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Medical Cannabis for Health Professionals, Graduate Certificate

More than 2.8 million people use medical cannabis to treat a variety of conditions, from chronic pain to Crohn’s disease, according to the American Psychological Association* . Learn about the science, benefits, and possibilities for your patients in this 100% online graduate certificate program.

Could medical cannabis bring relief to your patients? How do the properties of marijuana affect the body and mind? What are the risks? This USciences Online graduate certificate program answers these and other questions for practitioners seeking to learn more about a popular yet mysterious treatment option.
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Program Overview

USciences has been at the forefront of medical cannabis research since the early 1970s, before it was classified as a Schedule 1 drug. This four-course graduate certificate program builds on that history, taking health providers inside the business and science of medical cannabis. You’ll gain a better understanding of cannabis pharmacognosy, the literature on its therapeutic effects, and how to converse with patients about their options. 

Upon completing the program, you’ll have the ability to:

  • Describe how cannabis growing conditions affect the cannabinoid composition of cultivars.
  • Discuss how cannabis is produced, distributed, and sold in the United States.
  • Describe the endocannabinoid system, the roles of the different receptors, and how the known effects of various cannabinoids may translate into therapeutic benefits.
  • Identify the non-phytocannabinoids in the plant and their potential therapeutic effects.
  • Explain how cannabinoids and terpenes seem to work in synergy to impact the effects of cannabis on the body.
  • Summarize the risks and benefits of medical cannabis in specific patient populations.

You can transfer up to 3 credits of coursework with a 2.3 GPA or better to the certificate.


At a Glance
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32 Weeks
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Career Outlook

By keeping current with the latest medical cannabis research, you expand the scope of your practice to include guidance for patients seeking effective treatment alternatives. You also position yourself and your practice as an authority when it comes to an industry expected to grow to $30 billion by 2025, according to New Frontier Data.

* American Psychological Association, Monitor on Psychology, Can Marijuana Ease Mental Health Conditions?, December 2018, Vol 49, No. 11.

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