Medical Cannabis: The Health Effects of THC and CBD Specialization
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. People WANT evidence-based information about the potential risks and benefits of cannabis products so that they can weigh the pros and cons of cannabis and CBD versus other options. They also want to know how to maximize the positive effects of cannabis while minimizing the side effects. This specialization is designed to provide that information.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Learn about the basic pharmacology of cannabis and how cannabinoids effect the body.
- Learn about the history of cannabis cultivation and legality.
- Learn about the barriers and approaches to cannabis research.
- Learn about the epidemiological data on cannabis use in terms of cognition, education, and behavior.
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