Come May, McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada will offer a first-of-a-kind post-secondary course in cannabis.
The 3-segment program — which is aimed at present university students, first responders, health-care professionals, and the general public — will begin online with its first segment, next month. Reportedly, the course will be overseen by Dr. James MacKillop, holder of the Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research, Director of the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research, & Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research.
The individuals who enroll under the Science of Cannabis program would have first-hand exposure to all different aspects of marijuana research that are being pursued within the aforementioned centers.
The spread of misinformation and wrong interpretations about cannabis was the primary reason behind the inception of this program. People who complete this course will be experts at differentiating between marijuana facts and fiction; thus, they can spread their knowledge among people and help clear the ignorance regarding the topic.
Under the first segment — The Fundamentals of Cannabis Science, which will be instructed by Dr. Michael Amlung, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McMaster University — students will get to learn about the constituents of the plant, the different kinds of marijuana, pharmacology and routes of administration, effects (both positive and negative) on the body, the cannabis policy in Canada, and proven therapeutic benefits.
Besides launching the new certification, researchers at McMaster University are collecting data on as many as 1500 people “to see whether their attitudes and cannabis use change over time.”
Cannabis was federally legalized in Canada in October 2018, and the first set of legal pot-shops are due to open today (April 1) in Ontario. However, as of now, only 10 stores in Ontario have received the necessary licenses, that is, one store per 1.43 million people.
For more information on the Science of Cannabis course, head over to the University’s official website here.