Cannabis Use – Professional Development

Clinical Guidelines

Discover the guidelines on cannabis use in older adults.

For Health Care Professionals

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For Older Adults & Care Partners

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FREE accredited online eLearning modules.

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Funding for this Project was provided by Health Canada (Substance Use and Addictions Program).

Cannabis and Older Adults eLearning Modules

Cannabis consumption among older adults has been accelerating at a much faster pace than other age groups. Healthcare providers have also reported a knowledge gap in this area.

CCSMH developed the Cannabis and Older Adults e-Learning modules to support physicians, nurse practitioners, other healthcare providers and health care students to increase their knowledge and confidence in discussing cannabis with their older patients.

Examples of clinician topics include:

  • Assessing Appropriateness of Cannabis Use for Older Adults
  • Optimizing Communication with Older Adults About Cannabis
  • Monitoring for Potential Adverse Effects of Cannabis Among Older Adults


"In primary care, questions are frequently raised about cannabis use for older adults as a treatment option for various conditions. The e-learning modules on 'Cannabis use in Older Adults' are extremely useful for all clinicians to increase their level of knowledge and confidence about clinically relevant aspects of cannabis. Providers will be more comfortable answering questions about cannabis with their older patients. I highly recommend the modules to all clinicians to help them better manage their older adult patients with complex clinical needs."

Kiran Rabheru MD, CCFP, FRCP, DABPN
Geriatric Psychiatrist, The Ottawa Hospital
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa

David Conn, MB, FRCPC
Co-Chair CCSMH
Vice-President of Education, Baycrest
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Overview of the eLearning Modules

This MOC and MainPro+ accredited evidence-based e-learning module is a knowledge translation tool for physicians, other health care professionals. Students in health care professions interested in the course are also welcome.

The modules are asynchronous and individually accredited, allowing the learner to complete them when convenient and to choose the content that is relevant to their needs.

The modules are 30-45 minutes each and are available in English and French. Topics include the evidence for cannabis and older adults, adverse effects, dosing and how to communicate with patients.

Watch the following presentation about the eLearning modules, presented by Dr. David Conn:

Learn more about a health care student's perspective of the modules:

Registration Information

This series of 11 individually accredited modules (MOC and Main Pro+) can be accessed through Baycrest’s Learning Management System. To create an account and register for the English modules, please carefully read the instructions below and then press the "Register Now" button.

For technical questions please email, the team will respond to you within 1-2 business days.

For questions regarding content of the modules, please contact the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health at: