Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa VanGetson APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Second Advisor

Susan Cutshall APRN, DNP, CNS

Third Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP, RN


Health care providers are consistently unaware of the implications, efficacy, and resources correlated with medical cannabis and cannabidiol. Thus, patients are uninformed about medical cannabis as a treatment option for their qualifying conditions. Informative educational sessions present a method to facilitate specialty knowledge development regarding medical cannabis and cannabidiol. In this scholarly project, six nurse practitioners and two allied staff members, attended a PowerPoint presentation followed by an open discussion regarding cannabinoids. Examination of post-presentation survey results indicated that felt more informed about the physiology and efficacy of cannabidiol, more aware of the resources for them, and had increased comfort speaking and informing their patients about cannabidiol after the educational session. These results indicate that health care providers’ increased knowledge and awareness about medical cannabis and cannabidiol translates into increased comfort recommending cannabidiol in their patient’s treatment plan. Future implications include continued education to health care providers in different demographics, to expand awareness of medical cannabis and cannabidiol and their associated implications to wellness.


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