Certificate in Medical Cannabis (Self-Guided)

Certificate in Medical Cannabis (Self-Guided)

Cannabis has been used for religious, spiritual, industrial, therapeutic, and other purposes for thousands of years. As a result of changes in social and legal perspectives, there has been a surge in cannabis legislation that has outpaced the research available on the use of cannabis and how it impacts the body. Although the use of medical cannabis provides its challenges, social perspectives on the recreational and medicinal use of cannabis has evolved and in turn produced many opportunities. Obtaining your Certificate in Medical Cannabis can help you explore employment opportunities in the evolving cannabis industry.

6 Weeks Access / 8 Course Hrs
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$150.00
$150.00
Self-Guided

Details

Cannabis has been used for religious, spiritual, industrial, therapeutic, and other purposes for thousands of years. It has a complex and culturally significant history throughout the world. During the past several decades, social perspectives on the recreational and medicinal use of cannabis have evolved.

As a result of changes in social and legal perspectives, there has been a surge in cannabis legislation during the last few decades that has outpaced the research available on the use of cannabis and how it impacts the body. This creates new job opportunities and career paths for those passionate about this industry and makes it a great time to explore an online medical cannabis course.

Although the use of medical cannabis has its challenges for healthcare providers, legislators, and employers, it also provides opportunities for those seeking to learn more about the medicinal benefits of cannabis and employment in this field.

The outcome of this medical cannabis course is for you to learn the fascinating history, culture, business factors, as well as the legal, ethical, and social issues related to medical cannabis. You will also learn about the current healthcare applications of medical cannabis and what effects cannabis has on the body. Earning your certificate of completion in this course can open new career opportunities for you as you explore the expanding cannabis industry.

(8.0 contact hours)

Expiration Date (Next date of course revision): 09/01/2026

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships: The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interest or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

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ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions or Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any commercial product(s).

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Syllabus

Lesson 1: The History, Culture, and Business of Cannabis

Cannabis has been used for religious, spiritual, industrial, therapeutic, and other purposes for thousands of years. It has a complex, colorful, and culturally significant history throughout the world. During the past several decades, social perspectives on the recreational and medicinal use of cannabis have evolved. The business of cannabis has also evolved, and with it, there are important considerations for those involved in every aspect of it to ensure that individuals who use cannabis can be assured a safe and effective product.

The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the physical components of cannabis, as well as important aspects of the history of its use, and elements of the business of cannabis, including aspects that address environmental and human health.

Lesson 2: Cannabis and Its Effects on the Body

The use of medicinal plants by humans has occurred since prehistoric times. As a result of changes in social and legal perspectives, there has been a surge in cannabis legislation during the last few decades that has outpaced the research available on the use of cannabis and how it impacts the body. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex biological system comprised of chemical signals and cellular receptors present in our brain and throughout our body. It interacts with cannabis and its compounds and can result in a variety of psychological and physiological effects. If overused, cannabis can also result in many disorders, including the cannabis use disorder (CUD).

The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the endocannabinoid system, the effects of cannabis on the human body, and various use disorders related to cannabis.

Lesson 3: Cannabis—Legal and Social Considerations

Evolving cannabis legalization across the United States and globally is changing the way individuals live with these new laws. While cannabis is still illegal at the U.S. federal level, hemp and its extractions (such as cannabidiol, or CBD) are legal. Cannabis consumers and their reasons for using cannabis are diverse, and they challenge the stereotypes typically associated with cannabis use. While cannabis laws are evolving, there are still social, ethical, and legal issues associated with its use that present both challenges and opportunities for healthcare providers, legislators, as well as employers, and employees of all industries.

The outcome of this course is for the learner to identify key state and federal laws related to the use of cannabis, identify key demographic characteristics of cannabis users, and explain issues related to cannabis as it affects healthcare, employment, social justice, ethics, and legislative advocacy.

Lesson 4: Healthcare Applications of Cannabis

Because of the long history of cannabis as a medicinal plant, there are many who view it as effective in treating a variety of medical and psychiatric conditions. Currently, the research about the effectiveness of cannabis remains diverse, with a few conditions having some credible evidence of benefit for anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neuroprotective, and neuroregenerative processes. There are many considerations about what health conditions could benefit from its use, and there are many routes of cannabis administration that influence the decision to use it.

The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the various health conditions for which cannabis may, or may not be effective, as well as to describe the routes of administration, and clinical concerns about drug interactions and monitoring its effectiveness.

Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Completion Requirements:

You must complete all lessons to receive your certificate. You must pass the final exam in all lessons with a score of 80% or higher AND complete the Evaluation Form in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. Finals are graded as Pass or No Pass. Receipt of your certificate indicates successful completion of the course and that you have passed all final exams with a score of 80% or greater. You may retake final exams as many times as necessary within the duration of the course at no additional charge.

Self-Guided Course Code: T14655