April 25, 2020

The Science, or lack thereof, of Medical Marijuana and Dental Implications

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
presented by Richard L. Wynn, PhD

2 CE credits recommended for dentists, hygienists and dental assistants
Pricing includes breakfast at 7:15 a.m.: $95 for PDA/ADA member dentists; hygienists, assistants and non-licensed personnel; $195 for non-member dentists

Course Description
This lecture will provide an overview of the medical marijuana industry and discuss the federal and individual state standards. Common medical conditions treated with medical marijuana will be reviewed along with the short and long-term effects of marijuana use and the dental considerations of treating a patient who uses marijuana.

Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to:
List the general requirements for marijuana growers, processors, dispensers and providers.
List the primary adverse effects of marijuana after short term and long term use.
Describe the federal standards versus individual state standards for medical use of marijuana.
Explain the mitigation of opioid prescribing with the increase in medical marijuana use.
Name the accepted medical conditions for marijuana use according to the National Academy of Sciences.
Describe any clinical problems with a marijuana user undergoing dental treatment.

About The Speaker


Richard L. Wynn, PhD

Richard L. Wynn, PhD is Professor of Pharmacology at the Dental School, University of Maryland, Baltimore. He was awarded the BS in Pharmacy, MS and PhD degrees all from the University of Maryland. He was a practicing pharmacist for 10 years. He chaired the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland Dental School from 1980 to 1990, and the Departments of Pharmacology and Biochemistry, 1990-1995. Previously he chaired the Department of Oral Biology at the University of Kentucky Dental School in Lexington. His research laboratories have contributed to development of fentanyl-type intravenous anesthetics, inhalant anesthetics and agents for control of chemotherapy-induced nausea. He has to his credit over 400 publications including original research articles, textbooks, book chapters, and monographs. He has given continuing education seminars since 1975 to dental professionals in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. He is the lead author and chief editor of Drug Information Handbook for Dentistry, now in its 24th edition, published by LexiComp, Inc. He is the lead dental content author for the LexiComp Online Dental Web Applications including Iphone, Ipad and Android platforms. He is a consultant to the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners in course development for opiate prescribing and disposal for Maryland licensees. His chief interest is in teaching pharmacology to dental and dental hygiene students, and in keeping dental professionals informed of current and new drug information relative to dental practice.

Dr. Wynn has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


PDA Public Service Award 
The PDA Annual Awards Committee selected David R. Russell, DMD, as the recipient of the 2015 PDA Public Service Award for establishing a permanent dental clinic to provide comprehensive care for the guests of the Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg. The philosophy of restoration of oral health, function and appearance is a critical component of restoration of the entire self – a core goal of the mission. PDA is proud to recognize Dr. Russell’s efforts on behalf of the underserved population in Central PA.

PDA Recognition Award 
Steven Roland Jefferies, DDS, MS, who holds more than 28 patents will receive the PDA Recognition Award for his research and contributions to the art and science of dentistry. During his 20 year career at DENTSPLY International Dr. Jefferies advanced dentistry through product development. In his second career, spanning more than 40 years, he has contributed to the profession by educating future dental leaders. The PDA Annual Awards Committee is pleased to honor Dr. Jefferies for his contributions to dentistry as a researcher and an educator.