug in the United States. Twenty-three states currently have some form of legalized marijuana; eight states have legalized it for recreational use. It is estimated that over 10% of the US population uses it at least once a year. This course will be an unbiased and evidence-based presentation of marijuana and its role in dentistry.
• Understand the pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of marijuana
• Understand how marijuana usage by patients effects their oral health; specific focus on oral pathology, caries risk, and periodontal disease
• Understand interactions of THC with commonly used prescribed medications and be familiar with medical emergencies related to THC
• Explore future areas of research in regards to periodontal health, wound healing, and caries control