Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Cannabis and Cardiovascular Disease!

    • How to use this course

  • 2

    Cannabis and Cardiovascular Disease

    • Cannabis and Cardiovascular Disease

    • Script: Cannabis and Cardiovascular Disease

    • Test Your Knowledge

Does cannabis cause, exacerbate, or improve cardiovascular issues?

  • Cardiovascular Issues

    How does cannabis affect heart rate and the amount of oxygen that the heart requires to function properly? Does cannabis cause high blood pressure? Should consumers with existing high blood pressure use cannabis? Are cannabis users more or less likely to experience atrial fibrillation or metabolic syndrome issues (such as high blood sugar, excess belly fat, or high levels of cholesterol)?

  • Medical Research

    What does the medical research state about the impact of cannabis and cardiovascular issues? Have you read that the risk of having a heart attack is 5 times greater in the hour after smoking cannabis? Do you know that this data is based on a single study and 6 patients? What risks have longitudinal studies determined exist for cannabis users?

  • Case Studies

    This module includes a brief summary of two case studies developed by Eloise Theisen and the Radicle Health Clinician Network. Both patients wanted to use cannabis in combination with warfarin, a common blood thinner. Is cannabis contraindicative for warfarin patients? The case studies discuss the treatment plan and results of using cannabis in combination with warfarin.

Radicle Health Instructors

CEO, Radicle Health

Eloise Theisen, AGPCNP-BC

Eloise Theisen, AGPCNP-BC, is a board-certified Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in nursing. She started her own cannabis practice in 2014 and she has treated over 7000 patients using cannabis. Eloise was one of the first healthcare professionals to bring a clinical dosing regimen to the cannabis space and has assembled the knowledge and data to use cannabis to treat a broad range of conditions and disease, especially those that commonly afflict seniors—pain, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Eloise is the President of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and will serve as President through 2022. Eloise is currently an instructor at the Pacific College of Health and Science, San Diego and the Chief Nursing Officer at

President and Chief Education Officer, Radicle Health

Timothy Byars

Timothy is a researcher, writer, and curriculum developer with over 20 years’ experience writing, editing, and developing content. Prior to Radicle Health, Timothy co-founded The Agathist Collective, a consulting and delivery service that helped members—most of whom were seniors—use cannabis to treat chronic and age-related illness. Prior to working in cannabis, Timothy worked for 15 years for Oracle and PeopleSoft as an information architect, technical writer, and curriculum developer. Timothy has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a M.S. in Cannabinoid Sciences from the University of Maryland. Timothy is currently an instructor at the Pacific College of Health and Science, San Diego and at Oaksterdam University in Oakland, CA.