Massachusetts Medical Society: Module 8 -The Medical Use of Marijuana in ALS

Module 8 -The Medical Use of Marijuana in ALS

Module 8 - Medical Use of Marijuana in ALS

Created by Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD and Stephen B. Corn, MD 

Editors' Note: Medical marijuana has become an important area of study in healthcare. Doctors and healthcare professionals must understand the medical, legal, and social issues to best respond to their patients' questions and attend to their needs. This content area is not intended to encourage or dissuade the use of medical marijuana, but has been created to provide a balanced portrayal of the research in this area.

This module will review the available clinical evidence for the use of cannabis in treatment of ALS disease and associated symptoms.

Learning Objectives

After reading this material, a participant will be able to:

  • List the reasons why cannabinoids appear to be potential therapeutic candidates both from a symptom management and disease modifying perspective
  • Explain how cannabinoids could modulate ALS - related pain
  • Explain how cannabinoid therapy could potentially modulate the spasticity and muscle cramps associated with ALS
  • Explain how cannabinoid therapy could potentially modulate the wasting and cachexia associated with ALS
  • Explain how cannabinoid therapy could potentially modulate the production of excessive saliva in ALS patients
  • Explain how cannabinoid therapy could potentially modulate the depression associated with ALS
  • Explain how cannabinoid therapy affects the quality of sleep of ALS patients


Colleen O'Connell, MD FRCPC
Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Alan Ehrlich, MD
Clinical Assoc. Professor, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine (UMMS)

Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD

Stephen B. Corn, MD
Founding Editor-in-Chief,

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: $15.00
Non-MMS Member: $27.50
Allied Health Professionals: $12.00



CME Credit

1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™  

Accreditation Statement for Joint Providership
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and
policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint 
providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and The Answer Page, Inc. The
Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for 

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Physician Assistants may claim 1.25 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Continuing Education Credit for Pharmacists
The Board of Registration in Pharmacy in Massachusetts, (BOARD), accepts three continuing education types:  ACPE,  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ , and continuing education activities approved by any State Board of Pharmacy.  Click  here  for a list of all state Boards of Pharmacy.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  

Activity Term

Original Release Date: June 15, 2017
Review Date: N/A
Termination Date: June 15, 2020

System requirements:

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8 
Mac OSX 10.6 higher 
Most modern browsers including: 
Firefox 18.0+ 
Chrome 26+ 
Safari 5+ 
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) 
Android devices including tablets and phones. 
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


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