Dr. Jose Lanca

Cannabis – Going to Pot?

3 CE Credits

COURSE OUTLINE: Cannabis is a commonly used drug with significant adverse effects and potential for abuse and dependence. Its therapeutic use for specific medical conditions – including neuropathic pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis, analgesia in cancer patients and prevention of chemotherapyinduced nausea and vomiting - has been approved by Health Canada. Considering the recent legislative changes for the non-medical use of cannabis, it is expected that its use, adverse effects and risks will become more frequent. Therefore, it is important for all healthcare professionals to acquire an evidence-based knowledge of the of the endocannabinoid system, exposure to cannabinoids and implications to dental and systemic health.  

The goals of this presentation are: 1. Discuss the basic organization of the endocannabinoid system; 2. Discuss the mechanisms of action of cannabinoids in medical cannabinoids and in cannabis; 3. Discuss the adverse effects of cannabis smoking and ingesting on oral health (e.g., xerostomia, periodontal disease, caries, stomatitis and gingival hyperplasia); 4. Discuss the legal framework of non-medical cannabis use; 5. Discuss the clinically relevant interactions between cannabis and other compounds, including alcohol and opioids; 6. Discuss recommendations for prevention and management of non-medical use of cannabis.  


Dr. A. José Lança, MD, PhD  

Dr. José Lança, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology in the Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (UofT). He is also affiliated with the School of Graduate Studies and Centre for the Study of Pain at the UofT.  

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, American Pain Society, and the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

  Dr. Lança has been the Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, at the UofT. He has contributed extensively to curriculum development and teaching of pharmacology. He teaches extensively and is the director of several undergraduate as well as graduate courses in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the UofT.  

He has developed and taught courses and seminars in Continuing Medical and Dental Education, including the Canadian Dental Association, Ordre des Dentistes du Québec, Saskatchewan Oral Health Professions, Ontario Dental Association, Ontario Dental Hygienists’ Association, and at the UofT - Continuing Education.  

Dr. Lança has published extensively in various areas including herbal medications, neuropharmacology, and pharmacology of alcoholism and drug abuse. He has edited a pharmacology textbook, and has written several chapters in medical pharmacology textbooks.