Clinicians need access to high-quality education on up-to-date research and clinical applications of cannabis-based medicine for therapeutic use. Researchers, professionals, and students require education on law, policy, plant biology, and chemistry relating to cannabis, as well as the biological effects and pharmacological properties of cannabinoids in the human body. Legislators, patients and the general public also require information about this evolving area of medical science.

University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine was the first medical school in the country to offer a non-credit certificate program in cannabis science and medicine. At the forefront of academic health care, these programs address the emerging need for evidence-based medical cannabis education through programs like the following:

An introduction to the pharmacology underlying recreational and medicinal uses of cannabis. Focuses on cannabis taxonomy, chemistry of cannabinoids, physiological effects, and emerging therapeutic applications. Discusses historical, political and socio-economic influences on medical marijuana legislation. 

UVM is the first medical school in the nation to offer a professional certificate in cannabis and medicine. Our seven-week, online professional certificate is designed for physicians, dispensary personnel, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, and regulators.

Created in UVM’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, this 8-week, fully online evidence-based program will cover cannabis chemicals, genetics, agricultural best practices, post-harvest handling, processing, as well as how cannabis effects the human body through learning basic pharmacology and examining the different modes of administration.

For people seeking well-researched    1 ¼ to 2 hour briefings focused on important aspects of Cannabis Science & Medicine, we are offering five individual modules that can be completed independently. 

How Cannabis Affects the Body & the Brain, presented by Peter Jackson, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Karen Lounsbury, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology

This 2016 series of talks examined the history, policies, and emerging dynamics around Cannabis.

Dr. Monique McHenry looking at plant near waterfall