Open Wide: Medical Cannabis and Dentistry

  • Friday 1/27/2023
  • Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Course Code: 445RL
  • Cost: $75
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 210 A
  • Credits: 2 CE Hours
Benjamin Caplan, MD is a board-certified allopathic Family Physician and serial entrepreneur in Medical Cannabis patient care. Dr. Caplan has served as founder or executive for multiple industry-leading companies, and has supervised the clinical care of over 280,000 patients with cannabinoid-based therapies. He has published in leading medical journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, curates the world’s largest library of published cannabis publications and ongoing cannabis research, and provides specialty cannabis care, internationally, through the CED Clinic. Dr. Caplan’s forthcoming manuscript on clinical cannabis care is set to be published, worldwide, in 2023. For his efforts revolutionizing medical cannabis care and clinical research, Dr. Caplan was recently named one of the 100 most influential individuals in cannabis.

Medical cannabis is the penicillin of our time. For the established healthcare system, there is so much that is new and different from outdated impressions of the plant’s uses. Clinically, it has shown great potential for widespread positive impact, and yet there are also clear flags of potential concern specifically for dentition. While there is a mountain of literature to shed light on the chemical, physiological, and interactive effects of cannabis through bench and animal models, few practitioners seem to be aware of its existence, and clinical research efforts have been handicapped by decades of undeserved stigma and misinformation.

Through his leadership role at CED Clinic and EO Care, some of the world’s premier medical cannabis clinics and the source of some of the most detailed sequential care cannabis data available anywhere, the instructor has learned the value and potential influence that medicinal cannabis could have to improve traditional dental healthcare practices. This course will provide a discussion and offer a glimpse into what may well be another natural element to strengthen the success of clinical practices, worldwide.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Differentiate when cannabis is really “medical” and how medical cannabis works
  • Identify the benefits and potential concerns of medical cannabis for oral health
  • Understand the caveats, risks, and concerns of cannabis in practice
  • Utilize a reality check to determine the current prevalence, distribution, and usage patterns of cannabis
  • Explore leadership opportunities in cannabis oral healthcare
  • Share valuable resources & cover practical clinical tools to help engage the inevitable transition to a healthcare ecosystem that is embracing cannabis 
Recommended Audience: Assistant, Dentist, Hygienist, Office, Technician