The potential medicinal benefits of cannabis are beginning to become clear and seem very promising, but much more research needs to be conducted. Botany classes are offered at universities across the country and to add in the study of the cannabis plant is only logical now with more than half of the country legalizing it for medical use.
Some universities are offering botany classes that focus exclusively on marijuana. Have you considered studying marijuana as a focus in college?
School’s in session and cannabis is on the syllabus. Accredited schools including University of Vermont and Ohio State University have started offering courses on the biology and use of marijuana as well as legal issues around it. Credit and non-credit course available in this “growing” subject include:
UC Davis undergraduate class on the Physiology of Cannabis, University of Vermont College of Medicine online classes, and Ohio State University Law School’s Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform Seminar.
There are also non-accredited classes for those working in the industry including those at Oaksterdam University.
Shannon Vetto a Seattle-based consultant for the cannabis industry, specializing in finance, applauds the new courses. “Educating people about the science of cannabis and the legal issues surrounding it allows people to enter the industry in a more legitimate way, equipped with real data and real knowledge, not myths,” she said.
At the same time, people are using cannabis for medical reasons so it is important that US Universities are accepting the science of cannabis as a legitimate subject of study.
“Medical Cannabis,” a graduate level course, was first offered in 2016 by the University of Vermont. It focuses on Cannabis chemistry, effects, and emerging therapeutic uses along with the political and socio-economic influences on marijuana laws. About 80 students fill each class.
While there is no actual cannabis in class, students can put together their own field trips to the local dispensary in downtown Burlington. In the chemistry section, the professor brings some samples of purified terpenes that are found in cannabis to describe their effects on scent and to discuss how the different components of cannabis work together.
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