As a patient or health care provider, you will learn about the risks and benefits of different types of cannabis and CBD products and will learn how to use cannabis in ways that minimize the risks and maximize any potential benefits.
If you want to learn more about medical cannabis (i.e., marijuana) and hemp-derived CBD, then this Medical Cannabis - The Health Effects of THC and CBD course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder is for you! A person who wants to know more about cannabis and CBD might be:
- A patient or their loved one who wants to understand the potential risks and benefits.
- A health care provider who wants to communicate with patients about cannabis.
- Someone who wants to work in the cannabis industry.
Why do people want to know more about cannabis? The legalization of cannabis (i.e., marijuana) and the recent federal legalization of cannabidiol (CBD) has led to unprecedented access to cannabinoids (e.g. THC and CBD), a projected 60 billion dollar industry (cannabis and hemp) by 2025, and the fastest growing jobs sector in the economy according to recent reports in the media. Despite all of this, there is very little evidence-based information about the health effects of cannabis or about how to maximize the potential benefits while minimizing harm. Parents of children with seizure disorders, veterans with PTSD and chronic pain, cancer patients, and our aging parents deserve better.
Applied Learning Project
Assignments are experiential in nature and designed to provide students with specific skills regardless of their age or their reasons for taking the specialization (to be an educated patient, continuing education for health care providers, or to obtain a job in the industry).
Students will engage with dispensaries, healthcare providers, and/or patients on important questions related to the safety and health effects of cannabis and CBD. For example, students might visit two dispensaries, ask questions about the safety and health effects of products, and compare answers across the dispensaries. Students might also discuss cannabis with their doctor and compare answers. Students will also consolidate learning with the creation of infographics. Creating evidence-based infographics is not only a great learning tool, it also provides a skill that is highly desirable among job applicants in the cannabis industry and in public health and public policy positions.
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- History of Medical Cannabis
- Cannabis, Chronic Pain, and Related Disorders
- Cannabis, Mental Health, and Brain Disorders
- Healthy Aging and the Future of Cannabis Research
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- 4 months
- 3 hrs/week
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- No specific background required.
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Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.