With its Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research, Humboldt State University in California has been at the academic forefront of marijuana since 2012, but other institutions of higher education in the state are starting to follow suit.
The University of California, Davis, and Sonoma State University are the two most recent institutions to announce engagements with medical cannabis education in California.
On Jan. 31, 2017, UC Davis announced that it will offer “Physiology of Cannabis” to undergraduates this spring. Aimed at biology students, the three-credit course will address the endocannabinoid system, the effects of cannabinoids on the human body and the therapeutic value of cannabis, among other physiological points of interest.
“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,” said Yu-Fung Lin, an associate professor of physiology and membrane biology at UC Davis and the course’s instructor.
While this course is a semester-long opportunity for students enrolled at UC Davis, Sonoma State University’s foray into medical cannabis will come in the form of a one-day program on March 11 and is available to members of the healthcare industry, as reported by The North Bay Business Journal.
The program, “Medical Cannabis: A Clinical Focus,” taught in conjunction with the United Patients Group, will address cannabinoids, terpenes, dosages and legal guidelines, among other medical topics of interest. Members of the healthcare industry can earn continuing education credit for the course.
Before the announcements from UC Davis and SSU, City College of San Francisco had announced on Jan. 13 that it has plans to offer marijuana industry training courses starting in spring 2018.