Following the wave of cannabis legalization for medical and recreational use, universities around the world are launching specialized courses in cannabis medical use. This is already happening in some places in Europe and the United States, and more recently in Israel, which has just created a postgraduate course in the cannabis market, which has everything to continue growing.
Medical cannabis is gaining ground around the world. With this in mind, some universities are looking to train students to work in the sector. With courses that address everything from technical aspects of cannabis growth to issues related to local legislation, these educational institutions have already taken the lead and are preparing professionals to be pioneers in the area.
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Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brazil
Brazil’s Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte held its first course on therapeutic cannabis use in December. The training was promoted by the University’s Brain Institute and was aimed at students and health professionals. Activities will take up four days of study with a workload of 20 hours.
The Brazilian academic community has been interested in medical cannabis, especially when following foreign studies on the use of cannabis in the treatment of conditions such as depression, Hett’s Syndrome, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.
Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Israel
Max Stern Yezreel Valley College is a relatively small university – with only 5,000 students, but it has understood the importance of keeping up with progress.
The university located between the cities of Afula and Nazareth launched a specialization in medical cannabis aimed at students of Behavioral Sciences.
University of Maryland, USA
With a new master’s program, the institution seeks to bring students closer to the science and regulation of medical cannabis.
Italian Cannabis School, Italy
Located in Turin, the institution promotes knowledge about cannabis in Italy, with several courses focused on the sector. Among the topics covered are cultivation, agronomy and the production of medical extracts.
University of North Michigan, USA
This is perhaps the first graduation program entirely focused on the study of cannabis, created in 2016. With a four-year duration, the name of the specialization may even seem more comprehensive, but it is not: “Chemistry of Medical Plants.”
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada
The institution is now offering the course “Introduction to Professional Cannabis Management for Medical Purposes in Canada.” With a duration of 14 weeks, the program seeks to help students develop skills required to run businesses dealing with medical cannabis.
Oasksterdam University, United States
This is the first university in the world dedicated exclusively to the study of cannabis. Founded in 2007, it has a good range of courses in the area, addressing techniques of cultivation, law, politics, history, among other issues related to hemp.
University of Guelph, Canada
As part of its horticultural program, the University of Guelph is now offering an online course on cannabis growing, covering both home-grown and commercial cultivation techniques.
Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), Brazil
Another initiative on Brazilian soil. The students of medicine, biomedicine and pharmacy courses of the UFPB now have a discipline on medical cannabis in their curriculum.
Called “Endocannabinoid System and Therapeutic Perspectives of Cannabis Sativa and its Derivatives,” it should serve to train health professionals in the therapeutic use of the cannabis plant.
Niagara College, Canada
The university offers a graduate program in cannabis horticulture, covering everything from cultivation information to the legal requirements for cannabis production in the country.
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