From Kanye West to Harry Potter, universities offer educational expertise on just about everything these days. But some colleges have recently taken the initiative to develop course regarding cannabis for interested students.
The University of Vermont was the first to start the trend with a “Medical Cannabis” graduate-level class. Now the college has a full-blown graduate-level program that will allow students to learn topics like the history of cannabis, the effects of marijuana on human physiology, and “the issues related to cannabis’ legal production as a medicine and the benefits and risks of its medicinal use.” Another benefit: Students can learn on-campus or online, if they so prepare.
In addition, UC Davis offers an undergraduate class on the “Physiology of Cannabis.” It aims to increase awareness and understanding of how the cannabinoids and cannabis can affect the human body.
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“This course is one of the few taught on an American college campus with a dedicated theme on the biology, physiology and medicinal effects of cannabis and cannabinoids,” Yu-Fung Lin, the associate professor of physiology and membrane biology at UC Davis School of Medicine teaching the course, said in a release.
If law is more your jam, Ohio State University has a course at their College of Law titled “Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform Seminar.” It teaches students the complicated manner of cannabis laws at the state and federal levels and the evolving legal nature of the two.
“In this seminar, we will examine the social and historical backdrop of intoxicant prohibition, and assess the legal reforms and political debates now having an impact on the control and regulation of marijuana distribution and use,” the course description reads.
While they are not accredited institutions, there are cannabis colleges for those interested as well. Options include “America’s first cannabis college” Oaksterdam University in California and THC University and Cannabis Training University, both in Colorado.