PubMed: Assessing dental student knowledge on cannabis and demonstrating the need for cannabis education

PubMed: Assessing dental student knowledge on cannabis and demonstrating the need for cannabis education

J Dent Educ. 2024 Mar 29. doi: 10.1002/jdd.13529. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

PURPOSE: The American Dental Association advocates for dentists’ education on therapeutic and legal issues related to medical cannabis. It is important to understand current knowledge of cannabis and cannabinoids and to have a practical knowledge assessment instrument. This exploratory study is the first of its kind to assess dental students’ knowledge of cannabis and aims to determine if there is a need for more instruction regarding cannabis in a dental school’s curriculum.

METHODS: Predoctoral dental students at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine were recruited to participate. A validated, anonymous 22-item online survey was adapted and administered to students in all 4 years of the dental program. There was a total of 56 knowledge points.

RESULTS: The average knowledge score was 21.6 points (SD = 5.2, range: 7-34), corresponding to 38.5% (SD = 9.2) of the answers correct. There were no overall differences in knowledge by gender, years in dental school, or by any reported source of formal education on cannabis. Those who reported doing their own research had higher knowledge scores. Most participants knew that there is an endogenous cannabinoid system (72.3%) and that Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is responsible for the “high” experienced with cannabis (76.6%). Most participants reported that they did not know the effective doses of THC (58.2%) and Cannabidiol (CBD) (66.7%); few provided an answer for THC (34%) or CBD (17%) in the acceptable range of 2-10 mg.

CONCLUSION: Dental students did not have adequate knowledge on cannabis and cannabinoids. Given the rapid expansion of cannabis legalization, additional efforts are needed to integrate cannabis topics into coursework and learning experiences.

PMID:38551244 | DOI:10.1002/jdd.13529

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