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Pharmacology

This course describes the actions of drug actives (and pharmaceutical products) on biological systems and the body. Factors influencing the intensity of drug responses (e.g. routes of administration, pharmacokinetics—absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion) will be addressed. Receptor-mediated drug action will be examined as it applies to a variety of drug classifications. A brief overview of the formulation of pharmaceutical products and their relationship to pharmacological activity will be examined, relating pharmaceuticals to the practical application of pharmacology. Major categories of drugs (CNS, cardiovascular, antihistamines, NSAIDS, etc.) will be discussed along with their actions, adverse effects, etc. A brief introduction to cannabis and its pharmacology will also be included.