Medical Cannabis: What Rehabilitation Professionals Should Know About Cannabis

Medical and/or adult use marijuana is legal in most states. Our patients are using cannabis recreationally and medicinally to control pain and symptoms for many different diagnoses. 

This 2 hour course will introduce the participant to the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoids like CBD and THC. We will review the effects of cannabis on the body, what to expect if our patients are using cannabis, indications and contraindications for use.

Approved for 2.0 CE credits in Illinois
Cost: $50

Meet Rhea

Rhea Jacobson, DPT, MS has been treating complex patients for over 30 years. While pursuing her DPT she came across a documentary on medical cannabis and was inspired to create an educational course for an assignment in pharmacology. This interest ultimately led to pursuing a master’s degree in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Dr. Jacobson has extensively presented courses and lectures on medical cannabis to individuals and large groups of over 1000 people.


At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between cannabis, hemp and marijuana.
  • Describe the difference between endocannabinoids, phyto-cannabinoids and synthetic cannabinoids.
  • Differentiate between CB1 and CB2 receptors; where are they located in the body?
  • Describe the differences in the effect of CBD and THC.
  • Describe physiological effects of cannabis and contraindications to use.
  • Describe different modes of administration; pros and cons.
  • Cannabis laws in Illinois and how they relate to physical therapy.

Approved for 2.0 CE credits in Illinois

This course is not intended for use by participants outside their scope of practice.


The presenter of this continuing education program HAS NO proprietary interest in a product, instrument, device, service or material discussed during this event. This interest encompasses grant/research support, consultation, honorarium, stock or other financial/material support