The University of Vermont College of Medicine is one of the first medical schools in the US to offer Cannabis education. UVM’s Department of Pharmacology offers this 3-credit course to introduce fundamental concepts in pharmacology and key concepts in human physiology underlying medicinal and other Cannabis use. Students gain an up-to-date scientific foundation in a complex and evolving area of medicine.

Lectures focus on Cannabis taxonomy, medicinal chemistry of cannabinoids, physiological effects, and emerging therapeutic applications. Historical, political, and socio-economic influences on marijuana legislation will also be discussed, along with Vermont’s experience with medical marijuana.

Overview

Cannabis LogoPharmacology 200: Cannabis Past, Present, and Future
• 3-Credit Course
• Offered Annually by UVM’s Department of Pharmacology
• Open to both Continuing Education and Graduate Students

Program Description
The University of Vermont College of Medicine is one of the first medical schools in the US to offer Cannabis education. UVM’s Department of Pharmacology offers this 3-credit course to introduce fundamental concepts in pharmacology and key concepts in human physiology underlying medicinal and other Cannabis use. Students gain an up-to-date scientific foundation in a complex and evolving area of medicine.

Lectures focus on Cannabis taxonomy, medicinal chemistry of cannabinoids, physiological effects, and emerging therapeutic applications. Historical, political, and socio-economic influences on marijuana legislation will also be discussed, along with Vermont’s experience with medical marijuana.

Course content areas include:
•    History
•    Law and policy
•    Plant biology
•    Biological effects on humans
•    Cannabis analytic chemistry
•    Clinical research

This course is open to and was designed for both Continuing Education and graduate students.

 

Curriculum

This 3-credit course, offered by the University of Vermont, Department of Pharmacology provides an introduction to the physiology and pharmacology underlying recreational and medicinal uses of Cannabis. Lectures focus on Cannabis taxonomy, medicinal chemistry of cannabinoids, physiological effects, and emerging therapeutic applications. Historical, political and socio-economic influences on marijuana legislation will also be discussed.

This course is open to Undergraduate, Graduate and Continuing Education students but requires a background in Biology and Chemistry or Instructor Permission.

The course is divided into six areas of content: 1) history 2) law and policy, 3) plant biology, 4) biological effects on humans, 5) Cannabis analytic chemistry, and 6) clinical research. Current information about the Vermont experience with medical marijuana is discussed. This course provides students with a foundation of up-to-date scientific knowledge in a complex and evolving area of medicine, while introducing key concepts in human physiology and pharmacology.

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to be a unique experience for students to develop a broad understanding of Cannabis and its medicinal use, with more advanced concepts relevant to pharmacology and medicine within the context of the following specific objectives:

  1. Discover the importance of Cannabis in the historic development of medicine
  2. Explore the different methods used to extract medicinal benefits from Cannabis
  3. Examine the spectrum between medicines and toxins
  4. Develop basic knowledge of the human body and it’s common diseases

Tuition

Continuing and Distance Education students in a required course of study leading to a degree may be eligible for Stafford Loans. In addition, VSAC sponsors a non-degree grant program for eligible students. Read more about tuition and financial aid.

Karen Lounsbury, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology

Monique McHenry, PhD, Co-Founder of the Phytoscience Institute, Executive Director of Vermont Patients Alliance Inc., and Lecturer, Department of Pharmacology

Wolfgang Dostmann, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology

Registration

There is no application process for this course, but students must meet prerequisite requirements. PHRM 200: Special Topics – Medical Cannabis requires BCOR 103 or NSCI 110 or NSCI 111 or PHRM 201 or Instructor Permission. We encourage you to contact us for help in course selection and the registration process, especially if you’re a first-time student.

Registration is a two-step process.

  1.  Complete the Pre-Registration Form.
  2. Within two business days, you’ll receive an email from the Registrar’s office with further instructions on how to register for classes.

FAQs

What is the time commitment per week for this program?
This is a 15 week, 3 credit course requiring approximately 40 hours of in-class time. Participants should estimate 9 hours per week time commitment.

Do I need any prior knowledge of Cannabis science or pharmacology to take part in this program?
This program does not require any prior knowledge of Cannabis science, but a background in Biology and Chemistry or Instructor Permission is required.

Do you accept undergraduates into the program?
Yes.

Do you require academic transcripts or prerequisites for admission to the program?
This course does not require an academic transcript but a background in Biology and Chemistry or Instructor Permission is required.

What is my student status at UVM?
Non-degree students, enroll at the University of Vermont through Continuing and Distance Education. Your designated status is as a non-degree CE student with rights and privileges to UVM resources. Benefits include access to: Library, Parking, CATcard, Campus & Community Transportation, UVM Athletic events and more.

What is a 95 number (also known as your Student ID#)?
A 95 number is your UVM Student ID number. This is how you are identified in the UVM Banner System. You can find your 95 number in your myUVM portal page.

How do I activate my UVM e-mail/student account?
Go to www.uvm.edu/account and select “Activate Your UVM NetID Account”.   You will be asked to enter your 95# and your date of birth.  After the system recognizes you with a welcome message, you will be asked to set up a password.

What do I use my NetID for?
Your NetID, which typically is 8 letters using your first initial and part of your last name (though this may vary – some have two numbers before the initial), is used to log into the web-based student system located at the “myUVM” portal, to do many things such as register for a course, check your bill, or request a transcript. The first time you enter myUVM, you will be asked to create a security question. If in the future you forget your password, click on ‘Password help” and choose the right option for re-setting your password.

What do I use my Student ID for?
Your Student ID is your 95# which is always a 9 digit number. You’ll need this number to get your CATcard and activate your UVM email the very first time.  In the future, you will need to use it when you ask a professor for electronic permission to register for a class.

How do I activate my UVM email?
Your UVM e-mail is activated when you activate your NetID.  You will have two e-mail addresses, one of which is an alias, like jsmith@uvm.edu and joseph.smith@uvm.edu.  They are the same account.

Why is my UVM email important?
UVM e-mail is UVM’s official method of contact with students and staff.  It is very important that you regularly check your UVM email or forward it to another e-mail account that you check regularly. Once you have activated your UVM email, you can read your email via the web at webmail.uvm.edu or you can access it in your myUVM account.  Important messages from UVM, such as class cancellation notices, billing, announcements of special events, and financial aid communications will only be sent via your UVM email address. UVM professors also use email to notify you of any pre-class assignments or requirements. Billing notifications will ONLY be sent to your UVM email.   It is extremely important to activate your UVM email and check it regularly.

What is myUVM?
As a student, you have access to the web-based student information system (SIS). You can access this system by going to myUVM at:  https://myuvm.uvm.edu.

This myUVM portal link is available in the top right of every page on the UVM website. You can access myUVM using your netID and password, which you also use to access your UVM e-mail.